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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2020, 12:50:12 pm »
Friday, 5th June 2o2o
by Associated Press

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Twitter has blocked a trunk campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and a common federal employee, one of its most widely followed users.

The company put a label on a video posted by the trunk's account that said,

“This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner.”

The video was still up on trunk’s YouTube channel and includes pictures of Floyd, whose death sparked world wide protests, at the start.

“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” Twitter said in a statement.

The three minute and 45 second clip is a montage of photos and videos of peaceful marches and police officers hugging protesters interspersed with some scenes of burning buildings and vandalism, set to gentle piano music and trunk babbling incoherently.

It’s the latest action that Twitter has taken against trunk, who has threatened to retaliate against social media companies.

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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2020, 07:37:22 pm »
Monday, 29th June 2o2o
by David Thier

Popular video game streaming website Twitch has temporarily suspended team trunk, the account tied to trunk’s campaign.

When contacted for comment, a Twitch representative said that the account had been suspended for violating the company’s policy on hateful conduct.

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, trunk’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."

The company pointed to two examples of offending statements from recent and older rallies:

1. 2016 campaign rally, recently rebroadcast on Twitch: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”

2. Tulsa Rally:  “Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, “I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.” By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping.”

trunk has been increasingly been at odds with the social media networks that have proved such a key component to his rise to power and have continued to be crucial parts of how he communicates with the public.

Twitter has flagged several of trunk’s tweets for misleading or dangerous information over the past few months, drawing ire from trunk and his henchmen.

fakebook has taken a more hands off policy, refusing to flag or remove some of the same posts that Twitter took action against.

The social media company has faced significant backlash for its decisions, facing a broad advertiser retreat from companies ranging from Unilever to Starbucks.

The company unveiled new labels for some posts in response.

In the past few weeks, a string of sexual misconduct and harassment accusations have rocked the world of Twitch and video game streaming, leading to renewed promises from the service to become more aggressive with bans and punishments, even against large accounts.

Last Friday, Twitch also suddenly banned Dr. Disrespect, one the service’s most popular streamers.

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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2020, 07:54:19 pm »
Monday, 29th June 2o2o
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by Bobby Allyn

Reddit announced on Monday that it is shutting down a forum dedicated to trunk's most ardent fanatics, saying it repeatedly violates the online platform's rules against harassment, hate speech and content manipulation.

The community forum, known as a subreddit, was called The_donald and had nearly 800,000 users.

trunk himself has been known to share memes that posted to The_donald and other parts of Reddit.

Long a magnet for conspiracy theories and sharp attacks on trunk's critics, The_donald has faced backlash before.

Reddit has taken action over content encouraging violence and had threatened to block the subreddit completely if the moderators — who are volunteers — did not take down the abusive material.

Now, officials at Reddit have determined that the forum where die-hard trunk fans congregate online cannot police itself.

"Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence," the company said in new content rules it unveiled on Monday.

Reddit, which is the sixth most popular website in the U.S., announced the crackdown on The_donald as part of a wider enforcement of its hate speech policies.

It said it was banning some 2,000 Reddit communities, including the left-leaning subreddit Chapo Trap House, over rule violations.

Reddit said the vast majority of the subreddits affected were already inactive.

Reddit has introduced eight additional rules for its content, including measures intended to prevent harassment and respect personal privacy.

Examples of the type of content Reddit will ban include "mocking people with physical disabilities" and "describing a racial minority as sub-human and inferior to the racial majority," the company said in a statement.

"Communities and users that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned," Reddit said in its new policy guidelines.

After Reddit closed The_donald, its former moderators took to Twitter to point out that many trunk loyalists have already abandoned Reddit for an alternative site known as

Geared toward conservatives, it looks and functions similar to Reddit but without the rules against hate speech and violence.

"Well, Reddit accomplished one thing today. They got people to go there for the first time in months to see if we were really banned. Myself included!" one former moderator tweeted.

Reddit is the latest social media company to announce new limits on what users can post.

It is part of a broad shift away from the hands-off approach long embraced by online platforms that have claimed to be neutral in the face of whatever users publish.

Now, Reddit and other popular sites that help define political discourse are drawing lines that the companies say cannot be crossed on speech that glorifies violence or hate.

Twitter has placed labels on trunk tweets deemed to include factual distortions or be seen as inciting violence.

fakebook, which had been reluctant to take any action on trunk's posts, recently has removed trunk content.

Last week, it announced it will be placing warning labels on problematic posts and will remove content that incites violence or attempts to suppress voting.

fakebook's policy reversal arrived as a growing number of major advertisers, including Starbucks, Ford Motor Co. and Cola-Cola, join a boycott of the social network that's meant to draw attention to hate speech and misinformation on the platform.

Snap, which owns Snapchat, has said it will no longer promote trunk's account after determining that comments to the president's posts could be seen as encouraging violence

Also on Monday, Twitch, the Amazon-owned site for streaming games, said it temporarily suspended trunk's account, according to a Twitch spokesperson.

The decision was made following the president rebroadcasting on his Twitch channel a 2015 campaign speech in which he disparaged Mexican immigrants and remarks he made at a recent Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally linking Hispanics to crime.

"Hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation," said the Twitch spokesperson.