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Former Colorado bartender Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, warned Colorado conservatives Friday about a growing threat: censorship imposed by large tech corporations that control internet search results and social media platforms. He contends progressives who own and control social media companies are determined to defeat his father and other conservatives in 2020. Toward that end, he says, the companies silence center-right voices and promote the other side with generous distribution. The president's eldest son spoke Friday night to thousands at the W estern Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center. His censorship remarks came one day after his father led the "Presidential Social Media Summit" at the White House to discuss high-tech censorship of his supporters and other conservatives.

Trump spoke as the last of Friday's lineup of well-known speakers—including Christians, Muslims, Jews and others—who discussed threats to religious liberty and free speech globally and domestically. Trump said he "has a bit of the Trump gene," which makes him a compulsive social media pundit. "It's called Tourettes of the thumbs," he quipped, referring to a neurological disorder that causes repetitive and involuntary verbiage and body movements. In recent years, he said, his experience on a variety of social media platforms has changed. He no longer feels free to communicate without interference.



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