US first lady con­ven­ing tech firms to tackle cy­ber­bul­ly­ing

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

FIRST lady Me­la­nia Trump is bring­ing to­gether tech gi­ants to talk about ways to fight cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and pro­mote in­ter­net safety, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of three com­pa­nies said Tues­day. Among the com­pa­nies ex­pected to at­tend the March 20 meet­ing: Ama­zon, Snap, Face­book, Google and Twit­ter. The meet­ing was con­firmed by Ama­zon and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of two com­pa­nies speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the plans pub­licly. Stephanie Gr­isham, a spokes­woman for Mrs. Trump, said in a state­ment that 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.”

The meet­ing, first re­ported by The Wash­ing­ton Post, would mark Mrs. Trump’s first pub­lic event on a sub­ject she has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed in­ter­est in. Dur­ing the first year of her hus­band’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, she played a low-key role. Her in­ter­est in chil­dren has been clear, with vis­its to schools and hos­pi­tals. In her first pub­lic re­marks at the United Na­tions last year, Mrs. Trump called on world lead­ers to come to­gether for the good of their chil­dren, say­ing: “We must re­mem­ber that they are watch­ing and lis­ten­ing, so we must never miss an op­por­tu­nity to teach life’s many eth­i­cal lessons along the way.”

Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Me­la­nia Trump men­tioned do­ing work to ad­dress bul­ly­ing -a notable choice given the pres­i­dent-elect’s pen­chant for name-call­ing on so­cial me­dia. It can take some time for a first lady to launch per­sonal projects. Michelle Obama be­gan her “Let’s Move” ini­tia­tive about a year into her hus­band’s first term.

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