(Reuters) – When conservative meme-maker Carpe Donktum got an invitation to a White House summit, he thought the email might be spam.
“I asked around because I wasn’t sure if it was a mass marketing thing,” said the stay-at-home dad who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, declining to give his real name for fear of harassment against his family.
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He churns out social media content that has been shared by U.S. President Donald Trump and last year won a $10,000 meme contest run by Infowars, the website founded by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. His alias is made-up Latin for “seize the donkey,” referring to the Democratic Party symbol.
On Thursday, he will join other pro-Trump online personalities for what the White House billed as a gathering of “digital leaders” where invitees expect to discuss alleged censorship by the tech giants.
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Facebook Inc said it had not been invited while Twitter Inc and Reddit declined to comment. Alphabet Inc’s Google did not respond to requests for comment.
Carpe Donktum, who was recently suspended by Twitter for eight days over a video depicting Trump as a cowboy attacking CNN journalist Jim Acosta, said the face-to-face event could unite online conservatives.
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The meme-maker was not the only one surprised at his call-up. John Matze, the libertarian CEO of Parler, a Twitter alternative used by Trump supporters, said he had tracked the IP address to ensure his invitation was real.
Invitees said they had received little information about the event but in a statement to Reuters, the White House positioned it as follow-up to an online survey launched by the administration in May for people to report “suspected political bias” on social media.
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