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  • CAIR Wants Twitter to Suspend Trump for ‘Racist’ Use of the Word ‘Thugs.’ Obama Used It, Too

    06/01/2020 5:01:08 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 1, 2020 | Patrick Goodenough
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding that Twitter suspend President Trump’s “racist” account, over his recent tweeted warning that looters exploiting protests sparked by the death of George Floyd risk being shot. CAIR based its charge that the warning amounted to a “racist threat of violence” on the fact that Trump used the word “thugs” to describe those looting, vandalizing and torching businesses. “Thugs,” explained CAIR, is “a race-coded word that bigoted politicians use to negatively describe African-American protestors.”
  • Twitter Allows Looters to Coordinate Criminal Behavior While It Declares ‘#BlackLivesMatter’

    05/31/2020 4:27:28 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 31 2020 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    Twitter is allowing its users to coordinate criminal behavior on the platform, with dozens of tweets identifying looting targets still on the platform despite the fact that the site was notified by concerned citizens. The company has however changed the description of its official account to “#BlackLivesMatter.” A Twitter search for “Santana Row,” which is the name of a shopping district in San Jose, California, reveals dozens of Twitter users encouraging their followers to target and loot the district. Many of the tweets have been on the platform for days. “let’s riot and raid Santana Row lol,” said one tweet,...
  • Trump signs social media executive order

    05/31/2020 2:01:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 55 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 31/5/20 | Donald J. Trump
    President Trump signs executive order regarding social media.
  • Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life. They Don’t Deserve Protection

    05/30/2020 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 30, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    The debate about whether social media companies should have protection from liability misses a larger question about their role in American society. There’s nothing like a row between Twitter and President Trump to turn everyone into an expert on 47 U.S. Code § 230, a heretofore obscure section of federal law that deals with liability protections for companies like Twitter.Go on social media right now and you’re bound to find friends, neighbors, and colleagues opining on federal statutes and citing old Supreme Court cases to bolster their arguments that we have to do this or that right now to save the...
  • Parler App’s Twexit Movement Recruits Twitter Users In Wake Of Trump Social Media Wars

    05/30/2020 7:41:58 AM PDT · by RandFan · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | 30 May 2020 | John Scott Lewinski
    President Donald Trump is going to war with the social media giants. Now, there’s a move afoot amongst his conservative supporters to abandon Twitter, Trump’s favorite platform and his biggest online rival. This week, Trump and Twitter went back and forth with accusations and counteraccusations, sanctions and threats. Most recently, Twitter flagged Trump’s comments on the George Floyd civil rights protests in Minnesota – leading to Trump calling for the revoking of Section 230 for the social media platform. That revocation would mean Twitter loses its immunity from lawsuits if controversial material gets tweeted. As a result, social media platform...
  • Twitter slaps warning label over White House tweet repeating message that broke rules about 'glorifying violence'

    05/29/2020 8:39:24 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | May 29, 2020 | Mike Brest
    The White House dared Twitter to slap a warning label on President Trump's tweet about the protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death of George Floyd a second time. The social media company didn't blink. Twitter said the White House account "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence" after it repeated a tweet from the president that called the protesters "THUGS" and implied they could be shot. Twitter hid the White House's tweet after Trump first posted the tweet on his personal account early Friday morning and Twitter placed a warning label on it. "We have placed a public interest...
  • The New Internet Censorship

    05/29/2020 6:46:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 29, 2020 | John Leonard
    Most Americans consider their freedom of speech to be sacrosanct because it has been codified into law in the Bill of Rights, in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The famous exception everyone knows it that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre -- in other words, you aren’t free to inspire panic within the general public. But what if the general public has already panicked, and the speech being suppressed is actually trying to calm people? Recently a disturbing video of Dr. Ivette Lozano at an Open Texas! rally appeared, claiming that pharmacists have refused to fill...
  • Ready. Fire. Aim.

    05/28/2020 5:11:21 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 15 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6:48 AM 5/28/20 | Brendan Carr
    Twitter has abandoned it’s original explanation for labeling the President’s tweet. Yet it’s not removing the label. Instead, @jack claims the tweet could be read as making a different point that should be labeled for a different reason. What a mess. jack @jack - 21h Per our Civic Integrity policy (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/election-integrity-policy), the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.
  • Twitter ‘Trust and Safety Lead’ Vijaya Gadde Sees Trump as Most ‘Puerile and Deceptive’ U.S. Politician Ever

    05/28/2020 1:52:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28 2020 | SEAN MORAN
    Vijaya Gadde, the legal, policy, and trust and safety lead at Twitter, is at the center of the company’s decision to fact check President Donald Trump and has donated to Democrats, as well as exhibited strong anti-Trump bias in her own posts to the platform. Twitter’s decision to fact check Trump’s tweet on mail-in balloting engendered severe controversy. On May 26, Twitter added a “fact check” label to a pair of tweets from President Trump expressing widely-held concerns about mail-in ballots increasing the risk of voter fraud. The “fact check” link, which urged users to “get the facts about mail-in...
  • Twitter Stock Moves Lower After Trump Threatens Section 230 Action

    05/28/2020 1:20:38 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 22 replies
    investopedia.com ^ | May 28, 2020
    Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) shares fell more than 2% off of their reaction highs earlier this week after President Trump announced plans for an executive order that would enable regulators to rethink Section 230 – a law designed to protect tech companies from third-party content liability. The move comes shortly after Twitter flagged one of the president's tweets about mail-in voting fraud with a fact-checking label, drawing a bout of criticism. While the executive order would mark an escalation in Trump's war against tech companies, the implementation would be up to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission...
  • 'We're Fed Up With It': Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Curtailing Social Media Companies

    05/28/2020 1:42:16 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 111 replies
    wessexfm.com ^ | 5/29/2020
    Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants. The US president is engaged in a public feud with the companies, which he has accused of censoring free speech and bias, and said: "We're fed up with it." It comes as Twitter flagged one of Mr Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots in California with a fact-check warning. The executive order points out that social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, should forgo their legal immunity from the law, should they edit users' content on their platforms. Currently, Section 230 offers legal protections to...
  • Trump Draft Order Could Seek to Limit Protections for Social-Media Companies

    05/27/2020 11:33:29 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 38 replies
    wsj.com ^ | May 27, 2020
    A draft of an executive order President Trump is expected to sign on Thursday would seek to limit the broad legal protection that federal law currently provides social-media and other online platforms, according to people familiar with the draft. The draft order would make it easier for federal regulators to hold companies such as Twitter and Facebook liable for curbing users’ speech, for example by suspending their accounts or deleting their posts, the people said. The draft isn’t yet completed and is subject to change, the people said. It comes after Twitter on Tuesday moved for the first time to...
  • Platform, or Publisher?

    05/28/2020 7:36:53 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 7, 2018 | Adam CandeubMark Epstein
    When the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on social media censorship late last month, liberal Democratic congressman Ted Lieu transformed into a hardcore libertarian. “This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing,” he said, because “the First Amendment applies to the government, not private companies.” He added that just as the government cannot tell Fox News what content to air, “we can’t tell Facebook what content to filter,” because that would be unconstitutional. Lieu is incorrect. While the First Amendment generally does not apply to private companies, the Supreme Court has held it “does not disable the government from taking...
  • It’s Time To Stop Pretending Twitter Is Neutral

    05/28/2020 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 28, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    If Twitter wants to editorialize and 'factcheck' President TrumpÂ’s tweets with disclaimers, then it should be treated like any other publisher. TwitterÂ’s decision this week to append a disclaimer to President TrumpÂ’s tweets about the risks of mail-in ballot fraud should be enough, at long last, for us to dispense with the fiction that Twitter is nothing more than a neutral platform.ItÂ’s not, it never has been, and itÂ’s time to stop pretending otherwise.Set aside the relative merits of TrumpÂ’s comments and the entire debate about whether mass voting by mail is a good idea, because thatÂ’s not whatÂ’s important...
  • Twitter CEO: ‘Please leave our employees out of it’

    05/28/2020 7:12:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 75 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 27, 2020 | Greg P.
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is asking people to “please leave our employees out of it” after it was revealed that one of his senior employees hates President Trump and the people in the states who voted for him: Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make. — jack
  • With his tweets about Scarborough’s intern, Trump set a trap for Twitter

    05/28/2020 5:53:26 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Andrea Widburg
    Even Trump supporters have wondered about Trump’s tweets implying that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had something to do with a young intern’s death in his office when he was still a Florida congressman. It’s true that Scarborough and his co-host and wife Mika Brzezinksi have spent three years accusing Trump of treasonous collusion with the Russians, but Trump’s venom still seemed strange. I, however, don’t think it was strange at all. Trump is one of the most calculating, rational people ever to occupy the White House. He’s been faced with a serious problem, which is the fact that the immensely powerful...
  • Tucker Carlson torches Twitter fact-check of Trump as 'a lie' and 'a form of political censorship'

    05/27/2020 11:05:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27 2020 | Charles Creitz
    Tucker Carlson accused Twitter on Wednesday of "purg[ing]" political viewpoints one day after the social media platform "fact-checked" a tweet by President Trump opposing mail-in voting during elections. The "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host opened his show by "stating the obvious," telling his viewers that Trump tweets "an awful lot, and many wish he wouldn't." "Whether or not it’s politically wise ... Donald Trump has an absolute right as an American to express what he actually thinks, even if every other person on Earth disagreed with him," Carlson said. "When they used to tell you this was a free country ......
  • Dorsey defends decision to fact check Trump tweet: 'More transparency from us is critical'

    05/27/2020 9:17:57 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 27 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his platform’s decision to fact check and place warnings on two of President Trump’s tweets this week, further emphasizing the difference between Twitter and Facebook's policies on misinformation. “Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey tweeted. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.” He also said that the decision to place the warnings doesn’t make the platform an“arbiter of truth,” directly quoting...
  • Zuckerberg: 'Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online'

    05/27/2020 6:09:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 27 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday doubled down on his defense of the platform not labeling misinformation shared by politicians after Twitter placed warnings on two posts from President Trump it deemed “misleading.” Asked by Fox News’ Dana Perino if he thought Twitter “made the wrong decision,” Zuckerberg said his platform has “a different policy than Twitter on this.” “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in the interview on Fox's "The Daily Briefing." “I think in general private companies probably shouldn't be — especially...
  • Twitter’s Trump ‘Fact Check’ Does Not Disclose Company Partnered with Groups Pushing Mail-In Ballots

    05/27/2020 6:35:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/27/2020 | aaron klein
    Twitter for the first time put a fact-check label on tweets from President Trump, using the controversial tactic on messages in which the president complained there is “no way” that “mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” It may be instructive that Twitter seized on the mail-in balloting tweets as the first issue from Trump’s rapid fire social media feed to slap with a fact-check label. Twitter did not disclose in its so-called fact-check it is partners with two groups financed by leftist donors that engage in voter participation efforts, including drives pushing mail-in balloting. Advertisement Twitter sits...