Melania Trump will discuss cyberbullying with tech giants: report

Melania Trump will discuss cyberbullying with tech giants: report
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpNY Times columnist Bret Stephens calls Ted Cruz ‘a serpent covered in Vaseline’ The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' MORE plans to meet with major tech companies to discuss strategies to combat cyberbullying, sources told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

The meeting is reportedly expected to take place on March 20 and would mark Trump’s first official policy push to carry out her campaign against internet harassment.


Trump is expected to ask the tech giants — which include Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snap — about their actions to fight harassment on the internet, sources familiar with the effort told the Post.

However, the first lady is not expected to draft policy proposals to take on cyberbullying. Her team has also chosen to avoid the term “cyberbullying” and prefers to focus on “the need for kindness online,” the Post reported.

"Mrs. Trump has simply asked for a meeting to discuss one of the many things that impacts children — as she has done many times in the past, on several different topics," a White House spokesperson told The Hill in a statement.

The first lady had announced shortly after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE’s election that she would make fighting cyberbullying one of her main initiatives, but only spoke about it a few times afterward.

However, the first lady began to again focus on cyberbullying after the recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. According to the Post, she has hired new aides, including a policy director, signaling that she might be gearing up to pursue a policy initiative.

After the Florida shooting, numerous videos attacking the victims were shared on YouTube, which is owned by Google, and widely circulated thanks to the site’s algorithm that recommends similar videos.

During a speech offering support to the survivors of the Florida shooting, the first lady said adults should monitor kids’ behavior on social media.

“As I have said before, it is important that, as adults, we take the lead and the responsibility in helping our children manage the many issues they are facing today,” she said. “This means encouraging positive habits with social media and technology, even limiting time online and understanding the content they are exposed to on a daily basis.”

Many have pointed out that her husband is prone to go after people on the internet.

President Trump often resorts to Twitter to attack his opponents. A number of his most popular tweets from 2017 featured attacks against his opponents, including CNN or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, ABC News reported.

The first lady will also reportedly meet with Microsoft and the Internet Association —  a lobbying group for the tech industry — and several consumer groups.

Updated: 7:40 p.m.