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    By Clare Duffy | CNN Business Thousands of previously banned Twitter users, including members of the far-right and users sharing blatant misinformation, have begun to have their accounts restored to the platform, according to an independent analysis. The mass restoration of accounts comes after new owner Elon Musk said late last month that he would offer “general amnesty” to many who had been removed from the platform. In following through on that commitment, however, Musk risks further alienating other users and advertisers, and exacerbating concerns among watchdog groups about the rise of hate speech on the platform under his ownership (a fact Musk has attempted to refute). Among those recently unbanned are a range of large and small accounts, including users promoting NFTs and cryptocurrencies, users tweeting about sports, many users tweeting in languages other than English, as well as both users that appear to be left-leaning and pro-Trump, according to observations by CNN. But the restored accounts also include far-right figures such as Andrew Anglin, a self-professed white supremacist who founded the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, and Patrick...
    In the wake of the Colorado Springs hate crime mass shooting last month at a gay nightclub’s drag show event that left five people dead, the anti-LGBTQ slur “groomer” and other anti-LGBTQ hate speech posts on Twitter skyrocketed, “peaking at 885% over their highest level before the shooting,” NBC News reports. “Barely 24 hours after the Colorado Springs hate crime attack,” Salon reported last week, “Elon Musk’s new Twitter responded to the massacre by reinstating the account of James Lindsay, the right-wing activist responsible for popularizing the anti-LGBTQ slur ‘OK groomer,’ which over the last 10 months has been used to imply that demands for LGBTQ rights or representation are tantamount to child molestation. In August, Lindsay was banned from Twitter for using a variation on the term, which under Twitter’s old regime was prohibited as a form of hateful conduct. But by Monday night, not only was Lindsay back, but ‘OK groomer’ was trending on the platform under its new ownership.” Slurs against gay men on Twitter have increased by a daily average of 58% in the weeks following...
    Facebook was not able to detect the vast majority of advertisements that explicitly called for violence against or killing of US election workers ahead of the midterms, a new investigation reveals. The probe tested Facebook, YouTube and TikTok for their ability to flag ads that contained ten real-life examples of death threats issues against election workers - including statements that people would be killed, hanged or executed and that children would be molested.  TikTok and YouTube suspended the accounts that had been set up to submit the ads. But Meta-owned Facebook approved nine out of ten English-language death threats for publication and six out of ten Spanish-language death threats - 75% of the total ads that the group submitted for publication. 'It’s incredibly alarming that Facebook approved ads threatening election workers with violence, lynching and killing – amidst growing real-life threats against these workers,' said Rosie Sharpe, investigator at Global Witness, which partnered with New York University Tandon School of Engineering's Cybersecurity for Democracy (C4D) team on the research.  Facebook was not able to detect the vast majority of advertisements that...
    In this article TWTRFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTElon Musk's Twitter account displayed on a mobile with Elon Musk in the background are seen in this illustration. In Brussels - Belgium on 19 November 2022. Jonathan Raa | Nurphoto | Getty ImagesIn a recent update to its website, Twitter said that effective Nov. 23, it is no longer enforcing its Covid-19 misleading information policy. It means the company will no longer prioritize removing or tagging misleading health information related to Covid-19. Twitter said in December 2020 that it would begin to label and remove misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines as thousands of accounts made false claims about the coronavirus and the adverse impacts of immunizations. Twitter CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal critic of how health officials reacted to the coronavirus pandemic. He said during the company's first-quarter 2020 earnings call that the stay-at-home orders were "forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional rights." He also said on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in 2020 that the mortality rate of Covid-19 was much lower than health officials estimated....
    \u201c@Liz_Wheeler I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone\u201d — Liz Wheeler (@Liz Wheeler) 1669404144 Musk, who has already reinstated some accounts since taking over the social media company, has announced plans for a mass reinstatement of suspended Twitter accounts. The idea was supported by a majority of votes in a poll that Musk posted proposing "general amnesty" for suspended accounts that had not violated the law or perpetrated "egregious spam." The Washington Post quoted Harvard Law Cyberlaw Clinic clinical instructor Alejandra Caraballo warning that Apple and Google should consider banning Twitter from their app stores. "Apple and Google need to seriously start exploring booting Twitter off the app store," Caraballo, said, according to a piece by Post columnist Taylor Lorenz. "What Musk is doing is existentially dangerous for various marginalized communities. It's like opening the gates of hell in terms of the havoc it will cause. People who engaged in direct targeted harassment can come back and engage in doxing, targeted harassment, vicious...
    Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal Twitter account, which was suspended in January, was also recently reinstated. Musk agreed with a Twitter account on Friday that posted a tweet contending that the political right should "start funding more artists, filmmakers and writers instead of politicians and super-PACs." Musk tweeted, "I am neither conventionally right nor left, but I agree with your point. The woke mind virus has thoroughly penetrated entertainment and is pushing civilization towards suicide. There needs to be a counter-narrative." \u201c@getpaidwrite I am neither conventionally right nor left, but I agree with your point. \n\nThe woke mind virus has thoroughly penetrated entertainment and is pushing civilization towards suicide.\n\nThere needs to be a counter-narrative.\u201d — Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1669368415
    Twitter CEO Elon Musk, in his latest bizarre change to his newly-acquired social media company, announced Thursday that he will grant “amnesty” to suspended Twitter accounts—opening the door for a spike in harassment, hate speech and misinformation, online safety experts say. The billionaire’s decision seemingly came from a poll he posted to his timeline asking Twitter users whether suspended accounts that have not “broken the law” or took part in “egregious spam” should be given a second chance. The yes vote was 72%. “The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” Musk had previously floated the idea of reinstating accounts, but said last month that Twitter would not do so until a new “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints” was set in place. He also promised that no “major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.” It’s unclear whether Twitter’s content moderation team is in place to handle what’s certain to be an influx of hateful comments that breach Twitter guidelines should nearly all suspended accounts...
    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday that he is granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation. The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” The yes vote was 72%. “The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.” Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last last weekend before reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, which Twitter had banned for encouraging the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. Trump has said he won’t return to Twitter but has not deleted his account. Such online polls are anything but scientific and can easily be influenced by bots. In the month since Musk took over Twitter, groups that monitor the platform for racist, anti-Semitic and other...
    Elon Musk has announced suspended Twitter accounts will be offered an 'amnesty' from next week. The head of the company, who completed a $44 billion takeover in October, polled Twitter users and the majority backed the move. The poll posted on Wednesday asked: 'Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?' Some 72.4 percent of voters said yes, while 27.6 percent said no.  There were 3,162,112 votes cast during the 24-hour poll. Musk said on Thursday: 'The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.' The poll follows another recent survey which asked whether former President Donald Trump should be reinstated. Musk polled Twitter users on whether suspended accounts should be offered an amnesty and the majority of voters chose yes. After a majority said yes, Trump's account was reactivated - and then he said he didn't see 'any reason' to rejoin anyway. Announcing that decision, Musk also used the Latin phrase 'Vox Populi, Vox Dei,' that roughly means 'the voice of the...
    Elon Musk On Wednesday, a fresh vote began on the recovery of suspended accounts TwitterAfter his last poll led him To welcome Donald Trump back to the stage. “Should Twitter offer amnesty to suspended accounts as long as they don’t violate the law or send outrageous spam? Yes/No,” he asked. Two hours later, more than a million accounts had already spoken in favor of “yes.” Should Twitter issue amnesties to suspended accounts if they don’t break the law or engage in egregious spam? — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022 Access to this content has been blocked out of respect for your consent Click on ” I agree », you accept the placing of cookies by external services, so that you can access the content of our partners I agree And feel free to accept all cookies for one day only with the “I accept today” button in the banner below to get better pay for 20 minutes. More information on the page Cookie Management Policy. Twitter’s new owner and CEO on Saturday rehabilitated former US...
    Musk posted a poll on Wednesday asking whether Twitter should grant a mass amnesty to suspended accounts. "Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?" Musk asked. So far, a majority of votes have been cast in favor Musk's proposal. \u201cShould Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?\u201d — Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1669225589
    Musk has agreed with conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza that Twitter censorship has been targeting conservatives, but not leftists. "We don’t hear much about Democrats and leftists being let back on Twitter. Why? Because they were never kicked off in the first place. Their lies and misinformation simply escaped all scrutiny. Censorship has been deployed as a one-way operation against conservatives," D'Souza tweeted on Monday, tagging Musk. "Correct," Musk replied on Tuesday. \u201c@DineshDSouza Correct\u201d — Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza) 1669070209
    A data firm has found that Twitter may have lost over a million users since new boss Elon Musk bought the tech company for $44 billion, showing that some users have been suspended by the company and others may have deactivated out of protest.  The firm Bot Sentinel tracks inauthentic Twitter behavior by analyzing over 3.1 million accounts and their daily activity.  Bot Sentinel believes approximately 877,000 accounts were deactivated and another 497,000 were suspended between October 27 and November 1, more than double the usual number.  Christopher Bouzy, founder of data firm Bot Sentinel, says Twitter may have lost over a million users since new boss Elon Musk bought the tech company for $44 billion 'I believe if users continue to deactivate their accounts en masse, it will become a significant problem for the platform,' said Bouzy  Globally, searches for 'How to delete Twitter' surged by 500 per cent in the past week, from October 24 to October 31, security firm VPNOverview found  'We have observed an uptick in people deactivating their accounts and also Twitter suspending accounts,' said Christopher Bouzy,...
    Instagram is having issues this afternoon, with reports of users having their accounts suspended.  According to DownDetector, the problems started at around 13:08 GMT and are affecting users globally.  While the reason for the outage remains unclear, several users have reported their accounts being suspended.   Instagram is having issues this afternoon, with reports of users having their accounts suspended
    Twitter suspended Michael Ward, the husband of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward Wednesday morning for “multiple, severe violations,” according to his wife. She tweeted, “Weird. He’s not a terrorist or a tyrant. He’s a doctor, dad, & veteran. That must be it!” Twitter STILL censoring my hub. His page got banned this AM & when you search, it says the page doesn’t exist. They sent him an email saying he was banned for “multiple, severe violations.” Weird. He’s not a terrorist or a tyrant. He’s a doctor, dad, & veteran. That must be it! pic.twitter.com/lr5KU5VY92 — Dr. Kelli Ward ???????? (@kelliwardaz) April 27, 2022 Michael Ward told The Arizona Sun Times, “I want to know whether they’re targeting me because I opposed COVID-19 restrictions, or because I am a conservative physician, or because I’m a retired colonel who opposes the Biden administration.” He believes he was probably singled out because of who he’s married to. He said Twitter first suspended him on Jan. 7, 2021, his first account, @JimmyTheMole01, because he retweeted former President Donald Trump after the...
    A growing number of Twitter accounts have been suspended for referring to U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who identifies as a transgender woman, as a man. Since Levine was named one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year” on Wednesday, multiple Twitter accounts addressing Levine as a man have either been suspended or flagged for offensive content. SUSPENDED TWITTER ACCOUNTS Charlie Kirk The founder of conservative nonprofit organization Turning Point USA had his Twitter account suspended on Tuesday after he wrote that Levine "spent 54 years of his life as a man" and "had a wife and family." "He 'transitioned' to being a woman in 2011, Joe Biden appointed Levine to be a 4-Star Admiral, and now USA Today has named 'Rachel' Levine as a 'Woman of the Year,'" Kirk's tweet read. "Where are the feminists??" Twitter said it suspended Kirk's account because users "may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or...
    Twitter suspended a popular anonymous account that specialized in showcasing the hypocrisy of liberal users online. The account, Defiant Ls, which specialized in posting screenshots featuring the changing stances of liberal Twitter accounts, was suspended on Tuesday. The account had more than 342,000 followers before its suspension. The owner of Defiant Ls told the Washington Examiner that the account had been suspended for violating the Twitter terms of service, specifically "Ban Evasion." When they attempted to appeal the ban, they were told that the account had been suspended in an email. BILL TARGETING APPLE AND GOOGLE APP STORES MOVES OUT OF SENATE COMMITTEE Twitter just nuked @DefiantLs ???????? pic.twitter.com/FKDBZ8NqEq— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 15, 2022 The ban caught the attention of several accounts on Twitter. "Is pointing out liberal hypocrisy a violation of [Twitter] rules?" Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted with a recent Defiant Ls screenshot featuring Quintez Brown, who allegedly attempted to shoot a mayoral candidate on Monday. Is pointing out liberal hypocrisy a violation of @twitter rules? Well lets find...
    CRYPTO.COM user were left unable to access their cash after the company suspended withdrawals due to "unauthorised activity" on some accounts. Crypto.com is a crypto exchange that can be used to buy and sell a range of popular cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum. 1Crypto.com suspended withdrawals after "suspicious activity"Credit: Getty In a tweet on Monday the company said: "Earlier today a small number of users experienced unauthorized activity in their accounts. All funds are safe. It said that out of an "abundance of caution" it is enhancing security on all accounts and that requires users to sign back in and reset two factor authentication. After that users should be able to access their accounts again. "We understand this may be an inconvenience, but security comes first," crypto.com added. Shortly after it said that withdrawals have been restored but that it would "take time to clear the backlogs". Some users are still reporting issues getting access to their accounts. Most read in MoneyHELP IS HERE Bonus EBT $1,504 cards arriving NOW after SNAP emergency $95 boosts sent outBIG BUCKS Deadline...
    (CNN)Twitter has permanently suspended Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter account @mtgreenee, the company confirmed to CNN Sunday morning. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Getty Ghislaine Maxwell in 2013. A Twitter account called “Tracker Trial,” which was providing updates on Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, was suspended from Twitter on December 8. However, Twitter sleuths determined that this was not the Twitter user’s first account using that same ID. In addition, the account had other Twitter accounts pointing to the same substack newsletter, including an account established to report only negative news about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s a look at what happened and the account’s background on the site.The Account Was Suspended for ‘Platform Manipulation & Spam’On Wednesday, December 8, @TrackerTrial was suspended for violating Twitter’s “platform manipulation and spam” rules, Fox News reported. If you visit the account on Twitter, you’ll see a notification that it was suspended. Twitter Fox News reported that the account had only been active for two weeks, but it was created back in November 2020, according to an Internet Archive saved two days before the account was suspended. At that point in time, the account had 494,600 followers and Fox News reported that this number had grown...
    Twitter's new 'private information policy,' ostensibly intended to prevent abuse of the platform, has been gamed by right-wing extremists as a tool to attack antifascist researchers. It’s as predictable as the ocean tides: When Twitter or some other social media giant announces a new rule intended to stamp out abuse of its platform, the very people who specialize in that abuse promptly figure out how to game the rules in a way that targets the people who expose their abusiveness both on social media and in the real world. It happened to me back in 2019. True to form, Twitter recently announced a new “private information policy” allowing someone whose photo or video was tweeted without their consent to have it taken down upon request. Within hours, white nationalists and neo-Nazis were openly strategizing how to use the rule to have accounts by researchers and antifascists suspended and their posts removed—and then easily succeeded in doing so. “Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent,” Twitter...
    Twitter announced a new privacy policy last week as a win for women, minorities, and activists. But the policy has already inspired a wave of trolling, with far-right groups organizing around the tactic, and antiracist activists and women on the left experiencing the brunt of the attacks. Under a set of newly revamped rules, Twitter banned photographs and videos “of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted.” On its face, the policy was an attempt to combat harassment on the social media site. But critics warned that the policy’s language was too vague, and would allow powerful figures and bad actors to stifle reporting. Now the far-right is weaponizing the policy. And despite Twitter’s admission this weekend that it erroneously suspended some accounts under the new privacy policy, the suspensions have continued, with new groups forming to file false reports en masse. Twitter (which did not return a request for comment) announced its new policy last week with a nod to some of the challenges facing disenfranchised groups online. “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but...
    Twitch wants users to be informed about all the changes that their accounts undergo and that is why, now, they will start sending messages with a string of information when accounts are suspended. Twitch has been the protagonist of controversies for several months. The last thing that has jumped to the networks is the change of tariff depending on the country from which users subscribe. The reason for this decision was to make the service more accessible to certain users, but it has also called into question the earnings of its streamers. And, it is difficult to take into account so many factors. But the truth is that being one of the priority platforms for streaming content, they can play cards that other platforms cannot.. Many content creators may decide to leave the platform or seek other methods of depositing money, such as Patreon. But creators who stay on Twitch will find a new change. Now the platform will inform more effectively of the reasons why some users have their accounts suspended. The suspension of accounts affects quite a few...
                        Twitter permanently suspended several accounts dedicated to documenting the Arizona audit. The social media giant also permanently suspended other similar or affiliated accounts covering the audit or calls for an audit in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. The suspended accounts were: @arizonaaudit, @AuditWarRoom, @AuditMichigan, @AuditWisconsin, @AuditNevada, @AuditGeorgia, @Audit_Arizona and @Audit_PA. The latter 7 accounts are associated with an Instagram account, @auditwarroom, that hasn’t been suspended from the Facebook-owned platform. That account notified the public that it joined GETTR, a social media platform created by former President Donald Trump’s aide Jason Miller. Senator Wendy Rogers (R-AZ) first tweeted about the account bans on Tuesday. “BREAKING: Twitter just suspended the Arizona Audit account as well as the Audit War Room account,” wrote Rogers. “Follow me on Telegram and Gab for when I am booted. I will be next.” BREAKING: Twitter just suspended the Arizona Audit account as well as the Audit War Room account. Follow me on Telegram and Gab for when I am booted. I will be next.https://t.co/thUZA6fK63https://t.co/VWNmppA4nS...
    Two Twitter accounts associated with the Arizona Senate's audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election were suspended for violating the platform's terms of usage. The accounts @ArizonaAudit and @AuditWarRoom were suspended as of Tuesday. The accounts have operated since the start of the audit in late April. It is not immediately clear who runs the profiles. Twitter said the accounts were permanently suspended for violating the platform's rules on manipulation and spam, according to a company statement obtained by BuzzFeed. The company did not say when the suspensions took effect, however, it appears they occurred Tuesday afternoon. The @ArizonaAudit account maintained nearly 100,000 followers before it was suspended, and it described itself as the official profile of the Senate liaison for the election recount, despite Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett's past refusal to disclose who operated it. ARIZONA SENATE AUDIT LIAISON TO STEP DOWN JUST IN - Twitter has just suspended the official Arizona Audit and Audit War Room accounts. pic.twitter.com/R4hOXqflHa— Disclose.tv ???? (@disclosetv) July 27, 2021 The now-suspended audit account claimed in a May post that "Maricopa County deleted...
    Wang Luyao of Chinese shooting team attends a training session at Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 2021. Ju Huanzong/Xinhua via Getty Images Wang Luyao was an early favorite to win the women's air rifle competition at the Tokyo Games.  She failed to make the finals and was roundly criticized online for her failure. Censors on the social media platform Weibo suspended nearly three dozen accounts for attacking her. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chinese fans lashed out at one of the country's star Olympic competitors after she failed to make it to the finals, prompting censors to suspend nearly three dozen social media accounts over the abuse.  Wang Luyao was an early favorite to win the Tokyo 2020 women's air rifle competition but she had a difficult semi-final round, and failed to qualify for the sport's final.  Following the disappointing match, Wang posted a selfie of herself posing in black pajamas.  "Sorry everyone, I admit I chickened out. See you in three years," she captioned the image.  Weibo users were apparently insulted that...
    The social networking site “Twitter” has suspended the accounts of the exiled opposition group, which calls itself the embassies of the Belarusian people. The group was formed after last year’s presidential election in Belarus, in which longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the winner. The opposition believes the election was rigged, in fact the opposition candidate, Svetlana Sihanska, won. Extensive protests erupted in Belarus after the elections, which were brutally suppressed. Hundreds of people were imprisoned. Activists complain of torture during detention and inhumane treatment. With the struggles, the Belarusian deportation movement also grew. Deported groups who see Sihanouk as an election winner and a legitimate president of Belarus claim that their social media accounts act as embassies for the Belarusian people. “Although the regime is illegal, we never claim to be official embassies,” said a panel of the People’s Embassy in Germany. “We represent the people, not the regime.” The group sent reporters and activists a screen shot of the email they received from Twitter. The group account violates Twitter’s rules, especially those related to identity theft. There is...
    Former President Donald Trump isn't going to “like" Facebook’s decision to keep him in cyber jail through at least much of 2023. Poll Do You Support Extending Trump's Facebook Ban Through 2023? Yes No Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the poll is complete. Subscribe Get Daily Voice in your inbox as well Current Results Do You Support Extending Trump's Facebook Ban Through 2023? Yes 100% No 0% Back to Vote Subscribe to the results Citing his “praise for people who engaged in violence” during the deadly insurrection at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, Facebook upheld its suspension of Trump’s accounts on both Facebook and Instagram, saying he will be barred from using their social media platforms for two years. “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,” Facebook announced. “We are suspending...
    Chinese leaders are boosting their twitter support with an army of bot accounts, according to The Associated Press. Much of the online support for Xiaoming and other Chinese officials has come from fake accounts, according to an investigation conducted by The Associated Press and Oxford Internet Institute . Over 10% of the retweets that 189 Chinese officials had from June through January came from suspended accounts, according to The AP. Liu Xiaoming, China’s representative on Korean Peninsula Affairs, made a Twitter account in October of 2019, even though the platform is banned in China, according to The AP. (RELATED: REPORT: Twitter Locks China’s US Embassy Out Of Twitter After Post Touting Birth Rate Decline Among Uighurs) Xiaoming boasts over 119,000 Twitter followers and he garnered more than 43,000 retweets from June through February. However, more than half of these retweets came from users that had been suspended for violating Twitter’s rules, according to The AP. The bots are intended to manipulate Twitter’s algorithm which shows popular posts to more users. The support from fake accounts would cause Chinese propaganda to be...
    Twitter confirmed Thursday that it pulled the plug on several accounts trying to skirt its ban on former President Donald Trump by promoting his blog posts.  The ex-president launched a page on his website earlier this week promising comment "straight from the desk of Donald J Trump."  The page was made public just before Facebook's independent oversight board on Wednesday upheld the platform's ban on Trump.  Twitter accounts with names playing on Trump themes and seeking to amplify the Trump website posts were taken offline, according to the platform.  "As stated in our ban evasion policy, we'll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account," a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.  Twitter said it permanently suspended Trump's account after the deadly January 6 Capitol riot because there was a risk he would further incite violence, following months of tweets disputing Joe Biden's presidential election victory. 
    Twitter suspended an account Thursday that posted statements from former President Donald Trump’s website, stating that the posts violated company rules against ban evasion. An account with the handle “@DJTDesk” appeared on the platform Thursday morning. The account’s bio section stated it would share statements from the former president’s website Save America, NBC News first reported. The account was suspended within hours of showing up on the platform. Twitter’s ban evasion policy states that the platform “reserves the right to also permanently suspend any other account” believed to be operated by a suspended user. The policy also states that users can not “imitate a suspended account if the apparent intent is to replace a suspended account.” “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to NBC News. Twitter suspended the Trump blog account @DJTDesk. Twitter spokesperson said: As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is...
    By Elizabeth Culliford | Reuters Twitter Inc suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s website, saying they broke its rules against evading an account ban. Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other social media platforms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. On Tuesday, a page was added to Trump’s site, dubbed “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” where he posts messages that can be shared by his audience to both Twitter and Facebook. “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement. A Trump representative said they had nothing to do with the suspended accounts, which included @DJTDesk, @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT and @DeskOfTrump1. Twitter, which has said that its ban on Trump is permanent even if he runs for office again, has said users...
    Bradley Cortright May 6, 2021 0 Comments Twitter took action against an account that was sharing tweets with content that was copied from former President Donald Trump‘s new social media tool. The account named “The Desk of Donald J. Trump” was sharing posts from the former president’s new website, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” on Twitter. The bio included a note that stated it was “Not Donald J. Trump Tweeting.” However, according to NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny, a Twitter spokesperson said the company suspended the account because, “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.” Twitter suspended the Trump blog account @DJTDesk. Twitter spokesperson said: As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account. pic.twitter.com/v2RYslP8Xg— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) May 6, 2021 Twitter permanently banned Trump in January after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Earlier this week, Trump...
    A Twitter account purportedly made by Donald Trump's communications team has been suspended just one day after it was created.  The account, @DJTDesk, was said to have been set up to share statements from the former President which will also be published on his new website - 'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump'. That website, which was launched earlier this week, allows fans to repost Trump's statements to their own Facebook and Twitter feeds.  But while that feature still appears to be active, the @DJTDesk account was suspended Wednesday evening for 'violating Twitter rules', according to reporter Andrew Solender. Trump - who was a prolific user of Twitter and boasted 88 million followers - was suspended from Twitter in January, following the US Capitol riot.   The new @DJTDesk account appeared to be a way to circumvent that ban and allow him to communicate directly with Twitter users. The suspension of the @DJTDesk account comes on the same day that Facebook's Oversight Board upheld a ban on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. A Twitter account purportedly made by Donald...
    Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe has announced he will sue Twitter for defamation, after the social network permanently blocked his account and accused him of operating fake accounts. O'Keefe,  36, had his account closed on Thursday. The day before, he had published another embarrassing clip of a CNN camera director, Charlie Chester, on a Tinder date with an undercover operative discussing his employer's attitudes towards Donald Trump and Matt Gaetz.  Project Veritas, the media watchdog which O'Keefe founded, said it was proof of the network's bias.  Twitter said on Thursday that 'The account you referenced (@JamesOKeefeIII) was permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on manipulation and spam. James O'Keefe, Project Veritas founder, was removed from Twitter on Thursday 'As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, 'You can't mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,' and 'you can't artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.'' O'Keefe said he would sue. 'I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O'Keefe, 'operated fake accounts.'  'This is false,...
    Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe told Fox News Thursday he will sue Twitter for "defamation" after the platform permanently suspended his account over the alleged use of "fake accounts". A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News that O'Keefe was "permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam." "As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, 'You can’t mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,' and 'you can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.'" O'Keefe categorically denied Twitter's assertions, demanding the social meda giant point to the "fake accounts" and insisting the claims amount to "libel."  PROJECT VERITAS FOUNDER JAMES O'KEEFE PLANS TO SUE CNN FOR DEFAMATION: 'WE BELIEVE WE CAN WIN' "I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said, I, James O'Keefe, 'operated fake accounts.' This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay," the Project Veritas founder said in a statement to Fox News. "Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday." Twitter declined to comment...
    Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe was suspended from Twitter Thursday just days after releasing video footage which appared to show a CNN executive saying that the network uses “propaganda.” O’Keefe’s account profile says it has been suspended. In a statement to The Daily Caller, Twitter said O’Keefe’s account was “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter rules on platform manipulation and spam.” Twitter’s website says “platform manipulation can take many forms” including “commercially-motivated spam, that typically aims to drive traffic or attention from a conversation on Twitter to accounts, websites, products, services or initiatives.” Twitter’s website also said accounts may not use “stock or stolen profile photos, particularly those depicting other people; use of stolen or copied profile bios” among other things. It is unclear exactly what O’Keefe tweeted that caused Twitter to strike the account down. Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe’s Twitter account was suspended Thursday [Twitter:Screenshot:Public User James O’Keefe]O’Keefe vowed to sue Twitter for defamation in a statement to The Daily Caller. “I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O’Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts.’ This...
    Twitter on Thursday suspended Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe’s account for violations of "manipulation and spam," according to the social media platform. “The account you referenced (@JamesOKeefeIII) was permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a email to The Hill.  “As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, 'You can’t mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,' and 'you can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts,'” the spokesperson said. Twitter confirmed to The Hill that O'Keefe's suspension is permanent.  Project Veritas, a right wing group known for publishing undercover sting videos, filed a defamation suit against The New York Times in April regarding the newspaper’s coverage of a Veritas video. O'Keefe this week on Fox News also threatened a defamation suit against CNN. O'Keefe told The Hill in a statement he plans to sue Twitter over the accusation. "I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O'Keefe, 'operated fake accounts,' O'Keefe said in a statement provided by Project Veritas. "This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay....
    Twitter officials say they tracked QAnon for years, as adherents of the conspiracy theory spread misinformation and vitriol on the platform.  While Twitter monitored, collected data and tried to suppress the reach of QAnon accounts, it had stopped short of outright banning them. That changed after the Capitol riot. On January 12, six days after the insurrection, Twitter publicly disclosed it had suspended 70,000 accounts. A Twitter spokesperson now tells CBS News the number has more than doubled — with more than 150,000 accounts suspended for engaging in "sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale."  The accounts didn't come from overseas and they weren't "bots" spewing automated falsehoods. The vast majority belonged to Americans and were "real people," though some held multiple accounts, according to senior Twitter officials.  In interviews with CBS News, senior Twitter officials described a yearslong effort to fight domestic conspiracy theories. They said they adapted similar strategies previously used to combat international terrorism and child sexual exploitation. They recounted how for months before January 6 they limited the visibility of QAnon-associated accounts — hoping to encourage...
    From scary exploits to hijinks, Twitter has witnessed its fair share of malfunctions over the years. But the platform’s latest bug is the funniest we’ve seen in a while. On Sunday, a host of Twitter users were banned for 12 hours for simply tweeting the word “Memphis,” reports Gizmodo, with the site informing them that they had violated the rules. Those in Twitter purgatory were limited to sending direct messages and couldn’t tweet, retweet, or like other tweets, according to screenshots of suspension alerts shared by several users. Twitter has since fixed the issue and restored the accounts. A number of accounts that Tweeted the word “Memphis” were temporarily limited due to a bug. It’s been fixed and the accounts have now been restored. We’re sorry this happened. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 14, 2021 Before it was resolved, some users were even baiting others into saying the M word in order to get them locked out of the service. The prank saw people asking what the second largest city in Tennessee is and the first name of Dutch soccer...
    You could tweet all you wanted about Beale Street, where the blues were born. No problem if you debated the merits of dry rub versus wet sauce for Tennessee barbecue, in 280 characters or less. But for several hours Sunday, simply tweeting the word “Memphis” would get your Twitter account locked along with a vague notification alleging you’d violated platform policy. Naturally, some Twitter users suspected a conspiracy was afoot. Others tweeted it themselves to see if uttering the ancient name had really become a bannable offense — and indeed, it had. (a) Yes, this is a thing, and (b) I now have Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ stuck in my head because of this https://t.co/3GEgicDM1y — Kevin Sonney (@ksonney) March 14, 2021 A French professional soccer team, Olympique Lyonnais, faced another problem — one of their players is named Memphis Depay. Hey, @Twitter — can we talk about him yet? ???? pic.twitter.com/nVn3nY9zBb — Olympique Lyonnais ???????????????? (@OL_English) March 14, 2021 Twitter acknowledged the issue as a “bug” and said it had been resolved by the evening, but stopped short...
    The Indian government is warning U.S. social media companies to comply with its laws following a dispute with Twitter over accounts it wanted suspended. Indian technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad named Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp in remarks to the nation's Parliament on Thursday. "You will have to follow the Constitution of India, you will have to abide by the laws of India," he said. India requested that Twitter crack down on about 1,100 accounts and posts, according to Reuters. The South Asia country took particular issue with accounts using hashtags with the phrase "farmer genocide," a reference to what the government argues is misinformation about recent agricultural reforms some farmers have protested. On Wednesday, Ajay Sawhney, secretary for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, met virtually with Twitter’s vice president for global public policy, Monique Meche, and deputy general counsel, Jim Baker, the government said in a press release. "Secretary expressed his deep disappointment to Twitter leadership about the manner in which Twitter has unwillingly, grudgingly and with great delay complied with the substantial parts...
    Project Veritas and its co-founder, James O’Keefe, were forced to delete some of their tweets that contained links to a video that briefly shows the home address of a Facebook executive. The organization on Wednesday released a video of reporter Christian Hartsock confronting Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen outside of his home after the social media executive returned from a jog. The video briefly allowed viewers to see the numbers of Rosen’s home address, which Twitter informed Project Veritas in an email was a violation of their rules against posting private information. “You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission,” the email said, according to The Wrap. “Please note that repeated violations may lead to a permanent suspension of your account,” it adds. O’Keefe told the Wrap in a statement that he was “wrestling” with the decision of whether to delete the tweets, which he apparently did since his Twitter account is no longer suspended. Project Veritas’ account remains suspended as of Thursday afternoon. “What I’m trying to understand is, what about...
    Conservative journalist James O’Keefe and his publication, Project Veritas, had their Twitter accounts briefly suspended on Feb. 11 following allegations of posting private information. O’Keefe and Project Veritas “violated [Twitter] rules against posting private information,” according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller. Their accounts were restored after they deleted the tweets. The offending tweets both link to a 53 second YouTube video titled “Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen Refuses To Comment When Confronted By Veritas Senior Journalist.” In the video, Project Veritas reporter Christian Hartsock attempts to interview Rosen near his home, although Rosen declines to comment. (RELATED: Project Veritas: CNN Manager Says, ‘We’re Totally Left-Leaning… We Don’t Wanna Admit It) In the video, Rosen’s home address number is briefly visible. Project Veritas does not share Rosen’s street name, city, state, or zip code. Project Veritas Media Relations Manager Mario Balaban told the Daily Caller that neither Facebook nor Instagram, who Rosen works for and are the subjects of the video, have flagged the video or suspended the accounts of O’Keefe or Project Veritas. “It’s pretty outrageous that...
    The proposal to regulate social networks presented by the leader of Morena’s bench in the Senate, Ricardo Monreal, wants to dissuade Twitter and Facebook from temporarily canceling or suspending accounts, by fining them up to 89.6 million pesos, thereby seeks to prevent another ‘Trumpazo’ from happening, analysts warned. Experts agreed that the cancellation of the Twitter account of the former president of the United States, Donald Trump and of several profiles related to the president of Mexico, alerted the government about the possibility of this happening in the country. “President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and certain public officials are afraid that, if they were to cancel or suspend Donald Trump’s account, obviously no other account of any other current official or president is safe,” said the analyst Lila Abed. According to the proposed Law, if social networks such as Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts, they will be fined up to 89.6 million pesos, in addition, platforms that have more than one million subscribers would be required to request an operating permit from the Federal Institute. of Telecommunications (IFT). Luis Fernando...
    The Trump name continued to experience a growth in Twitter followers despite the former president remaining suspended on the platform. Three of former President Donald Trumps children have added thousands of followers since President Joe Biden was sworn in Jan. 20, per Newsweek on Monday. Between Jan. 20-24, Ivanka Trump gained 54,839 followers, Donald Trump Jr. added 75,946, and Tiffany Ariana Trump gathered 25,565, according to social media tracking service Social Blade. Donald Trumps fourth child, Eric Trump, saw the number of his Twitter followers fall 16 consecutive days and dropped more than 302,500 between Jan. 7-22. Trump Jr. and his female siblings had seen their followers increase consistently until Jan. 9, a day after Twitter began removing far-right content, with tens of thousands of accounts suspended. Twitter began taking action two days after a mob violently stormed the Capitol. "These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service," Twitter wrote in a Jan. 12 blog post. "Our updated enforcement on QAnon content, along...
    TWITTER has suspended popular Antifa accounts with more than 71,000 followers combined after the Inauguration Day riots. At least four accounts linked to the anarchist group have been pulled as the platform crackdown on accounts linked to militants from the left and right.  * Read our US politics live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden and Donald Trump... 10Twitter has suspended several popular Antifa accounts The accounts which have been suspended are the @JewishWorker, @RevAbolition, @RevAbolitionNYC and @TheBaseBK which is the account for the anarchist center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Archived web pages of the accounts show they had more than 71,000 followers and were set back in 2012. Their pages now read “Account suspended” because they violated Twitter rules. Raging against The Base’s suspension, Antifa Sacramento said: “Our comrades The Base (@TheBasebk), an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY of 9 years now took this Twitter thing seriously.  “Reaching a platform of 17k followers, they pushed a very specific line where politics were never blurred.  ANARCHISTS “Today, Twitter took their account down, and...
    Twitter has suspended multiple popular antifa Twitter accounts that combined for over 71 thousand followers following their Inauguration Day rioting.  Four accounts have been confirmed to be taken down by the social media platform- @TheBaseBK, @JewishWorker, @RevAbolition, and @RevAbolitionNYC according to reporting from Andy Ngo.  Breaking: @Twitter has suspended several prominent #antifa accounts. @TheBaseBK is one of them. The Base is an extremist bookstore in Brooklyn, NY that has been used as an antifa training center. pic.twitter.com/CeCIhzpJBQ — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 21, 2021 Their accounts and their content is now gone, replaced with a warning that reads “Account Suspended” for violating Twitter rules.  The Antifa Sacramento account raged about the suspensions in their own tweet, attacking Twitter for the suspension.  “Our comrades w The Base(@TheBasebk),an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY of 9 years now took this Twitter thing seriously,” read their tweet Thursday. “Reaching a platform of 17k followers they pushed a very specific line where politics were never blurred. Today, Twitter took their account down, and now there is a void.” The suspensions follow a night...
    Bloomberg The world loves Biden, but he’s losing trust in America (Bloomberg) – President Joe Biden is popular in much of the world and is expected to increase the leadership of the United States on issues such as the fight against COVID-19, terrorism and climate change, according to a survey conducted in several countries. But confidence is low both in the US as a nation and in Biden’s ability to deliver. “We wanted to know: if there is a change in Administration and if the US is ready to lead again, will anyone follow?” said Michael Bröning, CEO of the New York office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the German think tank that commissioned the survey. Responses from 12,400 respondents in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Kenya, India, Indonesia , Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the US itself was: “Yes, but.” “Whatever there was in terms of confidence in the US has really dissipated a lot,” Bröning said, adding that international confidence levels in the US had fallen towards those of Russia and China. “That’s a long way from the shiny city on...
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