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  • Twitter needs to fact-check these tweets from prominent liberals

    05/28/2020 11:52:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 28 2020 | Sohrab Ahmari
    his week, for the first time, Twitter “fact-checked” one of President Trump’s opinions and redirected users to coverage from that paragon of fairness and objectivity, CNN (don’t laugh). Twitter announced the introduction of the new feature earlier this month. The goal, two workers wrote, is to “make it easy to find credible information” and to stanch the flow of “misleading content.” But I wonder: Will the platform also append “fact-check” labels and links to tweets from prominent liberals that also turned out to be “misleading” or outright false?
  • 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 (, 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.
  • German official invites Twitter to relocate headquarters to Europe amid Trump feud

    05/28/2020 4:52:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 28 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    A German government official appeared to court Twitter to relocate its headquarters to Europe as the social media giant faces tensions with President Trump. “Hey @Twitter & @jack, this is an invitation to move to Germany! Here you are free to criticize the government as well as to fight fake news,” tweeted Thomas Jarzombek, who oversees tech affairs for Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry. “We have a great startup and tech ecosystem, your company would be a perfect fit and I will open any doors for you!” he added, tagging President Trump. SNIP
  • 'Tantamount to monopoly': Trump signs executive order to curb 'unchecked power' of social media giants

    05/28/2020 3:31:05 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    "What they're doing is tantamount to monopoly, you can say it's tantamount to taking over the airwaves," Trump said. "Can't let it happen. Otherwise, we're not going to have a Democracy, we're not going to have anything to do with a republic." Trump announced that he is directing his administration to "develop policies and procedures to ensure taxpayer dollars are not going in any social media company that repress free speech." Trump said he would delete Twitter if there was a "fair press" in the United States but that he refuses to do so because of the wide reach the...
  • Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

    05/28/2020 3:05:35 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 31 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.  Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey...
  • ‘If Anybody Needs To Be Fact-Checked, It’s The Media’: Kayleigh McEnany Unloads On Jim Acosta

    05/28/2020 2:25:48 PM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 28, 2020 | Virginia Kruta
    “Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact-checkers to work across the world?” Acosta asked “These 18,000 false or misleading statements according to the Washington Post, if there’s any president out there we should be fact-checking, or political leader that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? Aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this?” “If you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about...
  • Twitter Stock Moves Lower After Trump Threatens Section 230 Action

    05/28/2020 1:20:38 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 22 replies ^ | 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...
  • 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 · 41 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...
  • Schumer gives Trump a quick bit of advice in Twitter feud

    05/28/2020 1:46:06 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28 2020 | Michael Ruiz
    Sen. Chuck Schumer jabbed at President Trump on Twitter Thursday after the commander in chief’s public dispute with the social media giant earlier this week. “If President Trump doesn’t like Twitter, he can do everyone a favor and stop tweeting,” the Democratic senator tweeted. The disagreement grew out of Twitter’s decision this week to fact-check one of President Trump’s tweets – the first time it has done so.
  • Twitter Allows Verified Users To Spread Fake Photo Linking MN Cop to ‘Make Whites Great Again’ Hat

    05/28/2020 1:32:15 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 7 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 5/28/2020 | Damjan Tutarkov
    Twitter did little to prevent the circulation of a misleading picture allegedly showing Derek Chauvin — the police officer who put his knee on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd while he begged to breathe and died shortly after — wearing a red baseball hat with the wording “Make Whites Great Again.” The incident Several Minneapolis police officers stirred controversy and prompted rioting after the incident Monday in Minneapolis. Video of the arrest shows one officer, believed to be Derek Chauvin, pressing Floyd with his knee against the road as Floyd gasps for air. Floyd was later pronounced dead at...
  • Pelosi says Zuckerberg comments are a 'disgrace'

    05/28/2020 12:37:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 28 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments about his platform's decision not to fact-check lawmakers, calling the remarks a “disgrace.” “As far as the platforms are concerned, they want two things from the federal government, no regulation and no taxes. And so they cater to the Trump administration all the time. I think that Mark Zuckerberg's statement was a disgrace,” Pelosi said Thursday on MSNBC. Pelosi, however, did not praise Twitter for placing warnings on the president’s tweets about mail-in voting in California. She suggested it did not go far enough to address the root...
  • 'Plainly illegal': Senate Democrat condemns Trump's social media executive order

    05/28/2020 12:19:53 PM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2020 | Madison Dibble
    Sen. Ron Wyden called President Trump's executive order targeting social media platforms a "plainly illegal" attempt to push "unfiltered lies." . . . "I have warned for years that this administration was threatening 230 in order to chill speech and bully companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter into giving him favorable treatment. Today Trump proved me right. I expect those companies and every American who participates in online speech to resist this illegal act by all possible means," Wyden said in a statement.
  • Nancy Pelosi Complains Twitter Isn’t Fact-Checking Trump Enough

    05/28/2020 12:06:33 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28 2020 | JOSHUA CAPLAN
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lamented Thursday that Twitter is too “selective” in its so-called fact-checking of President Donald Trump, suggesting the social media giant should be taking further action against his account. Pelosi made the remarks during a press conference when asked about President Trump’s imminent executive order targeting social media giants. “It’s an outrageous situation,” the speaker began. “While Twitter is putting up their fact check under what the president says about voting, they still won’t take off the misrepresentation the president is putting out there about the death of a gentleman whose wife died and he’s asking...
  • With his tweets about Scarborough's intern, Trump set a trap for Twitter

    05/28/2020 11:07:58 AM PDT · by Aquamarine · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 28, 2020 | 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 social...
  • Twitter Removes Fact Check from President Trump’s Tweet

    05/28/2020 10:24:45 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 46 replies
    TGP ^ | May 28, 2020
    On Tuesday Twitter added a fake fact-check to President Trump’s tweet on mail-in voting scandals. And the person behind Twitter “Site Integrity” is an avowed leftist who says there are “nazis in the White House.” On Wednesday Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to Team Trump and Attorney to President Trump, issued a response to Twitter’s partisan tactics: Team Trump rejects Twitter’s blatantly partisan attempt to ‘fact check’ the President on election integrity. Twitter falsely undermined the truth and opinion of his tweet, thereby misleading the American public on the valid concerns with mail-in ballots. FACTS: Mail-in balloting increases the chain...
  • Twitter's Warning Label on Trump's Tweet is Wrong

    05/28/2020 11:02:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | John R. Lott Jr
    Twitter is no longer willing to just let President Trump and his critics battle things out on their own. In response to a Tweet from the President on Tuesday morning, the social media giant posted a “What you need to know” disclaimer. It declared: “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.” It echoes Joe Biden’s claim last week that there is “no evidence whatsoever” of vote fraud with mail-in ballots. Contrast Twitter’s claim with this statement: “Absentee ballots remain the...
  • Sen. Hawley Writes Twitter CEO: Twitter Should Lose Immunity If Editorializing On Political Speech

    05/28/2020 10:40:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Senator Josh Hawley ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | Josh Hawley
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey questioning why Twitter should continue to receive special immunity from the federal government after choosing to editorialize on President Trump’s tweets. Twitter currently receives special immunity under the law in what’s known as Section 230, which states that companies that merely distribute user content should not be treated like a publisher, such as the New York Times or the Washington Post. But, with Twitter’s decision to editorialize on President Trump’s tweets, the company appears to be acting like shifting to a publisher,...
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg, Twitter's Dorsey Spar over Twitter’s Trump Fact-Check; Facebook says Private Companies Should Not be Arbiters of Truth

    05/28/2020 9:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/28/2020 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
    Rival social media CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey had a public spat Wednesday night after Zuckerberg criticized Twitter for its fact-check of President Trump’s prediction that mass voting-by-mail would lead to fraud. Speaking to Fox News’ Dana Perino, Zuckerberg — who has repeatedly pushed back on criticism for his decision to not censor political speech — said that Facebook 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,” he stated. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in...
  • Tech billionaires line up behind Joe Biden with plans for hi-tech tools to help Democrat best Donald Trump as president goes to war with Twitter

    05/28/2020 9:10:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2020 | Katelyn Caralle
    Four Silicon Valley billionaires in particular are trailblazing an effort to help the Democratic Party with obtaining more data by creating start ups and tech tools specifically to rival Republicans in that field, according to nearly two dozen interviews conducted by Vox's digital news arm Recode. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, philanthropist and Steve Jobs' widower Laurene Powell Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt are all behind this effort to help defeat Donald Trump.
  • Sorry, Twitter, but Trump Is Right About Mail-In Ballots

    05/28/2020 9:00:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | 05/28/2020 | Michael Graham
    President Donald Trump has had a problematic week on Twitter, engaging in political combat with foils like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has inspired a backlash beyond any he’s faced before as president. Part of the reaction was Twitter’s decision to stick a “fact check” label on two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots. This decision, in turn sparked its own backlash around issues of freedom of expression and political bias. (Will President Stacey Abrams ever get a tweet fact-checked by Twitter? Probably not.) Overlooked in the social media scrum over Trump’s tweets, however, is the one issue most relevant to voters...