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    The fourth entry in the ongoing “Twitter Files” series of explosive revelations dropped on Saturday night, with part four in the series focusing on the removal of Donald Trump from the popular social media platform in early 2021. The latest thread, published by writer Michael Shellenberger, details the process that “Twitter executives” took as they were “build[ing] the case for a permanent ban” against the former Republican president. 1. TWITTER FILES, PART 4 The Removal of Donald Trump: January 7 As the pressure builds, Twitter executives build the case for a permanent ban — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 10, 2022 “On Jan 7 [2021],” Shellenberger wrote, Twitter executives “create[d] justifications to ban Trump … [sought] a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders” and “…express[ed] no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.” Shellenberger wrote that, following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, “internal and external pressure” mounted against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to enact the ban. As late as Jan. 7, 2021, he noted, Dorsey had emailed employees “saying Twitter needs to remain...
    CARINA JOHANSEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images Twitter owner Elon Musk has said that the social media company could go bankrupt. This bombshell revelation comes as top Twitter executives and advertisers flee. “There’s a massive negative cash flow, and bankruptcy is not out of the question,” said Musk at a Thursday meeting, according to a recording heard by The New York Times. Upon taking over Twitter on Oct. 27, Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal; CFO Ned Segal; legal policy, trust and safety head Vijaya Gadde; and general counsel Sean Edgett. On Thursday, Yoel Roth, the head of trust and safety, and privacy officer Damien Kieran, and chief compliance officer Marianne Fogarty and chief information security officer Lea Kissner quit the company. Moreover, chief marketing officer Leslie Berland and vice president JP Maheu also left Twitter. Last week included the first round of layoffs in the estimated 7,500-person workforce. Recently, Musk flew to New York and, according to the Times: In some advertiser meetings, Mr. Musk proposed a system for Twitter users to choose the kind of content that the service exposed them...
    Days after taking over Twitter and a week before the U.S. midterm elections, billionaire Elon Musk has positioned himself as 'Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator' of one of the most important platforms in American politics. The change was made during another wild day for the social media giant under Musk, as Twitter's advertising chief, Sarah Personette, tweeted on Tuesday that she resigned following an exodus of nearly the entire senior ranks.  Musk has said he won't make major decisions about the content or restoring banned accounts before setting up a 'content moderation council' with diverse viewpoints. But his own behavior as a prolific tweeter has signaled otherwise. He's engaged directly with figures on the political right who are appealing for looser restrictions, including a Republican candidate for Arizona secretary of state who credits Musk with enabling him to begin tweeting again after his account was briefly suspended Monday. Musk even changed his profile to 'Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator' - with a photo of himself when he was a toddler holding a telephone.  Days after taking over Twitter and a week before...
    By Donie O’Sullivan and Clare Duffy | CNN Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, a source familiar with the deal told CNN Thursday. Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision. The deal’s closing removes a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees and shareholders for much of the year. After initially agreeing to buy the company in April, Musk spent months attempting to get out of the deal, first citing concerns about the number of bots on the platform and later allegations raised by a company whistleblower. But Musk’s takeover, and the immediate firings of some of its top executives, now raises a host of new questions for the future of the social media platform, and the many corners of society impacted by it. Musk has said he plans to rethink Twitter’s content moderation policies in service of a more maximalist approach to “free speech.” The billionaire has also said he disagrees with Twitter’s practice of permanent bans for those who repeatedly...
    In this article GMGM Chair and CEO Mary Barra addresses investors Oct. 6, 2021 at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.Photo by Steve Fecht for General MotorsDETROIT — In September 2017, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and her top executives visited the automaker's design dome, considered hallowed ground within the company for its role in creating GM's most iconic vehicles. Displayed under the showroom lights were about 10 true-to-size clay models of electric vehicles, including designs like the automaker's Chevy Corvette and a host of crossovers and SUVs. At the time, much of Wall Street's attention was on the $70-a-share price of Tesla, whose celebrity CEO, Elon Musk, was promising to lead the world's transition to more sustainable energy. The showcase at GM's sprawling tech campus in suburban Detroit gave executives a glimpse at how they might outpace Tesla and longtime rivals such as Ford Motor, which were also eyeing the buzzy electric vehicle market. The clay models were examples of the range of electric vehicles GM could build through a new platform the automaker was developing.Mary Barra's electric...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Black List is a gold mine of talent.The online platform showcases aspiring television and film writers to help them get noticed.Now, the Black List is helping to connect playwrights to local theaters across the country, including Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park."Our goal was to have a group of theaters with geographic diversity, who are wildly ambitious creatively, wildly ambitious within their local communities, and telling stories that have been historically overlooked," said Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List. "Some names just kept coming up, and Victory Gardens was always at the top of the list."Leonard started the Black List in 2005 as an annual survey where film executives vote on unproduced screenplays.Since then, manuscripts from "the list" have won dozens of Oscars and earned hundreds of nominations, including this year's "King Richard." Other Oscar-winning films such as "Argo" and "The King's Speech" also started on the Black List.The Black List is now accepting manuscripts from undiscovered playwrights. The winning writers will each receive a $10,000 commission."We're sort of putting our proverbial money...
    TikTok and Snapchat executives will make their debut on Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying for the first time before a Senate panel about safety precautions for young users.   Members of the Senate Commerce consumer protection subcommittee are expected to grill executives from the social media companies, along with a representative for YouTube, about their platforms’ effects on kids and teens. The hearing comes as some lawmakers look to use the building momentum from leaks about Instagram and Facebook to push for new regulations on tech companies. TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, which has previously dispatched executives to Capitol Hill, will likely face similar questions to ones the panel posed to Facebook’s global head of safety Antigone Davis at a hearing earlier this month. Josh Golin, executive director of Fairplay, a nonprofit that fights commercial marketing to children and excessive screen time, said lawmakers should put questions about the platforms’ amplification of harmful content front and center during the hearing. The senators should grill the companies — especially TikTok and YouTube, which are driven by sophisticated algorithms that recommend video content to...
    Over a dozen media outlets have published stories since Friday based on leaked internal Facebook documents provided by former employee Frances Haugen, with many articles presenting the tech giant’s failure to censor enough content and police its platform as a serious problem. Politico published several stories based on the leaks, with one story including an internal message from a Facebook researcher alleging they were “actively held back” by company executives when they attempted to remove content calling the results of the 2020 presidential election into question. The Atlantic published a story also based on internal communications by employees expressing frustration at Facebook executives for failing to implement their proposals, with one employee deploring the fact that executives weren’t allowing researchers to “manage discourse without enabling violence.” A leaked internal memo sent by Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg and obtained by Axios warned that the media’s reporting on the leaks would “contain mischaracterizations of our research, our motives and where our priorities lie.” Over a dozen media outlets have published stories since Friday based on leaked internal...
    Fox Weather on Thursday announced six new executives who will join the platform’s leadership team, according to a press release.  The new leadership team will include David Clark, Steve Baron, Mike McClain, Dianne Doctor, Tim Gaughan and Deante Parker. The new executives will oversee the entire platform and report to President Sharri Berg.   Berg shared in the press release her excitement about the new team. “We are thrilled to announce the leadership team at FOX Weather," she said. "As incredibly talented executives, they each bring a unique and diverse set of skills to this start-up and I look forward to working with them as we launch and grow the platform.”  With this announcement, Fox Weather will now grow its platform to more than 75 meteorologists on Fox-owned stations and Fox News. Tags Fox News
    Homeland Security expedites Washington lockdown ahead of inauguration, after Capitol riots House votes to impeach Trump: How to watch the replay Amazon’s Other Reason for Booting Parler: Threats to Staff (Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc. says Parler LLC isn’t only dangerous to law and order in the nation’s capital, but to the tech giant’s own staff. © Bloomberg The Parler logo on a smartphone arranged in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Parler bills itself as a non-biased social network that protects free speech and user data. John Matze, chief executive officer, says the platform saw great growth during the 2020 election as many conservatives moved away from products like Facebook and Twitter. To justify to a judge why it suspended web-hosting service for the conservative social media site, Amazon executives cited threats by Parler users to delivery drivers and staff at the e-commerce giant -- as well as concern that Parler failed to police violent content both before and after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Load Error A showdown...
    The FTC may depose Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in a probe looking into whether the social media platform broke anti-trust laws.  The commission, headed by Chairman Joseph Simons, is considering deposing both Zuckerberg and Sandberg as part of its investigation, a person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal, according to a report published by the newspaper Friday.  Officials at the social media platform are braced for the possibility of depositions and concerned that they could happen, the person told the Journal. The FTC may depose Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and his chief operating officer Sherly Sandberg in a probe looking into whether the social media platform broke anti-trust laws The FTC, headed by Chairman Joseph Simons (pictured), is considering deposing both Zuckerberg and Sandberg as part of its investigation into anti-trust violations by the social media platform Zuckerberg, meanwhile, is already scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary anti-trust subcommittee on July 27, to face questions from the panel's head, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler of New...
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