In reality, Twitter could have gone farther if it really intended to silence the president or even his supporters. To say nothing of removing the tweet entirely (which did break its terms of service, after all), it could have fully removed the retweet button from Trump’s message—leaving the tweet live but making it impossible to endorse or amplify. On the contrary, it enabled a retweet, but only with comment (your personal, accountable endorsement or criticism), and only with Trump’s message hidden behind a view button. These are the slightest of speed bumps, intended to slow down the viral public discourse by all of three seconds—but not stop it. … [Read more...] about Hush, Trump. Twitter is going easy on you.
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Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organisations, Trump announced a series of decisions against China including issuing proclamation to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightening of regulations against Chinese investments in America. … [Read more...] about Trump says US terminating relationship with WHO; takes steps against China
Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020Close … [Read more...] about Twitter slaps a ‘public interest notice’ on Trump’s tweet for ‘glorifying violence’
Normally any tweet that glorifies violence would be deleted from the platform in its entirety. However, Trump’s tweet was instead only hidden because there is an exception to this policy that says “In very rare instances, we may decide that content is worthy of a public-interest exception if there is a more attenuated connection to actual violence, or if Twitter is the only source of the information.” … [Read more...] about Twitter hides Trump’s latest tweet about George Floyd because it ‘glorifies violence’
For the past few years, conservative lawmakers have been threatening to remove the Section 230 protections as a way of pressuring social media platforms to stop removing conservative content, even when it contains misinformation or threatening language. For example, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri last year proposed a law that would subject social media companies to regulatory audits to prove their sites give equal treatment to conservative and liberal viewpoints. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden