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    👍|Elon Musk Sold $8.5 Billion In Tesla Stock To F…

    After Elon Musk announced his deal to buy Twitter last week for $44 billion, he sold about $8.5 billion worth of shares in Tesla to help. Musk took to his Twitter account to say that he does not plan on making more sales of shares in his company. The transaction will allow the deal with Twitter to close in a timely fashion. The wisdom of selling a hot stock like Tesla for the lower-growth Twitter has sparked a furious debate online. On Tuesday, Tesla shares went down to 12%, the biggest single-day drop since September 2020. But Musk will have a few hurdles when completing this deal despite obj…

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    👍|House GOP Committee Deletes Tweets Spreading Co…

    The official GOP House Judiciary Committee Twitter account shared a tweet that spread misinformation about the Covid-19 booster shot. “If the booster shots work, why don’t they work?” the tweet read. The tweet was deleted after backlash. Research shows that while booster shots may not keep a person from testing positive for Covid, it decreases their chance of serious illness and hospitalization. “What happens is that if you get two doses of a Pfizer or a Moderna, the protection against infection itself is dramatically down,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “However, what is the somewhat encouraging ne…

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    👍|Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Personal Twitter …

    Twitter announced on Sunday that it has permanently suspended the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). The far-right politician has continually violated Twitter’s guidelines by spreading misinformation about Covid-19. A spokesperson for Twitter explained the ban, saying that the platform has “been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.” Greene, a proud conspiracy theorist, has had her account temporarily suspended in the past due to repeated posts spreading misinformation about the C…

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    👍|GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw Calls House Freedom Caucu…

    United States Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) blasted his conservative colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus as “grifters” and “performance artists” over their voting records during a speech at a Texas Liberty Alliance Political Action Committee event over the weekend. “I’ve been in Congress for almost three years now. There are two types of members of Congress. There is performance artists and there is legislators. Now the performance artists are the ones who get all of the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well. They know how to recite…

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    👍|Brian Williams Retires From NBC Warning Of ‘Dar…

    Veteran NBC News anchor Brian Williams signed off the air for the final time on Thursday night after 38 years at the network. Williams, who has hosted The 11th Hour on MSNBC since 2016, first indicated that he was departing last month. In an emotional farewell address, Williams lamented the politicization of news. “The truth is I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in this place and my love of country I yield to no one. But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads and highways and neighborhoods. It’s now at the local bar, and the bowling a…

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    👍|Senate Panel Grills Instagram CEO Over Lack Of …

    The United States Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security grilled Instagram Chief Executive Officer Adam Mosseri over the platform’s failure to shield kids and teens from harm. The hearing comes amidst growing anger at tech giants such as Facebook – which owns Instagram – for prioritizing profits over protecting its users from toxic content like hate speech and misinformation. In his opening statements, Subcommittee Chair Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) tore into Mosseri for skirting responsibility for what posters share. “The time for self-policing and…

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    👍|NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Expands Vaccine Mandat…

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday introduced a new vaccine mandate for private businesses as part of the broader efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, including the newly-identified omicron variant. So far, at least eight cases of omicron have been confirmed in New York State. “We’ve got omicron as a new factor. We’ve got the colder weather which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant, we’ve got holiday gatherings,” de Blasio, whose term ends next month, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to…

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    👍|GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, Who Sued A Fake Cow, Reti…

    United States Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), a former dairy farmer who more than once sued a Twitter cow bearing his name for making fun of him, is retiring from Congress, according to multiple news outlets. “Devin Nunes is retiring. He was in line to be Ways and Means chairman in the House Republican majority He is ‘rumored’ to be taking a job with the Trump media startup,” Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman tweeted on Monday. In addition to his entanglements with online livestock, Nunes, the ranking Republican member of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, has been a stalwart suppor…

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    👍|Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Quits, Parag Agrawal To…

    Jack Dorsey, the 45-year-old billionaire founder of social media giant Twitter, has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer, the platform announced on Monday. “Not sure anyone has heard but, I resigned from Twitter,” Dorsey tweeted along with an email that he sent to the company’s employees. “The company is ready to move on from its founders,” Dorsey’s farewell email stated. “My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational. I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart and soul. It’s his time to lead.”   Dorsey did not specify what…

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    👍|Rep. Peter Welch To Run For Retiring Sen. Patri…

    United States Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) on Monday announced that he is running to replace Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), who late last week revealed that he will not seek reelection in 2022. “I’m running for the United States Senate to work for you, for Vermont, for our country, and for our imperiled democracy,” Welch tweeted along with a campaign video. In the video, Welch touts his progressive record and excoriates Republican lawmakers for hampering progress: Here in Vermont, we listen more than we talk. I got into politics as a community organizer after I saw what housing discrimination…

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    👍|Pete Buttigieg Quashes Rumors Of Clashes With V…

    United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doused rumors that he and Vice President Kamala Harris are engaged in a personal cold war over who would carry President Joe Biden‘s torch on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press on MSNBC. “Every time something’s written about the vice president – Vice President Kamala Harris‘s political standing – your name seems to be in every single one of those articles. Has it all impacted your relationship with the vice president, that it seems as if there’s this narrative of a rivalry developing between the two of you?” host Chuck Todd asked the secret…

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    👍|Elon Musk Starts Twitter Spat With Sen. Bernie …

    Raising taxes on billionaires was among the many proposals President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats made ahead of the 2020 election, which a majority of voters decided was a winning message. But actually getting it done has faced some serious headwinds. Last week, United States Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) cited Tesla founder Elon Musk‘s massive wealth gains during the Covid-19 pandemic as an example of why the richest Americans should pay more in taxes. “Nearly half of Americans do not earn enough to afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment. Half our people continue to live paycheck t…

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    👍|Newsmax Correspondent Emerald Robinson Permanen…

    Emerald Robinson, a White House correspondent at the conservative media outlet Newsmax, was banned from Twitter by the site’s moderators on Tuesday for continuing to post disinformation about COVID-19. Users “may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about Covid-19 which may lead to harm,” the platform states in its rules and policies. “Dear Christians: the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked,” Robinson tweeted last Monday. “Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends.” Luciferase “is not an ingred…

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    👍|Matthew McConaughey Walks Back Controversial Va…

    Actor and activist Matthew McConaughey on Thursday clarified his position on COVID-19 vaccines after he sparked controversy earlier this week during the virtual New York Times DealBook summit. McConaughey, who has generated speculation that he may mount a run for Texas governor next year, faced backlash for stating that he would not support vaccine mandates for young children until there is scientific proof that they are safe. McConaughey, along with his wife, mother and eldest son Levi have all been inoculated against the coronavirus. His two youngest have not. “We go slow on vaccinations, ev…

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    👍|Trump Announces Creation Of New Social Media Pl…

    Former President Donald Trump has announced the creation of a new social network, “Truth Social.” “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in a release. “I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech. Everyone asks me why doesn’t someo…

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    👍|Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Denies Allegations…

    On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence after the former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testified before a U.S. Senate committee. Haugen, known as the Facebook whistleblower, told Senators Tuesday that the social media platform consistently put profit over the safety of the users, letting its algorithms continue to harm individuals, especially child users. After remaining silent for a day after her testimony, the Facebook CEO posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, rebutting the claims made by his former employee. “At the heart of these accusations is this idea t…

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    👍|Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Accou…

    Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for 12 hours on Monday night following her misleading post about COVID-19 that broke the platform’s misinformation policy. “We took enforcement action on the account [Marjorie Taylor Greene] for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Greene reportedly violated Twitter’s policies for her two tweets posted Sunday and Monday, claiming that the COVID-19 is not a threat for people under 65 and not obese. The House member also stated that vaccines shouldn’t be…

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    👍|Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter & Google Over Bann…

    Former President Donald Trump has initiated a lawsuit against social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Google, and their CEOs over allegations of censorship, following his ban from the sites. In a statement, Trump claimed this case would “prove this censorship is unlawful, it’s unconstitutional and it’s completely un-American.” This case is expected to challenge Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provid…

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    👍|Facebook Says Trump’s Suspension Will Last At L…

    Facebook stated on Friday that former President Donald Trump‘s ban from the social media platform would last at least two more years, meaning that he will not be able to use his social network during the 2022 midterm elections. The company also said it would end a policy of handling posts from politicians differently from other users. “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of…

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    👍|Kamala Harris Under Fire For ‘Tone Deaf’ Memori…

    Vice President Kamala Harris came under fire on Saturday when she tweeted a candid photo of herself looking to the side and smiling. The caption read simply: “Enjoy the long weekend.” But some Twitter users took offense to it. They considered it tone-deaf and disrespectful because of her failure to mention the very reason for the long weekend and its significance: Memorial Day, a national holiday where  many American families cannot “enjoy” the holiday.   Following the end of the Civil War, which claimed more American lives than any other conflict previous to it, in the spring of 1865, it is b…

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    👍|Twitter Account, @DJTDesk, Posting Trump Statem…

    An account re-posting former President Donald Trump‘s statements was banned by Twitter last week. The platform explained that the account “@DJTDesk” violated Twitter’s evasion policy, as Trump is still indefinitely suspended from the platform. @DJTDesk’s bio read, “Posts copied from Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS; Originally composed via DonaldJTrump/Desk.” A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement Friday regarding the account’s suspension that “as stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affil…

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    👍|Trump Statement Calling Kentucky Derby Winner M…

    Former President Donald Trump released a statement on his blog Sunday saying that the winner of the Kentucky Derby failing a drug test is a metaphor for “what is happening to our country,” then lamenting national and election security. “So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky. This is emblematic of what is happening to our Country. The whole world is laughing at us as we go to hell on our Borders, our fake Presidential Election, and everywhere else!” Trump wrote in a statement to his blog Sunday. The former president has been releasing more public statements since he b…

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    👍|Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Trump Ban, Lea…

    A panel of lawyers, activists and journalists acting as Facebook’s Oversight Board ruled Wednesday to uphold the company’s ban of former President Donald Trump. The committee’s decision means that Trump will not have access to his massive Facebook or Instagram accounts at any time in the near future. “Our sole job is to hold this extremely powerful organization, Facebook, to be held accountable,” said board co-chair Michael McConnell, then specified that the Trump ban “did not meet these standards.” The board’s final decision explains that an indefinite suspension of Trump is “not appropriate,…

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    👍|Anti-Defamation League Calls For Fox News Host …

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on Fox News to fire their network’s host Tucker Carlson following a segment where the host made allusion to a white supremacist theory of whites being at risk of “replaced” by non-whites, known as the “Great Replacement Theory.” “Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in their open letter to Fox News. “Last night, in a segment on his program dealing with voting rights and allegations of voter disenfranchisement, Tucker Carlson disgustingly gave an impassioned defense of the wh…

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    👍|Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Accused Of P…

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) baffled Twitter users on Sunday writing a post disparaging Asian-Americans amidst a deadly rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes in the Untied States. “I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to [MLB] games,” the former governor said. The comment section of the former governor’s tweet was filled with several condemnations of the message as ‘overtly racist.’ Some of Huckabee’s former colleagues were deeply distraught by the governor’s comments. Beth Moore, a Texas …

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    👍|Trump Says ‘There Is Hope’ Of A 2024 Run

    Former President Donald Trump indicated in a Tuesday night interview that he plans to run again in 2024. Trump’s interview was hosted by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump who asked Trump if he plans to run again in 2024. The former president said, “You do have hope,” in reference to whether or not he would run again. “We love our country, this country. We all owe a lot to our country. But now we have to help our country,” Trump then immediately followed, unwilling to answer directly whether or not he will run. In contrast, President Joe Biden said Friday with certainty that he will be running aga…

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    👍|Trump Will Return To Social Media With His ‘Own…

    Senior Adviser to former President Donald Trump, Jason Miller, said on Sunday that Trump plans to return to social media in the near future on his “own platform.” Miller said Sunday that Trump will be “returning to social media in two or three months.” The Trump advisor also boasted that the unnamed, and unseen platform would “completely redefine the game” and rake in “tens of millions” of new users. Trump was banned from his most-visible platform, Twitter, for “incitement of violence” in the hours after the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Trump’s leaning into a new platform may be the only wa…

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    👍|Sen. Ted Cruz’s Tweet Criticizing California Po…

    Last week, Texas has grappled with record low temperatures and rolling blizzards, which left millions without power. Power has been gradually restored this week. The recent blackout in Texas marks less than a year since rolling outages struck California during which Texas lawmakers mocked the state’s crisis as a result of California Democrats’ green policies. Sen. Ted Cruz‘s tweet attracted particular attention, having specifically cited “CA’s failed energy policy” on then-campaigning Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as, bizarrely, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). A Twitter-user…

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    👍|Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Banned From Instagram For…

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.‘s Instagram account was banned last week due to “repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” according to a Facebook spokesperson. The spokesperson explained that Kennedy’s Facebook account has not yet been banned: “We don’t automatically disable accounts across our apps, because the accounts may post about different things on our different services.” Recently, Facebook has been expanding efforts to stop the spread of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines. A Facebook press release details the company’s newfound mission: “We are contin…

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    👍|Twitter Permanently Bans Right-Wing Group Proje…

    On Thursday night, Twitter permanently suspended the account of right-wing conservative activist group Project Veritas after the group “repeatedly” violated Twitters terms of service, a Twitter spokesperson said. Specifically, the group violated Twitter’s policy on sharing, or threatening to share, other’s private information. The Twitter spokesperson refused to say specifically which tweet triggered the ban, but Project Veritas believes the action is due to a video posted to their account accosting the Facebook vice president of Integrity at his private home. “The tweet in question arose when…

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    👍|Lou Dobbs’ Praises Trump On Twitter After Fox N…

    After Fox News canceled Lou Dobbs‘ Fox Business Network show, the former anchor has become active on Twitter, thanking people for defending him and retweeting some people insulting the network. Fox News put out the following statement about the cancellation: “As we said in October, FOX News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on FOX Business – this is part of those planned changes. A new 5 PM program will be announced in the near future.” The news of the show’s cancellation came one day after S…

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    👍|MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Banned From Twitter A…

    Twitter has finalized a permanent ban for Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow. Following the banning of former President Donald Trump, Lindell regularly peddled the former president’s unsubstantiated voter fraud claims on his account. “This account was suspended for repeated violations of our civic integrity policy,” a Twitter representative said in a statement about Lindell’s account. Lindell’s ban is one of several made by Twitter as well as Facebook in an apparent crackdown against false information on their sites.  From his Twitter account, Lindell alleged that Dominion and Smartmatic voting sys…

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    👍|FBI Asks For Public To Help Identify Capitol Ri…

    Several pictures from the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol show people posing in private offices and gleefully vandalizing the Capitol building. More than 60 people have now been federally charged with trespassing, theft and possession of firearms and explosives. The photo of a man sitting at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-California) desk with his feet up led to his subsequent arrest and charging with theft. From another viral photo, a Florida man was arrested after being pictured waving to a camera while carrying Speaker Pelosi’s lectern. The FBI has publicly released an image with 12 people who …

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    👍|Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump Due To ‘Risk…

    Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, due to “the risk of further incitement of violence.” “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter wrote. The ban followed Trump’s comments as his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in response to Congress planning to certify President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory. After his personal account @realDonaldTrump was suspended, Trump took to the official POTUS to continue twe…

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    👍|Ivanka Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Trump Rioter…

    While the House members and Senators have been quick to denounce the protesters who stormed the Capitol building as “domestic terrorists,” as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said and “insurrectionists,” as Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) termed them, Ivanka Trump, similarly to her father, President Donald Trump, called the same people “American Patriots.” Her now-deleted tweet reads “American Patriots — any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.” Ivanka’s tweet reads very similar to Donald Trump’s from the same day…