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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
--- AND AGAIN!!!
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.

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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2020, 08:02:09 pm »
Thursday, 15th October 2o2o
by Elizabeth Culliford in London and Nandita Bose in Washington; Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru, David Shepardson and Susan Cornwell in Washington and Katie Paul in San Francisco; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli, Lisa Shumaker, Grant McCool & Nandita Bose

Individual-1’s re-election campaign’s Twitter account was briefly restricted on Thursday, causing an outcry from republican lawmakers who accused social media companies of acting like “speech police” and vowing to hold Twitter responsible.

Twitter temporarily blocked Individual-1's account from sending tweets after it posted a video about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son that it said violated its rules.

The video referred to a New York Post story from Wednesday that contained alleged details of Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company and said the former vice president had met with an adviser of the company.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement that republican-led Senate committees have previously concluded that Joe Biden engaged in no wrongdoing related to Ukraine.

He also denied such a meeting had taken place.

A Twitter spokesman said earlier on Thursday that Individual-1's account, and the accounts of the Executive Mansion Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the New York Post, had been blocked from tweeting because of the company’s policies on hacked materials and posting private information.

He said the accounts may need to delete the rule-breaking posts to continue tweeting.

The Individual-1 campaign, with 2.2 million followers, was sending tweets again on Thursday afternoon.

It said in a new tweet it was “re-posting the video Twitter doesn’t want you to watch.”

A Twitter spokesman told Reuters that the site would not take action as alterations to the video meant it no longer violated its policies.

“It’s going to all end up in a big lawsuit and there are things that can happen that are very severe that I’d rather not see happen, but it’s probably going to have to,” Individual-1 said when asked about the move by Twitter.

McEnany likewise began tweeting again on Thursday, saying she regained access after deleting her post on the report.

Both fakebook Inc and Twitter took proactive steps on Wednesday to restrict dissemination of the Post story in the hours after it was published.

fakebook reduced how often the story shows up in users’ news feeds and elsewhere on the platform, an action spokesman Andy Stone said the company takes temporarily pending fact checker review “if we have signals that a piece of content is false.”

fakebook did not respond to Reuters questions on whether its fact-checking partners were working on rating the Post’s story.

Twitter prohibited its users from posting links to two New York Post articles about Hunter Biden, saying they violated its policies against posting private information and “hacked materials.”

But Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday “our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”

A Twitter spokesman declined to answer Reuters questions on whether Mr. Dorsey had been involved in the decisions on these restrictions on Wednesday or Thursday.

republicans on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee responded to Twitter’s actions by tweeting a link to a copy of the New York Post’s story on its website.

Twitter blocked the link but later said this had been in error and reversed the action.

The @nypost has not tweeted in over a day, suggesting that they are still blocked from posting.

A spokeswoman for the New York Post declined to comment, other than referring Reuters to the Post’s own coverage.

republican lawmakers slammed the social media companies’ actions on Thursday.

U.S. Senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said the blocking of the story was “reprehensible” and that there should be no “speech police” in the United States.

After Twitter imposed the restrictions, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee moved to subpoena Dorsey.

Committee Chairman lindsey graham and republican senators ted cruz and Josh Hawley said the committee will vote on sending the subpoena on Tuesday, October 20th and plans to have Dorsey in front of the committee by October 23rd.

Hawley also called for sending a subpoena to fakebook.

“We’re going to finally have an accounting that is long overdue,” graham said.

“This to me crystallizes the problem better than anything I could think of.”

Senator Marco Rubio urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to re-examine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The CEOs of Twitter, fakebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google are set to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee later this month at a hearing to discuss Section 230 - a legal immunity which offers tech companies protection from liability over content posted by users and enables them to act in “good faith” to remove objectionable content.

Pai said on Thursday the agency will move forward to set new rules to clarify the meaning of the provision.

The calls to reform Section 230 and penalize tech companies have been intensifying but it is unlikely there will be action on the law by Congress this year.

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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2020, 02:22:55 pm »
Saturday, 21st November 2o2o
Twitter to automatically transfer @POTUS handle from Indy-1 to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day
by Kelly Tyko, Michael Collins and Jessica Guynn

This is one part of the upcoming presidential transition that will happen automatically – even without a concession.

Twitter says it will automatically transfer the @POTUS Twitter handle from Individual-1 to President-elect Joe Biden the moment Biden is sworn in on Inauguration Day, according to Politico.

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of Executive Mansion institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio told Politico.

“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

Individual-1 regularly tweets using his ___________ handle and then the @POTUS account retweets many.

He has not conceded the election, which while not required is a tradition.

Several other verified government accounts associated with the presidency including @whitehouse, @VP and @FLOTUS, also will be handed over to the Biden administration, Politico reported.

Biden turned 78 on Friday, two months before he will take the oath of office as the nation's 46th president.

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Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2021, 07:42:40 pm »
Saturday, 6th February Two Thousand and Twenty One
Twitter permanently suspends Gateway Pundit founder's account
by Celine Castronuovo

Twitter on Saturday issued a permanent suspension for the account run by Jim Hoft, founder and editor-in-chief of far-right news website Gateway Pundit, for violations of its "civic integrity policy."

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the news to The Hill, citing "repeated violations" of its policy that bars users from tweeting messages "for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes," including misinformation regarding the outcome of an election.

The policy includes a series of punishments depending on the frequency of violations, with five or more strikes resulting in a permanent suspension.

Gateway Pundit was among the conservative media outlets that had advanced unsubstantiated claims from Individual-1 and his allies of widespread voting irregularities and voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

According to an archived version of Hoft's account, his most recent tweets came on January 29th, when he shared criticisms of COVID-19 restrictions and claims that certain ballots cast for President Biden were illegal.

Bloomberg reported Saturday that Hoft was photographed at Individual-1 rally on January 6th, ahead of the violent mob attack at the Capitol, in which several people were killed amid the chaos.

Last month, CNN reported that Gateway Pundit was among the groups utilizing christian fundraising website in efforts related to challenge the results of the presidential election.

Hoft's outlet raised more than $135,000 to investigate alleged voter fraud in Michigan and to "take on the tech giant censorship of conservative voices."

Saturday's Twitter suspension comes as one of the latest issued by Twitter in connection with users repeating unsupported claims of a "rigged" election in favor of Biden more than two weeks after he was inaugurated.

Twitter on Tuesday officially suspended the MyPillow company Twitter account after founder Mike Lindell used it to make several posts attacking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and promoting claims of election fraud.

The move came just one week after Lindell's personal account was suspended.

Lindell among other claims, has stated that problems with Dominion Voting Systems machines led to irregularities in ballots.

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, Individual-1's personal attorney, over false claims about the company, and also sent a letter to Lindell threatening him with legal action for leading a "misinformation campaign."

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