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    OnlyFans has been accused of bribing Facebook-owner Meta to get thousands of porn stars on a terrorist watchlist. Adult film stars claim owner Leonid Radvinsky paid staff from the rival firm to shadow ban them so they were exclusive to the site. They argue their photos and videos were falsely flagged as containing terrorist content on social media which impacted their cash flow. Their claims come in one of a mountain of lawsuits against OnlyFans from enraged stars arguing it had caused them financial harm. In all, their lawyers claim they have a list of 21,000 Instagram accounts that had been unfairly branded as potential terrorists. Adult film actress Alana Evans, who is one of the plaintiffs, claimed in the lawsuit she had been slapped on the watchlist Adult film stars claim owner Leonid Radvinsky paid staff from the rival firm to shadow ban them so they were exclusive to the site Adult film actress Alana Evans, who is one of the plaintiffs, claimed in the lawsuit she had been slapped on the watchlist. She said she was among those...
    New York (CNN Business)Elon Musk's legal team on Friday made public its official response to Twitter's lawsuit attempting to force him to complete their $44 billion acquisition deal. In the answer to Twitter's complaint, which includes counter-claims against the company, Musk's team attempts to refute the company's allegations that the Tesla CEO is unjustly trying to exit the deal. His team repeats allegations that Twitter has misstated the number of fake and spam bot accounts on its platform — a central charge Musk has made to justify terminating the acquisition agreement after originally citing a desire to "defeat the spam bots" as a reason for buying the company. Musk's response, which was filed publicly on Friday, states that the billionaire's team conducted an analysis of fake and spam accounts on the platform using data provided by Twitter's "firehose" of tweets and a public tool called Botometer created by researchers at the University of Indiana. It did not further detail the process of that evaluation and added that its analysis was "constrained" by a lack of time and information from Twitter....
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Elon Musk’s answer to Twitter’s lawsuit over his attempt to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company will be made public by Friday evening at the latest, a judge ruled Wednesday. Attorneys for Musk wanted to file a public version of their answer and counterclaims in Delaware court Wednesday. But Twitter attorneys complained that they needed more time to review and potentially redact Musk’s sealed filing, saying it refers “extensively” to internal Twitter information and data given to Musk. Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick held a quick teleconference Wednesday before agreeing with Twitter, directing that the public filing be docketed by 5 p.m. Friday. It could be filed earlier depending on when Twitter attorneys complete their review. Twitter attorneys argued that court rules require that five business days lapse before a public version of Musk’s filing is docketed. “Few cases attract as much public interest as this one, and Twitter is mindful of this court’s commitment to ensuring maximum public access to its proceedings,” Twitter attorney Kevin Shannon wrote. “Twitter...
    (CNN) — Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk over his move to terminate their $44 billion acquisition agreement will go to trial on Oct. 17 and run for five days, a Delaware judge has ruled. Judge Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, who is overseeing the case, issued the order for the trial dates late Thursday. After McCormick previously ruled in Twitter’s favor that the proceedings could be expedited and take place in October, the two sides continued wrangling over the precise start date, with Twitter pushing for it to begin on Oct. 10. Musk’s legal team had initially asked for the trial to take place in 2023. Twitter’s legal team argued it was necessary to expedite the case in order to limit the “harm” to its business and to ensure the deal can be completed before Oct. 24, the “drop dead” date by which the two sides had previously agreed to close the deal. Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk earlier this month in the Delaware Court of Chancery in an effort to force the billionaire Tesla CEO to follow through with...
    By Evan Peng | Bloomberg TikTok faces a claim that its algorithm steers more violent videos to minority subscribers than to White users in a lawsuit blaming the platform for the death of a 14-year-old African-American girl. The complaint, which also names Meta Platforms Inc., Snap Inc., and TikTok parent company ByteDance Ltd. as defendants, is among a stream of lawsuits that attempt to hold social media companies accountable for teens getting addicted to their platforms. Parents of Englyn Roberts, who died in September 2020 about two weeks after she tried to take her own life, allege that TikTok is aware of biases in its algorithm relating to race and socio-economic status. Roberts wouldn’t have seen and been addicted to the harmful content that contributed to her death if not for TikTok’s programming, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court. “TikTok’s social media product did direct and promote harmful and violent content in greater numbers to Englyn Roberts than what they promoted and amplified to other, Caucasian users of similar age, gender, and state of residence,”...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Elon Musk lost a fight to delay Twitter's lawsuit against him as a Delaware judge on Tuesday set an October trial, citing the "cloud of uncertainty" over the social media company after the billionaire backed out of a deal to buy it."Delay threatens irreparable harm," said Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, the head judge of Delaware's Court of Chancery, which handles many high-profile business disputes. "The longer the delay, the greater the risk."RELATED: Twitter sues to force Elon Musk to complete his $44B acquisitionTwitter had asked for an expedited trial in September, while Musk's team called for waiting until early next year because of the complexity of the case. McCormick said Musk's team underestimated the Delaware court's ability to "quickly process complex litigation."Twitter is trying to force the billionaire to make good on his April promise to buy the social media giant for $44 billion - and the company wants it to happen quickly because it says the ongoing dispute is harming its business.Musk, the world's richest man, pledged to pay $54.20 a share for Twitter, but...
    Elon Musk is set fire back at Twitter's lawsuit against him with a countersuit of his own in an attempt to put an end to his $44billion deal to by the social media behemoth.  Musk's legal team wants the Delaware Court of Chancery grant them extra time and ability to put together a case regarding fake accounts and 'bots' on Twitter, according to the New York Post.  This comes after Twitter on Monday accused Musk of trying to 'slow walk' the company's lawsuit to hold him to his takeover and urged a September trial to ensure deal financing remains in place, according to a court filing.  'Millions of Twitter shares trade daily under a cloud of Musk-created doubt,' the company wrote. 'No public company of this size and scale has ever had to bear these uncertainties.'  It's suggested that the longer this stays in the courts, the more it could hurt Twitter stock prices and the easier it would make it for Musk to get a friendlier buyout price.  Elon Musk is set fire back at Twitter's lawsuit against him...
    A judge has set a hearing for Twitter's request to fast-track a trial in its lawsuit against billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The social media giant is seeking to hold Musk, the world’s richest person, to his $44 billion deal with them. They launched their lawsuit after claiming that he wrongfully cancelled the buyout of the social media platform. Twitter say they need just four days to prove that he should be forced to honor his agreement.  The company hopes to start the non-jury trial on September 19, but legal experts have predicted the case will take two weeks to try.  Now Twitter is seeking a court judgement to force Musk to buy the company at $54.20 per share, as he agreed in the April 25 merger deal.  District Judge Kathaleen McCormick, the chancellor of Delaware's Court of Chancery, has set a 90-minute hearing beginning at 11am Wilmington. Alex Spiro, one of Musk’s lawyers in the case, didn’t immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.  The Tesla CEO backed out of the $44billion buyout, with the social media giant launching...
    Twitter's legal complaint accusing Elon Musk of violating his $44 billion takeover agreement includes an unusual exhibit: a tweet from the billionaire containing the poop emoji. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Delaware cites Musk's May 16 tweet, among others, as evidence that he publicly disparaged Twitter, in violation of the merger agreement, before he backed out of the deal entirely. Musk's tweet with the smiling poop emoji came in response to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who had sent several tweets explaining the company's procedures to combat spam and fake accounts, a battle Agrawal described as 'dynamic.' Last week, Musk said he was terminating the buyout deal over concerns about bots and fake accounts, and he responded to the lawsuit with a tweet explaining that his use of the colorful emoji was shorthand for 'BS', a common abbreviation for 'bulls**t.' Now Twitter is seeking a court judgement to force Musk to buy the company at $54.20 per share, as he agreed in the April 25 merger deal -- and many legal and financial experts believe the social media platform has...
    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said Tuesday it has sued Elon Musk to force him to complete the $44 billion acquisition of the social media company. Musk and Twitter have been bracing for a legal fight since the billionaire said Friday he was backing off of his April agreement to buy the company. The chair of Twitter’s board, Bret Taylor, tweeted Tuesday that the board has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery “to hold Elon Musk accountable to his contractual obligations.” Twitter’s lawsuit opens with a sharply-worded accusation that “Musk refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests.” “Having mounted a public spectacle to put Twitter in play, and having proposed and then signed a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes that he — unlike every other party subject to Delaware contract law — is free to change his mind, trash the company, disrupt its operations, destroy stockholder value, and walk away,” the suit says. The trial court in Delaware frequently handles business...
    Alex Berenson has filed a federal lawsuit against Twitter challenging his ban The independent journalist Alex Berenson has been reinstated to Twitter following an 11-month ban that saw him 'permanently banned'. Last December he filed a federal lawsuit against the social media platform claiming his first amendment rights had been violated.  In the lawsuit filed in District Court for Northern California, Berenson sought to be reinstated to Twitter and requested  unspecified monetary damages over his ban which which began last August.  'The parties have come to a mutually acceptable resolution. I have been reinstated. Twitter has acknowledged that my tweets should have not led to my suspension at that time,' Berenson wrote on his Substack page earlier this week.  'Twitter banned me after I got five strikes under its Covid-19 misinformation policy. Which meant I'd supposedly made 'claims of fact' that were 'demonstrably false or misleading' and 'likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm'. Now we come to find those tweets 'should not have led to my suspension'?' he wrote. 'All in the past, though! The lil bird...
    In this article TSLA TWTR Musk would have been appointed to Twitter's board on Saturday, but the world's richest man informed the company on the day that he would not, in fact, be taking the board seat.Andrew Burton | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesTwitter director Egon Durban won't leave the board, even though he offered to resign after shareholders voted to boot him from the position, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday. Twitter said its board believes Durban failed to receive shareholder support because of his director role on several other public company boards. Twitter noted Durban serves on the board of six other publicly traded companies, but said he agreed to reduce the number of public company boards he serves on to five by May 25, 2023. "While the Board does not believe that Mr. Durban's other public company directorships will become an impediment if such engagements were to continue, Mr. Durban's commitment to reduce his board service commitment to five public company boards by the Remediation Date appropriately addresses the concerns raised by stockholders with...
    Alex Berenson, the former New York Times journalist and COVID-19 vaccine sceptic, wants to use his lawsuit against Twitter to "shine a light" on the company's approach to content moderation and censorship. Berenson wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he spoke about an April 29 ruling by Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissing Twitter's attempt to toss Berenson's lawsuit against the company and how he hoped that it would allow him to share all documents discovered through his suit with the public. ELON MUSK PRAISES NETFLIX CRACKDOWN ON WOKE EMPLOYEES Alsup's ruling "offers the potential to shine a light on the so-far hidden connections among Twitter, federal agencies, and the White House as they tried to suppress dissent about Covid and the vaccines," Berenson argued. Berenson filed a lawsuit in December in the Nothern District of California, arguing the social media company violated his First Amendment rights and that Twitter had violated California's common carrier law when it banned Berenson from his...
    by Bethany Blankley   Florida is once again at the center of a Twitter war, this time by an Orlando pension fund attempting to slow its purchase after Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state was looking into ways it can potentially “hold accountable” Twitter’s board of directors. The city of Orlando’s Police Pension Fund filed a class action lawsuit May 6 in an attempt to block or slow the sale of Twitter. It argues Delaware law prevents billionaire Elon Musk from immediately purchasing Twitter because it alleges he’s “an invested stockholder.” The lawsuit could hold up Musk’s $44 billion approved purchase of Twitter until 2025 if a judge rules in the plaintiffs’ favor. The $734 million pension fund, the only plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court. Twitter, Inc., Parag Agrawal, Mimi Alemayehou, Jack Dorsey, Egon Durban, Martha Lane Fox, Omid Kordestani, Fei-Fei Li, Patrick Pichette, David Rosenblatt, Bret Taylor, Robert Zoellick, and Elon Musk are named as defendants. On April 25, Twitter agreed to Musk’s terms to purchase its entire stock at $54.20 a share in cash, valued...
    Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Federal Judge James Donato has dismissed former President Donald Trump‘s lawsuit against Twitter, stating that Trump’s suit failed “to plausibly state a claim.” Trump filed suit over Twitter’s decision to ban him from the platform following the Trump-incited Capitol insurrection, but Judge Donato — who was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by then-President Barack Obama in 2013 and confirmed by a 90 to 5 margin in 2014 — dismissed that suit this week: A judge dismissed a lawsuit former President Trump brought last year against Twitter and its then-CEO Jack Dorsey. The social media giant had sought to dismiss the suit, which Trump filed after Twitter banned him from its platform, for “failure to plausibly state a claim.” Trump, the American Conservative Union and five other people claimed Twitter violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment after it “censored” their accounts. U.S. District Judge for Northern California James Donato rejected their argument because Twitter is a private company, and the free speech clause in the...
    Trump's ban on Twitter later came into question when tech billionaire Elon Musk struck a deal to buy the social media account for about $44 billion. While many of the former president's followers called for Musk to lift his ban, Trump definitively claimed that he would not return to Twitter because he claims it's boring. He added that he would instead use his own social media platform called TRUTH social. "I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH," Trump told Fox News in April. Donato was nominated by former President Barack Obama. Here's more about the lawsuit: Trump announces lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter www.youtube.com
    Former President Donald TrumpTom Brenner | Reuters A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by former President Donald Trump seeking to lift his ban from Twitter. The social media giant had banned Trump, an avid user of the platform, in January 2021, citing the risk of the incitement of further violence on the heels of the Capitol riot by a mob of supporters of the then-president. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    By CURT ANDERSON | The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to get his Twitter account restored must be heard in a California court, not a Florida one, under a user agreement covering everyone on the social media platform, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami rejected Trump’s contention that because his Twitter account was suspended during his last days as president the California court requirement did not apply to him. The requirement, known as a forum selection clause, was in force when Trump originally joined Twitter as a private citizen in 2009, Scola wrote in his order issued Wednesday. “First, Trump’s former status as the president of the United States does not preclude the application of the forum selection clause. Second, the forum selection clause is valid and mandatory,” Scola wrote in a 13-page order. The decision means Trump’s lawsuit will be heard in a northern California federal court instead of in Miami. A similar lawsuit by Trump against YouTube has also been transferred from Florida to California, while yet...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to get his Twitter account restored must be heard in a California court, not a Florida one, under a user agreement covering everyone on the social media platform, a Miami federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami rejected Trump’s contention that because his Twitter account was suspended during his last days as president the California court requirement did not apply to him. READ MORE: Federal Judge Clears Class-Action Lawsuit Against Florida On Juvenile Solitary ConfinementThe requirement, known as a forum selection clause, was in force when Trump originally joined Twitter as a private citizen in 2009, Scola wrote in his order issued Wednesday. “First, Trump’s former status as the president of the United States does not preclude the application of the forum selection clause. Second, the forum selection clause is valid and mandatory,” Scola wrote in a 13-page order. The decision means Trump’s lawsuit will be heard in a northern California federal court instead of in Miami. A similar lawsuit by Trump against YouTube has also been transferred from...
    Twitter posted a net loss Tuesday due mostly to a lawsuit settlement, but its revenue rose sharply in the third quarter, boosted by solid ad sales around the globe. The San Francisco-based company said Tuesday that its net loss was $536.8 million, or 67 cents per share, in the July-September quarter. That’s down from a profit of $28.7 million, or 4 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. The loss included a one-time net charge of $766 million from a shareholder lawsuit the company settled. Twitter said last month that it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. Revenue rose 37% to $1.28 billion from $936.2 million. Analysts, on average, were expecting revenue of $1.29 billion, according to a poll by FactSet. Twitter said it had 211 million daily active users, on average, in the third quarter, up 13% from a year earlier. Analysts were expecting 211.5 million. Shares...
    Facebook filed a motion Monday to dismiss a revised Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit, arguing for a second time that the agency's claim that Facebook is a monopoly is incorrect because it has many competitors in the social media market. Biden-appointed FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan , a well-known anti-monopolist, filed an amended antitrust complaint against Facebook in August after the agency's first lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge in June. Facebook says in its motion that there is no factual basis for the claims that it has a monopoly power, that it doesn't maintain a monopoly power through unfair or exclusionary conduct, and that the FTC's new complaint has been incorrectly filed by Khan, who should be recused from the case due to her prior history of criticizing Facebook. The social media giant wants this second attempt to accuse Facebook of behaving like an illegal monopoly to be shot down like the first one. “The FTC’s fictional market ignores the competitive reality: Facebook competes vigorously with TikTok, iMessage, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube … The FTC cannot credibly...
    Trump's lawyers also claim that his Twitter ban also violates the Stop Social Media Censorship Act – a social media law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May. The law states, "All Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages." Additionally, social media companies are "prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates" or face fines of $250,000 per day. However, the law was blocked by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on June 30 – one day before it was set to go into effect. "The legislation now at issue was an effort to rein in social-media providers deemed too large and too liberal," Hinkle wrote in the 31-page order. "Balancing the exchange of ideas among private speakers is not a legitimate government interest." The DeSantis administration appealed the judge's decision and is waiting to see if the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will lift the injunction. Trump was banned from Twitter two days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco-based company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off by a judge, resolves all claims against it without Twitter admitting any wrongdoing. READ MORE: KPIX Original Report: SF Mission Bay Sidewalks Sinking But City Wont Fix Private Property The original lawsuit filed in 2016 by Twitter investor Doris Shenwick claimed that Twitter executives “knowingly made inaccurate public statements regarding these metrics, and failed to disclose internal information about them, resulting in an inflated share price that fell when the truth about user engagement became known.” The company said it plans to use cash on hand to pay the settlement in the fourth quarter of 2021. It expects to record a one-time charge as a result. According to the lawsuit, in 2014 Twitter executives said that the site’s monthly average user base was expected to...
                      by Ailan Evans  Twitter proposed an $800 million dollar settlement agreement to resolve all claims the company misled investors regarding its user and engagement data, the company announced Monday. Twitter submitted the agreement to the Northern California District Court to settle a class action lawsuit filed by shareholders in 2016, the social media platform announced in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday. If the settlement is approved by the court, Twitter will pay shareholders $809.5 million. Twitter declined the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for additional comment. The lawsuit alleged that Twitter executives, including CEO Jack Dorsey, issued false and misleading statements regarding user growth, user engagement, and the effect new product initiatives were having on key metrics like monthly active users, according to court documents. The complaint also alleged that Dorsey and other executives used these false statements to collect “hundreds of millions of dollars in insider profits.” Specifically, the lawsuit alleged Twitter was lying about the fact it was using daily active users, rather than timeline views, as the...
    Twitter said on Monday it would pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class-action lawsuit accusing the company of misleading shareholders about user engagement. The proposed settlement seeks to end a lawsuit initially filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 2016 by Twitter investor Doris Shenwick that claimed Twitter leadership — including CEO Jack Dorsey , former CEO Richard Costolo, and board member Evan Williams — knowingly deceived investors about the company's growth prospects. ELON MUSK TWEETS BIDEN IS 'SLEEPING' FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL SPACEX LAUNCH In a press release , Twitter said the company would make the deal "without any admission, concession or finding of any fault, liability or wrongdoing by the Company or any defendant." The defendants also deny all wrongdoing and improper actions. Under the proposed deal, Twitter will pay the sum from the cash on hand. Financial information released by the company for the second quarter of 2021, which ended June 30, showed Twitter had roughly 4.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents. The company also had...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off by a judge, resolves all claims against it without Twitter admitting any wrongdoing. The original lawsuit filed in 2016 by Twitter investor Doris Shenwick claimed that Twitter executives “knowingly made inaccurate public statements regarding these metrics, and failed to disclose internal information about them, resulting in an inflated share price that fell when the truth about user engagement became known.” The company said it plans to use cash on hand to pay the settlement in the fourth quarter of 2021. It expects to record a one-time charge as a result. According to the lawsuit, in 2014 Twitter executives said that the site’s monthly average user base was expected to increase significantly to “to over 550 million” in the intermediate term and “over a...
    Twitter proposed an $800 million dollar settlement agreement to resolve all claims the company misled investors regarding its user and engagement data, the company announced Monday. Twitter submitted the agreement to the Northern California District Court to settle a class action lawsuit filed by shareholders in 2016, the social media platform announced in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday. If the settlement is approved by the court, Twitter will pay shareholders $809.5 million. Twitter declined the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for additional comment. (RELATED: Twitter Enlists Users To Flag ‘Misleading’ Tweets As Part Of Misinformation Crackdown) Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election” on Capitol Hill on November 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Hannah McKay-Pool/Getty Images) The lawsuit alleged that Twitter executives, including CEO Jack Dorsey, issued false and misleading statements regarding user growth, user engagement, and the effect new product initiatives were having on key metrics like monthly active users, according to court documents. The complaint...
    Alex Berenson, the former New York Times reporter who became “the pandemic’s wrongest man,” suggested on Monday night that he would sue Twitter for banning his account for repeatedly violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. And Fox News host Tucker Carlson not only urged the self-professed “COVID contrarian” to “sue the crap” out of the social media site but he also offered to “fund” Berenson’s potential lawsuit. Over the weekend, Berenson was permanently suspended from Twitter after building up a massive following on the platform by peddling skepticism and misinformation about the virus, mitigation efforts, and the coronavirus vaccines. The ex-reporter turned spy novelist parlayed his COVID-19 trutherism into frequent Fox News appearances, book sales, and a rapidly growing Substack subscriber base. Following his Twitter ban, which a Twitter spokesperson said was for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules,” Berenson implied on his Substack page that he was weighing “legal options” against the tech giant. At the same time, he seemed unclear on what grounds he might sue Twitter. “A potential suit is complex and would cover - at...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for reelection as 'conservative, stalwart leader with a deep passion and respect for our U.S. Constitution.' In response to a lawsuit filed against him, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has agreed to stop violating the First Amendment rights of his critics. This comes after the embattled Republican has repeatedly presented himself as a strong defender of constitutional rights and free speech. In a joint stipulation filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday, Paxton said he would no longer block any Twitter users from seeing his personal @KenPaxtonTX account "based on First Amendment-protected viewpoints expressed." This promise was part of an agreement to end a lawsuit filed against him in April by the ACLU of Texas and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of people Paxton had blocked from his feed after they criticized him. According to a Knight First Amendment Institute press release on Monday, Paxton frequently uses the Twitter account for postings...
    Donald Trump went after Big Tech again on Sunday when he claimed Facebook and Twitter are 'not immune' from his lawsuit against them. 'They're immune from so many different things, but they're not immune from this lawsuit because what they've done is such a violation of the Constitution,' Trump told Fox News in a Sunday morning phone interview. 'A violation like we've never seen before.' The ex-president railed against Section 230 protections, which provides immunities for social media platforms from being held responsible for what their users post. 'They're getting the biggest subsidy that any company has ever gotten from a government,' Trump said of the protection in the Communications Decency Act. Trump announced at a press conference on Wednesday his lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube, along with their CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai. He demanded at the New Jersey press conference that his accounts be reinstated. The suit claims that Trump and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. Donald Trump railed against social media on Fox News Sunday morning, claiming: 'They're immune from...
    China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday relayed a mocking “warm welcome” from Chinese social media users to former U.S. President Donald Trump, inviting him to join China’s heavily-censored Weibo microblogging platform now that he has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Twitter. Trump filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their respective CEOs over their censorship practices on Wednesday. Trump and his colitigants, the America First Policy Institute, invited Americans who have been deplatformed by big tech to join the case. The Global Times observed that Trump is enormously popular on Weibo. Trump-related topics trended on Weibo over twice as often as any other public figure in 2020, and he is the only foreigner to appear on Weibo’s annual list of the most popular people – a list usually dominated by Chinese entertainers. A Shanghai newspaper studied Internet search data in January 2021 and found Trump’s name was the most searched-for term in Chinese social media. The news of Trump’s lawsuit against Big Tech quickly racked up 40 million views on Weibo. “Trending individuals on Weibo came only...
    Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google. 'Guys my dad is suing big tech!!!' Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram, an alternative social media platform. He added: 'you can click to link to donate to his PAC to help out!!!' The link directs supporters to a joint fundraising page for the Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC, which asks potential donors: 'Will you stand with President Trump and support him in this fight?' Trump Jr's fundraising appeal was largely met with supportive comments on his Telegram channel, with many vowing to donate and questions about how to join the class-action suit.  Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram asking for donations to his dad's PAC RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next No last minute nerves? Smiling Jeff Bezos arrives in...
                        The founder of CloutHub, a free speech social media network, has responded to former President Donald J. Trump’s class action lawsuit against several Silicon Valley titans, which the forty-fifth president announced Wednesday. “I am pleased that President Trump is fighting back against Big Tech corporations after enduring months of blatant injustices,” Jeff Brain said in press release. “His lawsuit is based on the infringement of his fundamental free speech rights that powerful companies such as Facebook and Twitter imposed based on their own political bias; a bias that has no place with such important keepers of our national public square online.” “Regrettably, the harmful behavior of these mainstream social media platforms has had an irreversible ripple effect on our society. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have done everything in their power to silence public discourse, for instance, on topics including election integrity, the COVID-19 lab leak theory, and more – even when some online discussions have been led by distinguished legal scholars and experts,” he continued. Calling...
    FORMER President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against three of the country's largest tech companies, claiming he and fellow conservatives have been wrongly censored. The class-action suit, filed on Wednesday, takes aim at Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube – as well as Former First Lady Michelle Obama. 6Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuits against three of the country's largest tech companiesCredit: AP 6The suits also took aim at Former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to reportsCredit: Alamy The suit reportedly claims Obama pressured Facebook into banning Trump from the platform, thereby making it more difficult for him to run for president in 2024, according to Newsweek. However, legal experts were quick to criticize the claims, saying they had little chance of succeeding in court. Trump's accounts have been suspended from the three platforms since January, when his followers stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential success. Following the January 6 riots, Michelle Obama released a statement which said it was "time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this...
    Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday is set to announce a lawsuit against Facebook Google and Twitter, as well as their respective CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey, sources familiar with the plans told CNBC. Trump, who has a history of threatening legal action but not always following through, is scheduled to make an announcement at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, alongside two leaders from America First Policy Institute, the pro-Trump nonprofit group that is supporting the lawsuits. The action against Facebook and Twitter, first reported by Axios, will be unveiled just over a month after Facebook decided to uphold Trump's ban from using the platform until at least January 2023. Trump will also say he is suing Google. Twitter, Trump's preferred social media outlet throughout his one term in office, permanently banned him on the heels of the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. A spokesman for Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request...
    A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit Twitter had filed against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in which the social media giant had attempted to block his investigation attempts. Twitter sued Paxton in March after the Texas Republican asked the company to divulge documents related to its banning procedures. The company claimed in response that Paxton was seeking to "punish Twitter" for banning former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 riot inside the Capitol building But Judge Maxine Chesney on Tuesday sided with Paxton, calling Twitter's lawsuit "premature." Chesney added that Twitter's First Amendment claims of protection against investigation were "unpersuasive," especially since Paxton had not in any way penalized the company. TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL UNBLOCKS TWITTER CRITICS WHO SUED HIM The company was one of five social media outlets that Paxton subjected to investigation after the Jan. 6 riot, which came after a rally that Paxton had attended, which was also attended by Trump. A week after the incident, Paxton criticized these platforms for banning Trump, along with many other accounts that were purged in the riot's...
    Project Veritas confronted CNN anchor Ana Cabrera after the right-wing guerilla news outlet filed a defamation lawsuit against the network over remarks she made on-air.  "Ms. Cabrera?" a Project Veritas journalist began the exchange in a video released Tuesday. "Yeah?" the anchor responded.  "I'm a journalist with Project Veritas," he continued. "On February 11, you tweeted-" "Excuse me," Cabrera cut him off as she walked towards her car.  JAMES O'KEEFE SUES CNN FOR DEFAMATION AFTER ANCHOR CLAIMED TWITTER BANNED PROJECT VERITAS FOR 'MISINFORMATION' He then grilled Cabrera over her claim she made back in February that Project Veritas was permanently suspended from Twitter for "spreading misinformation" despite acknowledging on Twitter days prior that the group was suspended over an alleged violation of the company's private information policy.  "Why did you broadcast something you knew was false?" the Project Veritas journalist asked.  The Project Veritas journalist then appeared to recruit her as part of the group's #ExposeCNN campaign.  "Would you like to wear a wire?" he asked. "Ms. Cabrera, would you like to be a whistleblower for CNN, wear a wire on the inside...
    The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis  is now being brutally mocked on Twitter after threatening legal action against the creator of a fake tweet screenshot claiming he tweeted “mommy milky,” On Friday night, Davis told Mediaite the fake tweet was “100% fake” and plans to take legal action against the deceptive screenshot creator in addition to any blue checkmark Twitter users who shared the dubious tweet. “100% fake, and he should probably find himself a good defamation attorney ASAP, because I need a new truck, and I’d love nothing more than for him to pay for it for deliberately and maliciously fabricating statements I never made and attributing them to me,” Davis told Mediaite. Subsequently, following his Friday night talk of litigation, The Federalist co-founder was brutally mocked by lawyers on Twitter who say the legal threat is just a bunch of noise. First Amendment lawyer Ari Cohn wrote, “Anyone threatened with a lawsuit by Sean should reach out,” to which the popular Twitter legal personality “Respectable Lawyer” responded: “with the anti-slapp fees you could buy a truck or a boat or a...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that a lawsuit by Twitter won't deter his office from investigating the content moderation practices of the social media giant and four other major technology companies. Twitter sued the Republican official this week in an effort to halt his probe, which the company claimed was retaliation for banning the account of former President Donald Trump following the deadly January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Days after the riot, Paxton announced an investigation of what he called “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President.” His office demanded a variety of records and internal communications from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple. On Monday, Twitter asked a federal judge in California to effectively stop the probe and affirm that its decision to ban Trump was protected by the First Amendment. Paxton responded Wednesday that “most of the companies have cooperated” and called Twitter's suit “remarkable.” “Apparently they have some fear of disclosing what they’re actually doing if they’re asking a California judge to rule on Texas law,”...
    DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that a lawsuit by Twitter won’t deter his office from investigating the content moderation practices of the social media giant and four other major technology companies. Twitter sued the Republican official this week in an effort to halt his probe, which the company claimed was retaliation for banning the account of former President Donald Trump following the deadly January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Days after the riot, Paxton announced an investigation of what he called “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President.” His office demanded a variety of records and internal communications from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple. On Monday, Twitter asked a federal judge in California to effectively stop the probe and affirm that its decision to ban Trump was protected by the First Amendment. Paxton responded Wednesday that “most of the companies have cooperated” and called Twitter’s suit “remarkable.” “Apparently they have some fear of disclosing what they’re actually doing if they’re asking a California judge to rule on Texas law,” he said during an...
    Twitter was sued for allegedly refusing to remove child pornography from its website, court documents filed Wednesday show. When the plaintiff, who is a minor referred to only as John Doe, was 13 – 14 years old, he was manipulated into sending sexually explicit images to human traffickers who pretended to be a 16-year-old girl who went to his school, according to the lawsuit. The traffickers then began blackmailing Doe into sending more explicit photos and videos, telling him that if he did not send the material, they would show the photos he had already sent to his parents, coach, pastors, and others in the community. In 2019, the videos that John Doe had sent were posted on Twitter, according to the complaint. One person reported an account that had posted the videos to Twitter in December of 2019, but Twitter allegedly did not take any action against the account. (RELATED: Twitter Says It Purged Over 70,000 Accounts) In January of 2019, Doe discovered that the videos he had sent were posted on Twitter and that his peers had seen...
    A lawsuit filed on Wednesday accused Twitter of refusing to remove child pornography from its platform, The New York Post reported. According to the suit, the social media platform hosted a video of a teenage sex trafficking victim who at the time resided in the Northern District of California. The video, which showed a 13-year-old engaged in sex acts, was reportedly deemed by Twitter to not be in violation of the company’s policies. The lawsuit alleges that the teen — identified as John Doe — was tricked into sending sex traffickers nude photos via Snapchat. The images were then used to blackmail the teen into sending more sexually explicit photos. “Doe, acting under duress, initially complied and sent videos of himself performing sex acts and was also told to include another child in his videos, which he did, the suit claims,” The New York Post claimed. When the explicit material ended up on Twitter, the platform reportedly failed to do anything about it until a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent got involved with the case, Breitbart reported. Before the...
    Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images Twitter used child pornography to profit and refused to take it down until the Department of Homeland Security became involved, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit, filed by an unnamed 17-year-old teen and his mother in the Northern District of California, claims the website was used to circulate child sexual abuse material (CSAM) featuring the teen when he was as young as 13 — along with other victims. The company purportedly refused to take the content down, telling the complainants in January 2020, “If you believe there’s a potential copyright infringement, please start a new report.” “What do you mean you don’t see a problem?” the teen replied. “We both are minors right now and were minors at the time these videos were taken. We both were 13 years of age. We were baited, harassed, and threatened to take these videos that are now being posted without our permission. We did not authorize these videos AT ALL and they need to be taken down.” Twitter took the content down, according to the lawsuit, only after...
    More On: sex trafficking Former first-grade teacher pleads guilty to sex trafficking Seoul court orders Japan to compensate twelve Korean WWII sex slaves Professor accused of raping student is indicted on sex crimes Jeffrey Epstein’s modeling agent pal detained in Paris Twitter refused to take down widely shared pornographic images and videos of a teenage sex trafficking victim because an investigation “didn’t find a violation” of the company’s “policies,” a scathing lawsuit alleges. The federal suit, filed Wednesday by the victim and his mother in the Northern District of California, alleges Twitter made money off of the clips, which showed a 13-year-old engaged in sex acts and are a form of child sexual abuse material, or child porn, the suit states.  The teen — who is now 17 and lives in Florida — is identified only as John Doe and was between 13 and 14 years-old when sex traffickers, posing as a 16-year-old female classmate, started chatting with him on Snapchat, the suit alleges. Doe and the traffickers allegedly exchanged nude photos before the conversation turned to blackmail —...
    The banning of the conservative-friendly social media platform Parler was not only "chilling," but poses a "very serious threat" to democracy, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declared Thursday. In an interview on Fox Business "Mornings With Maria," Navarro called the Big Tech ban "a classic collusive oligopoly, a kind of new wine in an old bottle." "What we saw with this attack on Parler was chilling to me," he said. "Its one thing to deplatform everybody for free speech. But, this was a pincer move where Google and Apple, [the] first part of the pincer, was to not allow Parler apps to be down." Navarro said Amazon came in for the "brutal kill by taking the cloud away" from a "small company," so it no longer had access to its data. "Effectively, Amazon wiped out that company," he said. Parler has filed a lawsuit against Amazon following Amazon Web Services decision to suspend it from its cloud hosting service following last weeks deadly riot at the Capitol. Navarro said he thinks Parler has a "heck of a lawsuit for...
    The banning of the conservative-friendly social media platform Parler was not only “chilling,” but poses a “very serious threat” to democracy, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declared Thursday. In an interview on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria,” Navarro called the Big Tech ban “a classic collusive oligopoly, a kind of new wine in an old bottle.” “What we saw with this attack on Parler was chilling to me,” he said. “It’s one thing to deplatform everybody for free speech. But, this was a pincer move where Google and Apple, [the] first part of the pincer, was to not allow Parler apps to be down." Navarro said Amazon came in for the "brutal kill by taking the cloud away” from a “small company” so it no longer had access to its data. "Effectively, Amazon wiped out that company," he said. Parler has filed a lawsuit against Amazon following Amazon Web Services decision to suspend it from its cloud hosting service following last weeks deadly riot at the Capitol. Navarro said he thinks Parler has a "heck of a lawsuit for damages — and that Congress needs...
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