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    Twitter finally took action against propaganda being broadcast on its site when it started to label some of Trump's tweets as false. Just recently, they suspended Don Jr's account for his advocacy of false information about the coronavirus.

    It didn't take long for the crazy people to respond. Here is the complete letter that I received from Paul Gosar this morning.

    Today, U.S. Representatives Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-4), Doug Collins (GA-9), Ralph Norman (SC-5), Lance Gooden (TX-5), Steve King (IA-4), Jim Banks (IN-3), Matt Gaetz (FL-1), Ted Yoho (FL-3), Tom Tiffany (WI-12), Ron Wright (TX-6), and Glenn Grothman (WI-6) introduced H.R. 7808 Stop the Censorship Act of 2020.

    Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230) affords Big Tech immunity from liability for third-party content. Section 230's "Good Samaritan" provision provides immunity for the removal of users and content, and has been abused by Big Tech to censor competition and lawful speech. Political candidates, small businesses, medical professionals, pro-life advocates, journalists, authors, artists, comedians, supporters of President Trump, and many more are being censored by Google, Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and other online platforms.

    This legislation revokes immunity for the removal of competition and lawful speech, empowers users to protect themselves from objectionable material, and aligns with focused reforms recently recommended by the Justice Department: Reform to Promote Open Discourse and Greater Transparency


    Section 230 currently provides online platforms with immunity for the removal of anything they perceive to be "otherwise objectionable." The vagueness of the term "otherwise objectionable" grants platforms immunity to remove any speech they don't like, without any potential recourse for the user. Stop the Censorship Act revokes immunity for the removal of "otherwise objectionable" material and instead provides a new standard of immunity for content removal - "unlawful, or that promotes violence or terrorism." This provision also incentivizes platforms to be more transparent and abide by their own terms of service. Current terms of service are largely irrelevant while immunity is extended for the removal of anything that platforms consider to be "otherwise objectionable". Click here for more information from the Justice Department. Reform to Promote Competition


    Section 230 greatly contributed to the size and power of Big Tech. Online platforms have argued that the inclusion of the term "otherwise objectionable" creates immunity from antitrust claims (Enigma Sofware v. Malwarebytes). Stop the Censorship Act ensures that Section 230 does not extend immunity for antitrust claims aimed at promoting and preserving competition. Click here for more information from the Justice Department. Instead of empowering Big Tech with immunity to remove anything they don't like, this legislation extends protections to online platforms for "any action taken to provide users with the option to restrict access to any other material," empowering users to choose content filter options.

    “Online platforms should not have special immunity to censor competition and lawful political speech,” said Rep. Gosar. “The broad and undue immunity for content and user removal granted by Section 230 must be reined in by Congress. We cannot continue to subsidize, deputize, or blackmail Silicon Valley to decide what is or isn't an allowable conversation. Stop the Censorship Act of 2020 empowers users and limits Big Tech to the same rights and liabilities as everyone else.”

    “Freedom of speech and market competition are two of the strongest pillars of American freedom. But ‘Big Tech,’ has shown little regard for either. Congress must protect the values that make America great." said Rep. Banks.

    “Our country was founded on the free exchange of ideas and the ability of all Americans to speak freely, a principle that has allowed the Internet to thrive,” said Rep. Collins. “But in recent years, companies like Twitter and Google have used Section 230 as a shield while unlawfully abusing the First Amendment rights of their users. It’s time we put an end to Big Tech’s unlawful censorship by rolling back their broad protections and promoting market competition, which is exactly what the Stop the Censorship Act of 2020 will do.”

    “Freedom of speech is paramount to the fabric of America. No one should have the power to censor political speech, including ‘Big Tech’,” said Rep. Gooden.

    Congressman Gosar first introduced the Stop the Censorship Act on July 25, 2019. Today’s introduction of Stop the Censorship Act of 2020 aligns with recent recommendations for Section 230 reform from the Justice Department and complements President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.

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    Facebook took down a video posted by the campaign of President Trump on Wednesday in which he claimed children were immune to the coronavirus, a violation of the social network’s rules against misinformation around the virus.

    It was the first time Facebook has removed a post by Mr. Trump’s campaign for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, though the social network has previously taken down other ads and posts by the campaign for violating other policies. In June, for example, Facebook took down campaign ads that used a Nazi-related symbol, which broke the company’s rules against organized hate.

    Twitter on Wednesday also blocked the Trump campaign’s post with the video, saying it had violated company rules on coronavirus misinformation. The account was barred from posting new tweets until the offending post was removed, a typical procedure, Twitter said. Later Wednesday evening, the video was removed from the Trump campaign account and it had resumed posting.

    Some of the other posts that Facebook has removed from Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign include misleading ads about the 2020 census in March. Facebook said the ads could have caused confusion about the timing of the census.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/technology/trump-facebook-coronavirus-video.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Technology

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    Trump in the middle of the night (starting at 3 a.m.) launched a 45 minute Twitter tantrum that ended with an attack on the Supreme Court’s justices, one-third of whom he placed on the bench.

    Trump clearly was furious about a recent ruling handed down by eight of the now-nine justices. The Court ruled that Pennsylvania and North Carolina can accept absentee ballots after Election Day.

    “If Sleepy Joe Biden is actually elected President, the 4 Justices (plus1) that helped make such a ridiculous win possible would be relegated to sitting on not only a heavily PACKED COURT, but probably a REVOLVING COURT as well. At least the many new Justices will be Radical Left!”

    The president is making clear not only that he is planning to contest the results of the election all the way to the Supreme Court, but that he fully expects the Court to hand him the win.

    To be clear, unlike in some states, there is nothing in law that allows a presidential candidate to contest the results of an election. But Trump’s legal team, and Jared Kushner, reportedly have been planning how to take the election to the Court for months.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/mind-blowing-experts-stunned-by-3-am-trump-tweets-threatening-supreme-court-justices/

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    The day before the election Trump fired off a tweet storm that began:

    Every corrupt force in American life that betrayed you and hurt you are supporting Joe Biden: The failed establishment that started the disastrous foreign wars; The career politicians that offshored your industries & decimated your factories; The open borders lobbyists ...

    Donald Trump likes to compare himself – favorably – to President Abraham Lincoln.

    Last year, he told the British tabloid The Sun: “You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.”

    Lincoln aimed to heal wounds and end a civil war.

    Trump seems bent on widening divisions and … starting one?

    If there ever was a moment when hatred and a call to vengeance might have been understood that was it. Instead, Lincoln spoke first of what Americans – even warring Americans – have in common.

    He said, “Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2020/11/02/trump-election-eve-twitter-rant-not-very-lincoln-esque/6128711002/

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    Trump’s Tweeting Isn’t Crazy. It’s Strategic, Typos and All.

    At 2:32 a.m., he told his 87.3 million Twitter followers: “Way ahead in Texas! Watch the Great Red Wave!”

    Minutes later, he tweeted the hashtag #BidenCrimeFamiily, with a typo in the word “family.” That was it. No context, no link. And Mr. Trump’s typo? It was surely not accidental. That extra “i” circumvented Twitter’s efforts to hide the hashtag in search results. Called #typosquatting, this tactic is often used by trolls and media manipulators to get around the rules of social media platforms.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/05/opinion/trump-twitter-biden-misinformation.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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    Twitter will transfer the presidential accounts to President-elect Biden on Inauguration Day, even if Trump hasn’t conceded.

    The @POTUS account is the official account for the President of the United States. It is separate to Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, which he primarily uses to tweet. However, this personal account will lose the protections it currently has under Twitter’s "world leaders" policy, which allows rule-breaking posts to remain up with warning labels added.

    “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” according to Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio.

    This will also apply to several other White House accounts, including the @VP, @WhiteHouse, @PressSec and @FLOTUS accounts, among others, according to Pacilio.

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    Again as I've said this is crazy. Obama never used an Twitter account, so should Biden. You can't "govern" via Twitter.

    It should only be done via official channels nothing else. Twitter is also used by propaganda outlets so never should be something "official". Wake up America get some proper "norms"

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    SOME OF THE MOST prominent figures in politics, entertainment and business appeared to have their Twitter accounts hacked Wednesday evening in a massive security breach perpetrated by actors running a bitcoin-related scam.

    The accounts of former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Bill Gates, rapper Kayne West, tech titan Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, investor Warren Buffett and many other high-profile figures appeared to be compromised. The hackers also targeted the corporate accounts of Apple, Wendy's, Uber and other corporations.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-07-15/hackers-hijack-twitter-accounts-of-barack-obama-joe-biden-kayne-west-apple-and-others

    Despite Donald Trump's extremely active Twitter presence on his personal @realDonaldTrump account, former President Barack Obama's @BarackObama retains a higher follower count.

    Obama's personal account has 92 million followers, while Trump has 34.1 million. Trump maintains a closer lead with his active official @POTUS account, with 19.4 million followers compared with 15.4 million followers of Obama's archived @POTUS44 account.

    Trump's approach to Twitter is as different from Obama's as the two men's style of leadership. Since taking the oath of office, Trump has maintained the often crass and derogatory tone on Twitter that he formed as a private citizen.

    Obama has taken a much more muted approach to Twitter, only tweeting three times in June: once to recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day, another time for Father's Day and once in defense of the Affordable Care Act. He has not tweeted yet in July. Trump often tweets multiple times a day, commonly using his @realDonaldTrump account to attack the media and political opponents.

    Recent polls suggest voters wish Trump would log off Twitter or tone down his rhetoric on the site. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll said they thought Trump's tweets were "inappropriate," while only 36 percent said they were "effective." Congressional Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed concern about Trump's use of Twitter.

    https://www.newsweek.com/obama-more-twitter-followers-trump-638890#:~:text=Despite%20Donald%20Trump%27s%20extremely%20active%20Twitter%20presence%20on,92%20million%20followers%2C%20while%20Trump%20has%2034.1%20million.