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Melania Trump's meeting with Facebook, Twitter to target cyberbullying — and people are beside themselves

Does President Trump’s Twitter activity undermine the first lady’s cause? (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

On the same day President Trump announced by tweet that he was replacing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, the Washington Post reported that Melania Trump is scheduled to meet with tech giants to discuss strategies to curb cyberbullying.

Sources told the paper that the first lady, who has spoken in the past about her desire to see more “positive” online interactions, will address leaders from  Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Snap.

Trump is reportedly hesitant to use the term “cyberbullying,” however, and her spokeswoman confirmed only that she had  “simply asked for a meeting to discuss one of the many things that impacts children.”

Though the consensus is that more can be done to promote civility and crack down on trolls online — particularly when children are involved — Trump’s project has been met with some derision.

Many called it “ironic,” given President Trump’s reputation for online attacks — most recently, a New York Times reporter whom he blasted as a “Hillary flunky” — and Donald Trump Jr.’s liking tweets that promote conspiracy theories involving 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. Hogg’s 14-year-old sister, Lauren, personally called on the first lady to stop the cyberbullying.

Not surprisingly, the Twittersphere had some strong reactions.










The first lady’s meeting is scheduled to take place March 20.

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