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              Twitter suspended Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from her personal account temporarily on Sunday. The suspension occurred shortly after Greene posted allegations that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Gabriel Sterling were to blame for potential voter fraud. Greene issued a fiery response to Sterling’s tweet which claimed that Greene, Doug Collins, and President Donald Trump were to blame for a significant drop-off in Republican turnout. Just over 270,000 less Republicans voted in the runoff elections, as compared to nearly 166,000 less Democrats. Contrary to Sterling’s claim, Greene stated that Sterling and the entirety of the Secretary of State’s office were to blame. She also claimed that the November 3rd election was stolen, in part due to the increase in absentee ballots. “When hundreds of people are signing affidavits at risk of perjuring themselves in a court of law with a penalty of going to jail, all to report election fraud, Georgia state leaders should have listened,” wrote Greene. “These people had everything to lose if...
    President Donald Trump’s family and aides reportedly could potentially face suspension from Twitter if they use their accounts to get around a ban on Trump from the social media platform. In booting the president off Twitter after the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege by Trump supporters, officials said his posts could pose "the risk of further incitement of violence." Trump has since communicated through official White House communications and speeches. But Newsweek reported Thursday the president’s adult children and aides, who still have active Twitter accounts, also will need to be cautious. "If we have a reason to believe hes using other accounts for the purposes of evading the suspension, the accounts could face permanent suspension under our ban evasion policy," a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek. The policy is publicly available and was last updated in October 2020, according to Twitter. It is clear about attempts by other account holders to get around a suspension. "If an account has been permanently suspended for severe violations of the Twitter Rules, Twitter reserves the right to also permanently suspend any other account...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. has asked a federal judge to deny a request to reinstate the cloud-service account for conservative social media network Parler, claiming Parler shrugged off police violence content on its site before and after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Amazon’s lawyers made the claim on Tuesday, a day after Parler on Monday filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming a breach of contract and antitrust violation after its account was suspended and effectively removed from the internet, The Seattle Times reported. The lawsuit claims Amazon colluded with Twitter to “kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” the complaint said. Amazon’s attorneys, Ambika Doran and Alonzo Wickers, said there was no merit to Parler’s claims and that the case centered on Parler’s “demonstrated unwillingness” to remove content that threatens public safety. Amazon argued that the lack of content moderation led to a “steady increase” in violent content, a violation of its terms of service. Amazon said Parler contracted with the company in 2018 and agreed not to host harmful content....
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. has asked a federal judge to deny a request to reinstate the cloud-service account for conservative social media network Parler, claiming Parler shrugged off police violence content on its site before and after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Amazon’s lawyers made the claim on Tuesday, a day after Parler on Monday filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming a breach of contract and antitrust violation after its account was suspended and effectively removed from the internet, The Seattle Times reported. The lawsuit claims Amazon colluded with Twitter to “kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” the complaint said. Amazon’s attorneys, Ambika Doran and Alonzo Wickers, said there was no merit to Parler’s claims and that the case centered on Parler’s “demonstrated unwillingness” to remove content that threatens public safety. Amazon argued that the lack of content moderation led to a “steady increase” in violent content, a violation of its terms of service. Amazon said Parler contracted with the company in 2018 and agreed not to host...
    TWITTER has suspended more than 70,000 accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump's followers. The social media giant revealed it began its huge purge shortly after it had permanently suspended the president's account for language it deemed could incite more violence. 6Twitter has suspended more than 70,000 accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theoryCredit: AFP or licensors 6The purge began shortly after it had permanently suspended President Trump's accountCredit: Getty Images - Getty The news came as Facebook announced it is to begin removing all content which mentions the phrase "stop the steal" - a much-loved mantra with MAGA supporters looking to overturn Joe Biden's election victory. "Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts," Twitter said in a blog post. "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 also cited an...
    Twitter has removed more than 70,000 accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory in its latest crackdown and effort to distance itself from the violent content. Twitter announced the sweep of suspensions on Monday saying it removed the accounts since Friday in the wake of last week's protest at the US Capitol. It comes after social media platform permanently banned President Donald Trump from its service last week 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence' after Wednesday’s Capitol siege. Facebook also locked Trump’s account. Twitter said it cracked down on posts that have 'the potential to lead to offline harm' in its QAnon suspensions. The app said they found some users operated multiple QAnon accounts. Twitter has removed more than 70,000 accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory in its latest crackdown and effort to distance itself from the violent content. File image of QAnon activists outside the Fox News headquarters in Manhattan in November Twitter announced the sweep of suspensions on Monday saying it removed the accounts since Friday in the wake of last week's...
    Twitter CEO and Co Founder, Jack Dorsey addresses students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on November 12, 2018 in New Delhi, India.Amal KS | Hindustan Times | Getty Images Twitter on Monday evening announced that is has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. "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," the company said in a blog post. The suspensions come after the company on Friday said that it would permanently remove accounts sharing QAnon content. The company on Friday suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump. The company's shares closed down more than 6% on Monday. It was the first trading session since Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump's account. Twitter's announcement comes as social media companies step up their efforts to rid their services of content that could lead to violence like the events of the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol. Earlier on Monday Facebook said...
    After Twitter suspended President Donald Trump’s account and some other Trump team accounts, people noticed that Rush Limbaugh‘s account was down. Unlike the other accounts that Twitter confirmed it suspended, the message on Limbaugh’s profile read, “This account doesn’t exist,” so there was some confusion as to what happened. Twitter told reporters that Limbaugh was not suspended and that his account was deactivated: Twitter SPOX: "I would like to correct that He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account." Deleted previous tweet. pic.twitter.com/30agl2Aqbl — Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) January 9, 2021 A Twitter spokesperson tells me, re: Rush Limbaugh: "He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account." — Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) January 9, 2021 Limbaugh reportedly deactivating his account came on the heels of other high-profile Trump supporters railing against the bans of the president. Mark Levin said he’s leaving Twitter “in protest against Twitter’s fascism.” Some prominent Trump supporters have been pushing Parler as an alternative for months. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Donald Trump made what appeared to be a failed attempt to evade his permanent ban from Twitter, and in doing so may have sunk his campaign’s account as well. On Friday, the social media company announced that it had permanently banned Trump for multiple rules violations. The action came days after the president was accused of encouraging violence at a rally where he continued to press unfounded claims of voter fraud. After Trump encouraged the crowd to march to the U.S. Capitol, a large group of them surrounded and stormed the building in a siege that left five people dead, including a police officer who was reportedly bludgeoned. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement, via CNN. “In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.” Not long after the...
    Twitter has suspended numerous accounts for harmful activity, a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Friday. The social media website began cracking down on Twitter activity after rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the United States capitol, committing acts of vandalism and postponing the certification process as members of Congress were forced to evacuate the building. (RELATED: Five People Died In The Capitol Riot. Here’s What We Know About Them) Conservative Twitter users began to voice complaints that their accounts were losing large quantities of followers beginning Wednesday. By Friday evening, numerous large Twitter accounts had posted saying they had lost several thousand followers. “It’s clear that Twitter is wiping out conservative accounts,” Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh tweeted. “That’s why your follower counts are going down. This is the biggest purge we’ve seen, and not the last.” Just to add to the chorus, I’ve lost about 5,000 followers. It’s clear that Twitter is wiping out conservative accounts. That’s why your follower counts are going down. This is the biggest purge we’ve seen, and not the last. —...
    Twitter has suspended the accounts of Donald Trump's former election fraud lawyer Sidney Powell, his former National Security advisor Mike Flynn, and the founder of 8Chan - now known as 8kun - for promoting conspiracy theories. The announcements came shortly before they suspended the account of the president himself.   'After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,' Twitter said.  The moves come as Twitter is becoming increasingly aggressive in policing its platform, forcing those in the line of fire to switch to Parler, which is not moderated.  Apple is reportedly now mulling removing Parler from the app store, owing to the inflammatory content circulating on the platform.  Sidney Powell, who served on Trump's legal team for just over a week, has been banned Michael Flynn, Trump's former National Security Advisor, has also been banned Ron Watkins, who founded 8Chan - now known as 8kun - has also been banned from Twitter Trump was suspended for...
    Twitter has permanently suspended the accounts of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, accrding to NBC News. Ron Watkins, the administrator of the website 8kun – formerly known as 8chan – was also banned, NBC News reported. General Flynn and Sidney Powell’s Twitter accounts have been permanently suspended as part of Twitter’s crackdown on QAnon accounts and accounts that engage in coordinated harmful activity. pic.twitter.com/TptbGsAKvX — Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) January 8, 2021 “The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content.” Sidney Powell has filed several lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election, claiming that there was mass voter fraud. Twitter also recently suspended the account of...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely via videoconference in this screengrab made from video during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election,? on Facebook and Twitter's content moderation practices, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 17, 2020.Reuters Twitter on Friday announced that it would permanently suspend accounts dedicated to sharing content related to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. As part of this purge, the company suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump. "The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity," the company said in a statement to NBC News. "We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content." Flynn and Powell are active in the QAnon community. Twitter also suspended the account of Ron Watkins, who...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In a tweet this weekend, the Employment Development Department announced it was suspending an unspecified number of accounts in an effort to weed out fraud, blindsiding many who say they are actually unemployed and have no way to prove their identity or unemployment. The EDD suspended unemployment payments on claims it considered  “high risk,” alluding to “more details” in the days ahead, but did not say how or when people will be able to verify their identities and regain access to their benefits. As part of ongoing efforts to fight fraud, EDD has suspended payment on claims considered high risk and is informing those affected that their identity will need to be verified starting this week before payments can resume. More details on the EDD website in the days ahead. — EDD (@CA_EDD) January 3, 2021   Some received notices from EDD first, promising answers by Wednesday then, Friday. But so far there has been no press release, not even a mention online, as many struggle to survive amid the lockdowns and the EDD backlog continues...
    Twitter has suspended multiple accounts for Angel Families, those whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens, days after the November 3 presidential election. Twitter blacklisted the accounts for Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza as well as three accounts that represent Angel Families — including the Angel Families organization and the Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC). Mendoza, whose son Brandon Mendoza was killed by an illegal alien in 2014, told Breitbart News that her Twitter account was suspended without any explanation as to why. Likewise, her accounts for her Angel Families organization were suspended as well. Angel Mom Sabine Durden, whose 30-year-old son Dominic was killed by an illegal alien in 2012, told Breitbart News that the Twitter account for AVIAC was suspended with an explanation. Durden said the AVIAC account had not changed any of its usual post sharing practices when the suspension occurred. (Screenshot via Twitter) (Screenshot via Twitter) (Screenshot via Twitter) (Screenshot via Twitter) Last year, Twitter suspended Mary Ann Mendoza’s account because of her posts raising awareness of the dangers of illegal immigration. Mendoza was forced to...
    Twitter suspended a fake account masquerading as the Associated Press on Friday. The account sent out a tweet announcing Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE as the winner of the 2020 presidential election before it was disbanded. The account, @APMyWrist garnered hundreds of likes and retweets on the post before it the social media giant shut it down. Ken Sweet, a real reporter for the AP, urged his followers to stay up to date on the election by following the legitimate account for the Associated Press. Fake @AP accounts are saying we called the election for Biden. We have not. Follow @AP_Politics— Ken Sweet (@kensweet) November 6, 2020 "Fake @AP accounts are saying we called the election for Biden. We have not. Follow @AP_Politics," he wrote. The election has not yet been called for either candidate as more ballots are continuing to be counted. Amid misinformation that has been circulating during this year's election, the...
    Reuters November 3, 2020 0 Comments Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc on Tuesday suspended several recently created and mostly right-leaning news accounts posting information about voting in the hotly contested U.S. election for violating their policies. Twitter said the accounts had been suspended for violating its policy against “coordination” by posting identical content while appearing independent or engaging in other covertly automated behavior. One of those suspended, SVNewsAlerts, had more than 78,000 Twitter followers, after adding more than 10,000 in the past week. The account frequently warned of election-related unrest and highlighted issues with voting safety and reliability. It pointed to fraud claims about Democrats and called attention to Republican President Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches. In fact, few if any major disruptions were reported at polling sites on Tuesday as civil liberties groups and law enforcement were on high alert for any interference with voters. Other accounts suspended by Twitter included FJNewsReporter, Crisis_Intel and Faytuks. Some of the accounts in the past suggested that readers follow the others. Facebook also suspended several accounts behind U.S.-based pages called SV...
    Russian government-backed social media accounts nurtured the QAnon conspiracy theory in its infancy, earlier than previously reported, according to interviews with current and former Twitter executives and archives of tweets from suspended accounts. Researchers said in August that the archives showed Russian accounts had helped spread QAnon in volume beginning in December 2017, reut.rs/2TFWoWc, but that team did not examine the history of specific QAnon promoters. bit.ly/2HTReUh A more granular review by Reuters shows Russian accounts began amplifying the movement as it started, early in the previous month. From November 2017 on, QAnon was the single most frequent hashtag tweeted by accounts that Twitter has since identified as Russian-backed, a Reuters analysis of the archive shows, with the term used some 17,000 times. The archives contain more than 4,000 accounts that Twitter suspended for spreading Russian government disinformation in 2018 and 2019 but preserved for researchers. The trove shows that some of the Russian accounts tweeted about QAnon’s most important popularizer even before the anonymous figure known as Q emerged, then rewarded her with more promotion when she put...
    By Joseph Menn (Reuters) - Russian government-backed social media accounts nurtured the QAnon conspiracy theory in its infancy, earlier than previously reported, according to interviews with current and former Twitter executives and archives of tweets from suspended accounts. Researchers said in August that the archives showed Russian accounts had helped spread QAnon in volume beginning in December 2017, https://reut.rs/2TFWoWc, but that team did not examine the history of specific QAnon promoters. https://bit.ly/2HTReUh A more granular review by Reuters shows Russian accounts began amplifying the movement as it started, early in the previous month. From November 2017 on, QAnon was the single most frequent hashtag tweeted by accounts that Twitter has since identified as Russian-backed, a Reuters analysis of the archive shows, with the term used some 17,000 times. The archives contain more than 4,000 accounts that Twitter suspended for spreading Russian government disinformation in 2018 and 2019 but preserved for researchers. The trove shows that some of the Russian accounts tweeted about QAnon's most important popularizer even before the anonymous figure known as Q emerged, then rewarded her with more...
    The Iranians trolls who disguised themselves as Proud Boys fans in an attempt to intimidate voters were linked to a disinformation campaign that targeted Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to Facebook. In a press conference on Tuesday, Facebook announced that it took down a handful of accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a tip from the FBI about Iranian election-related meddling. The tip followed an announcement by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that U.S. intelligence had found Iran was behind emails sent to Democratic voters in Florida and Alaska threatening that “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you.” The company says an initial investigation following the tipoff led it to a single account created in October 2020 that “attempted to seed false claims and unsubstantiated election related threats” as part of an election influence plot that relied mostly on email. Further investigation by Facebook led the company to discover more accounts and pages that were dormant but had been used to spread false claims about Israel...
    (CNN)Twitter has recently suspended a slew of fake accounts pretending to be Black supporters of President Donald Trump. Many have tweeted this identical phrase: "YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP."A Twitter spokesperson told CNN the accounts violated rules against platform manipulation and spam, which ban users from tweeting to "artificially amplify or suppress information," among other activities. It's not clear who's creating these accounts or their intended purpose, CNN senior business writer Donie O'Sullivan, whose coverage includes technology and politics, told Don Lemon on Tuesday. The number of accounts also was unclear -- CNN reached out to Twitter to confirm the number and is waiting to hear back.But the fake accounts are the latest attempt at misinformation related to the 2020 presidential election -- this time -- in the form of fake Trump supporters.A fake account was using a real man's imageRead MoreOne of the suspended accounts belonged to a user named "Gary Ray," who described himself as "probably the best meat eater in the world." The account was slim on personal details. His location was set to...
    Twitter has suspended a number of fake accounts purporting to be owned by black supporters of US President Donald Trump. The social media giant said the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation. Many of the accounts used identical language, including the phrase: "YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!" Twitter has not specified the number of accounts suspended so far or the source of them. It said it was continuing to investigate the activity and may suspend additional accounts if they were found to be violating its policies. The investigation was first reported by the Washington Post newspaper. Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University, found more than two dozen such accounts, which had generated some 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. A really simple guide to the US election Why we might have to wait for the US election results How is Donald Trump doing in the polls? Some of the accounts used photos of black men that had appeared in news articles. Several had tens of thousands of followers....
    Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation. "Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation," a spokeswoman for the social media company said. A review by Reuters of some of the suspended accounts showed they often used images of real people that did not match their names and posted identical language in their messages, including the phrase: "YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!" The accounts sometimes claimed to be owned by military veterans or members of law enforcement. Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University who said he had been tracking the accounts since Saturday, found more than two dozen accounts that collectively had 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. He said the accounts ranged in size but some had attracted tens of thousands of...
    Photograph: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters Twitter has suspended a network of accounts claiming to be owned by Black supporters of Donald Trump and his re-election campaign due to spam and platform manipulation, it said Tuesday. The company is investigating the activity and may suspend additional similar accounts if they are found to be violating its policies, a spokesperson said. The Washington Post first reported on the investigation, citing more than a dozen accounts using identical, inauthentic language including the phrase: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” A review of some of the suspended accounts shows they often used stolen images to appear real. The accounts sometimes claimed to be owned by military veterans or members of law enforcement. Related: Michigan terror plot: why rightwing extremists are thriving on Facebook This is not the first time Twitter has had to address a spam operation claiming to be led by Black voters. NBC News also reported spam operations from fake accounts posing as Black Trump supporters in August. Some accounts were able to attract thousands of followers before they were suspended....
    Reuters October 13, 2020 0 Comments Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation. “Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” a spokeswoman for the social media company said. A review by Reuters of some of the suspended accounts showed they often used images of real people that did not match their names and posted identical language in their messages, including the phrase: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” The accounts sometimes claimed to be owned by military veterans or members of law enforcement. Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University who said he had been tracking the accounts since Saturday, found more than two dozen accounts that collectively had 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. He said the accounts ranged in size but...
    By Jack Stubbs | Reuters Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation. “Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” said a spokeswoman for the social media company. Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University who said he had been tracking the accounts since Saturday, found more than two dozen accounts which had collectively had 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. He said the accounts ranged in size but some had gained tens of thousands of followers. A review of some of the suspended accounts showed they often used images of real people that did not match their name and posted identical language in their messages, including the phrase: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” Some had attracted thousands of followers before they were...
    Twitter said on Friday that it will delete tweets hoping for the death of President Trump. The social media platform has previously expressed that any post "that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual" is not permissible on its site. The policy would apply to posts about the president, the company told Motherboard on Friday. Twitter said that in some cases, users may even have their accounts suspended for publishing content that violates this rule. When asked for more specifics about circumstances under which accounts would be suspended, Twitter referred the Washington Examiner to a page on its website that states, "When determining the penalty for violating this policy, we consider a number of factors including, but not limited to, the severity of the violation and an individual’s previous record of rule violations." Early on Friday morning, news spread that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. While most of the responses to the president's illness have been supportive, some notable ones haven't been. Ex-Obama staffer Zara...
    Facebook suspended the accounts of more than 200 people on September 19th who were connected to an event protesting the construction of the contested Coastal GasLink pipeline. The suspension shows how vulnerable activists are to the actions of social media platforms in the midst of a pandemic, when protesting in person comes with more risk than usual. Indigenous activists have opposed the pipeline’s construction, which would cut through the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s territory if built. The suspensions curbed one of the few outlets left on which activists can protest while socially distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It left some scrambling to communicate without Facebook messenger, and it has Wet’suwet’en activists rethinking how effectively they can push back against pipeline developers over social media. Wet’suwet’en activists and supporters say they might move future actions away from Facebook now that they’ve been spooked. They’re concerned about being surveilled on Facebook for their activism and worry about Facebook suspending accounts again. A screenshot of a notice that one of the activists received when their account was...
    Facebook has suspended accounts for multiple environment organizations despite launching a program pledging to stop climate change misinformation less than a week ago, The Guardian reported. This past weekend, Greenpeace USA, Rainforest Action Network and Climate Hawks Vote, along with other groups were prevented from posting or sending messages on Facebook. Activists say hundreds of other individual accounts linked to indigenous, climate and social justice groups were also suspended for an alleged "intellectual property rights violation." "Our systems mistakenly removed these accounts and content. They have since been restored and weve lifted any limits imposed on identified profiles," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. During a Facebook event in 2019, the suspended groups all protested U.S. investment firm KKR & Co for supporting the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The 670km-long gas line is being built in northern British Columbia, Canada. "Videos of extreme violence, alt-right views and calls for violence by militias in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are allowed to persist on Facebook," Delee Nikal, a Wetsuweten community member. "Yet we are banned and receive threats for permanent removal, for posting an...
    A Twitter account that recently tweeted a cartoon of a dinosaur saying “Fuck Joe Kennedy” that was highlighted by the congressman’s Senate campaign has been suspended by Twitter for violating the company’s “platform manipulation and spam” policy. Hide The @cursingdinosaur account’s cartoon was put in an email by Rep. Joe Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) Senate campaign where it asked incumbent Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to denounce vitriolic tweets directed at the congressman and the campaign. Hide However, the inclusion of the innocuous “Fuck Joe Kennedy” cartoon dinosaur amid much more vitriolic tweets—including ones referencing assassinations of Kennedy family members—sparked a wave of mockery from people online. During the campaign, Markey has amassed a large amount of support on Twitter and TikTok. The @cursingdinosaur cartoon has been shared on Twitter hundreds of times since being included in the Kennedy campaign’s email. It has also been made into merch by the creator. @cursingdinosaur/Twitter Hide On Wednesday, Twitter users started to notice that the @cursingdinosaur account was suspended. The account’s page currently says that the account is suspended and that “Twitter...
    Twitter reinstated the account for the Young Conservatives of Texas organization following a two-day suspension. Twitter claims that the account was suspended by a “spam filter” that is built into the platform. According to a report by Campus Reform, the Young Conservatives of Texas had their Twitter account suspended for two days without explanation. The account was quickly reinstated after a reporter reached out to Twitter to inquire about the suspension. The organization claims that its Twitter account was shut down on Wednesday. In an email about the ban, Twitter told the organization that “unusual activity” on the account led to the ban. However, a Twitter spokesperson told Campus Reform this week that the account was accidentally suspended by a spam filter built into the platform. “The account you referenced was mistakenly caught in a spam filter. This has been reversed and the account has been reinstated,” the spokesperson said. Breitbart News reported in July 2018 that Twitter was “shadowbanning” conservative accounts. Even the left-leaning VICE News published a report detailing Twitter’s effort to restrict the reach of conservative accounts....
    Pro-Trump pundit Bill Mitchell has been permanently suspended by Twitter for violating the social media company’s policy on using multiple accounts to evade account suspensions. As a host of his own YouTube program, “YourVoice America,” Mitchell has promoted far-right QAnon conspiracy theories and routinely lavished President Donald Trump with praise, even going so far as to compare the president to biblical figures. The president has returned the favor by retweeting Mitchell more than once. In a statement to Mediaite, a Twitter spokesperson said Mitchell’s account had “been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules by using one account to evade the suspension of another account.” Earlier this summer, Mitchell announced that he had set up a new social media account on the rival platform, Parler, after a wave of conservatives expressed outrage at Twitter for slapping a warning label on some of Trump’s tweets. Mitchell later praised the responses he got on his new social media alternative. “If my engagement on Twitter was equivalent to my engagement on Parler, every tweet would have 600,000 impressions,” Mitchell wrote on Twitter on June 30. “So yeah, Parler engagement...
    Wikimedia Commons/Twitter BethAnn McLaughlin and her tweets about @Sciencing_Bi. For a number of years, teachers and activists across the nation interacted with the Twitter account @Sciencing_Bi, which was supposedly run by an LGBTQ Native American Anthropology professor at Arizona State College. They reacted with tributes and grief when a controversial former professor and anti-sexual harassment #metoo crusader named BethAnn McLaughlin introduced on Twitter that @Sciencing_Bi had died of COVID-19, blaming the college the place @Sciencing_Bi supposedly labored for making folks train on campus in the course of the pandemic. Nonetheless, what unfolded subsequent is a posh and weird story of accusations and confusion, as teachers and others on social media at the moment are accusing McLaughlin herself of presumably being @Sciencing_Bi and masquerading as a faux Native American professor on-line, ASU is saying it could possibly’t give you a dying of any professor from COVID-19 not too long ago, and Twitter has suspended each the accounts of McLaughlin and the now mysterious @Sciencing_Bi (as of the early morning hours of August 3)....
    Wikimedia Commons/Twitter BethAnn McLaughlin and her tweets about @Sciencing_Bi. For several years, academics and activists around the country interacted with the Twitter account @Sciencing_Bi, which was supposedly run by an LGBTQ Native American Anthropology professor at Arizona State University. They reacted with tributes and grief when a controversial former professor and anti-sexual harassment #metoo crusader named BethAnn McLaughlin announced on Twitter that @Sciencing_Bi had died of COVID-19, blaming the university where @Sciencing_Bi supposedly worked for making people teach on campus during the pandemic. However, what unfolded next is a complex and bizarre tale of accusations and confusion, as academics and others on social media are now accusing McLaughlin herself of possibly being @Sciencing_Bi and masquerading as a fake Native American professor online, ASU is saying it can’t come up with a death of any professor from COVID-19 recently, and Twitter has suspended both the accounts of McLaughlin and the now mysterious @Sciencing_Bi (as of the early morning hours of August 3). “Sad to report @Sciencing_Bi died from COVID this evening,” McLaughlin wrote on July 31, 2020. “She was...
    New York (CNN Business)Twitter permanently banned the account of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Thursday night, after multiple violations of the company's hateful conduct policy.The company's policy forbids accounts that "promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people" on the basis of personal characteristics. Duke, who was the leader of a KKK offshoot from 1974 to 1978, has been routinely condemned for racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia.It was unclear what specific action warranted Duke's suspension, but a Twitter spokesperson told CNN that the decision was "in line with our recently-updated guidance on harmful links." Twitter (TWTR) announced earlier this week that it would block certain URLs and links that contained hateful content, and stated that "accounts dedicated to sharing content which we block" could be suspended.For some, however, the decision to ban Duke — who had more than 53,000 followers — was too little, too late. Legal advocacy organization Southern Poverty Law Center, which specializes in litigation against white supremacist groups, called Twitter's actions as "a step in the right direction," while also chastising the...
    Twitter on Friday suspended more than 50 accounts linked to white nationalists in response to a recent report from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. The report mentioned more than 60 accounts with more than 140,000 followers and pressed the social media company over not doing enough to get rid of extremists on the platform. “The accounts in question were suspended for violating our policies in relation to violent extremism,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Hill on Friday. Martin Sellner, leader of the Identitarian Movement in Austria, told NBC News on Friday that the suspension was "censorship" of free speech. “It is another act of censorship of freedom of speech,” Sellner said. “We are the only group really talking about mass immigration and population replacement. The mainstream has no answers to our question: Why should we accept becoming a minority in our own countries?” The suspensions arrive as social media companies assess free speech policies on their platforms. Facebook is reconsidering its policy on political ads to stop the spread of misinformation during this election year. Related Stories: Trump, Biden Fight for Primacy...
    Wirecard it sinks more and more. The German financial services firm is going to declare itself in suspension of payments. As confirmed by fintech itself, this Thursday it has filed an application with the competent courts to initiate the procedure. After hearing the news, the company’s shares have been suspended from listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. “Wirecard’s board has decided to file an application to open insolvency proceedings for Wirecard AG before the competent court of the Munich district due to its imminent insolvency and over-indebtedness,” said the company, which is currently evaluating whether to file insolvency applications. for Wirecard Group subsidiaries. Wirecard had acknowledged last week that it may have been the victim of “substantial fraud” after announcing a further delay in the publication of its annual accounts as a result of an accounting irregularity in 1,900 million euros. Wirecard reported that the audit firm EY had found “insufficient evidence” that the cash balances in the company’s trust accounts were worth € 1.9 billion, representing about 25% of the company’s total balance. In this sense, on Monday the...
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