The president hosted what he called a "social media summit" at the White House on Thursday, where he and his allies complained that big tech companies have suppressed their voices out of political bias.
In freewheeling remarks that bounced from one topic to another - not unlike his Twitter feed followed by more than 61 million people - Trump talked about the power of social media, and railed against the traditional media standing at the back of the room. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".
In his 50-minute address, Trump reflected on some of the spelling and punctuation mistakes he has made on Twitter, bemoaning how they are jumped on by the media.
He offered no specific proposal but said he was directing his administration "to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech of all Americans". These tech giants have been under pressure to address a litany of online ills, including the rise of disinformation, three years after Russian agents spread falsehoods on social media during the 2016 election.
Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being "on the side of the Radical Left Democrats".
Big Tech should not be silencing the voices of the American people.
Regardless of the rhetoric, the decisions of the sites to use their own judgment to suppress the free speech of some but not others justifies greater scrutiny as to whether they, like other broadcast mediums that are classified as public utilities, warrant more oversight of their own.
Right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison was invited, but did not attend.
The Daily Beast reported that while a full, official invite list hasn't been released, known attendees include U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; U.S. Sen.
Elise Rhodes, a Parler spokeswoman, said that although the president did not mention the company directly, he "said he is interested in exploring other platforms that support free speech".
"A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced (sic) by certain companies", the president wrote.
"We hardly do press releases anymore because if I put out on social media a statement, like I'm going to in a little while and something totally unrelated but a very important statement, now they're going insane", explained the U.S. president.
He will also be inviting members of Congress to the meeting, and perhaps some conservative social media users.
During the conference Trump praised the right-wing social media influencers.
Most social media platforms have policies that punish hate speech, violent content, and other reprehensible practices.