Twitter conceals Trump tweet, ramping up dispute

first_imgHours later, the micro-messaging platform hid the tweet behind a message that said it “violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today.””As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.” Users could still click through and view the full unedited tweet.Trump, who has more than 80 million followers on Twitter, lashed out at the platform on Thursday, signing an executive order seeking to strip social media giants of legal immunity for content on their platforms.  Twitter concealed one of Donald Trump’s tweets on Friday for “glorifying violence,” ramping up a dispute with the US president who says social media companies censor conservative voices like his. In a move bound to infuriate one of the platform’s most followed users, Twitter said it was placing a “public interest notice” on a Trump tweet about violent protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police.In a late night tweet, Trump wrote: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” The order calls on government regulators to evaluate if online platforms should be eligible for liability protection for content posted by their millions of users.The move, which was slammed by critics as a legally dubious act of political revenge, came after Twitter labelled two earlier Trump tweets — on the increasingly contentious topic of mail-in voting — as misleading.If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as “publishers” potentially liable for user-generated content.Trump told reporters at the White House he acted because big tech firms “have had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.””We can’t let this continue to happen,” Trump said.’President’s speech police’ Critics said however Trump has no authority to regulate private internet operators or change the law, known as Section 230, which backers say has allowed online platforms like Facebook and Twitter to flourish.The American Civil Liberties Union called Trump’s order “a blatant and unconstitutional threat to punish social media companies that displease the president.”Eric Goldman, director of the High-Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, said the order was “more about political theater than about changing the law.”The order “is not legally supportable — it flies in the face of more than 900 court decisions,” Goldman said.The White House seeks to sidestep the provisions giving internet firms immunity by treating them as publishers operating in part of a “public square.””Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see,” the executive order said.While the Trump order would not prevent platforms from moderating content, it could open them up to a flood of lawsuits from anyone who claims to be harmed by content posted online.Critics said the action represents a dangerous effort by the government to regulate online speech.”Social media can be frustrating. But an Executive Order that would turn the FCC into the President’s speech police is not the answer,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of Federal Communications Commission, one of the agencies tasked with enforcing the executive order.Matt Schruers, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group, warned that “retaliation against the private sector for fact-checking leadership is what we expect from foreign autocracies, not the United States.”Wading into quagmire Internet firms have denied Trump’s claims of bias, and point to his massive social media following. But the president’s move plays into his narrative ahead of his difficult November reelection battle that liberal forces are trying to censor Republicans.A wider debate has long been underway on the power that social media companies wield and what responsibility they bear for posts that are misleading or hurtful.Internet services like Twitter and Facebook have been struggling to root out misinformation, while at the same time keeping their platforms open to users.After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his frequent factually inaccurate posts, Twitter on Tuesday flagged the president for the first time for making false claims.Trump had tweeted — without any evidence — that more mail-in voting would lead to what he called a “Rigged Election” this November.Topics :last_img read more

Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea’s shock defeat against Crystal Palace breathed new life into the title race as Tottenham closed the gap on the leaders. Arsenal and Manchester City played out a thrilling draw and Liverpool won the Merseyside derby.Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:Chelsea rocked by PalaceWhen Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead after just five minutes of Saturday’s London derby with Crystal Palace, it looked like the leaders’ march to the title was about to clear another hurdle. Antonio Conte’s side had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since September 16. But Palace have been resurgent in recent weeks and they breathed new life into the title race with two quickfire strikes. First Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha fired home in the ninth minute, then Christian Benteke netted with a deft finish 91 seconds later. Chelsea were stunned and despite 24 shots at goal, their second-highest total in 29 league games this season, they were unable to find an equaliser. Chances came and went as Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made 11 saves, leaving Chelsea frustrated as their first defeat in nine league games allowed Tottenham to close within seven points. Game on. Spurs back in the hunt As news filtered through to Turf Moor of Chelsea’s shock defeat against Crystal Palace, the realisation quickly sank in with Tottenham’s players and fans — the title race is back on. A 2-0 victory over Burnley, usually so formidable at home, was already reason enough for optimism in the Spurs camp, but Chelsea’s slip was the icing on the cake. Second half goals from England international Eric Dier and South Korea forward Son Heung-Min moved Spurs to within seven points of Chelsea with nine games remaining and even the injuries suffered by Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama couldn’t quash the north Londoners’ glee as they headed home dreaming of an incredible title triumph.Arsenal rediscovered some backboneAfter a dismal sequence of four defeats in five games, during which dissent towards manager Arsene Wenger reached a crescendo, the last thing Arsenal needed was to fall behind after just five minutes of their home game with Manchester City. Theo Walcott equalised, only for Sergio Aguero to restore City’s lead just 131 seconds later. But Arsenal dug deep to level again courtesy of Shkodran Mustafi’s header and while neither side could find a winner, Wenger’s men at least managed to stop the rot. The Arsenal manager’s future remains the subject of intense speculation, but in the short term, he said the performance against City would help “rebuild confidence”.Coutinho left Barkley in the shadeIt was a tale of two playmakers in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool’s number 10, Philippe Coutinho, ran the show, restoring Liverpool’s lead with a brilliant solo goal after Matthew Pennington had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener and setting up Divock Origi for Liverpool’s third. But his opposite number, England international Ross Barkley, had a torrid afternoon. The 23-year-old seemed incapable of influencing proceedings and his display was chiefly memorable for two wild challenges on Emre Can and Dejan Lovren in the first half. The second — a crude, studs-up foul that caught Lovren on the shin — should have yielded more than a yellow card. While Barkley’s ability is clear, he remains some way short of the finished article.Home draws have hurt Man UnitedManchester United’s 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches, but nobody was celebrating at Old Trafford. United have now drawn eight times in front of their own fans this season. Had they won even half of those games, they would be in the thick of the Champions League picture, instead of five points adrift of the top four (albeit with a game in hand). Top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence through suspension was clearly a contributing factor against West Brom. But the Swede was on the pitch when United dropped points at home to Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal, West Ham United, Liverpool, Hull City and Bournemouth. United’s attacking problems run deeper.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

New guard recruited Pitt, not the other way around

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Most major college basketball players are recruited by multiple schools. Chase Adams landed at Pitt after recruiting the Panthers. When Centenary dropped from NCAA Division I to Division III, Adams went looking for a program that fit his skills.Last season’s Summit League defensive player of the year wanted to play on a team that valued defense. He also sought to move up to a higher level, but not have to sit the bench. He also wanted a team that needed an experienced guard—now.Whenever he went down his checklist, Pitt landed on top.“I did my research, I contacted Pittsburgh and sent stuff out to a couple of schools and I was able to make this transition,” said Adams, who doesn’t have to sit out a season because of his former school’s downgrade. “This is the best situation I could ever want.”Some players might be intimidated at moving up from what was the nation’s smallest Division I program to a school that was ranked No. 1 for a time last season. Adams is certain he can make the transition, and in a hurry.He must, since he is a senior and this will be his only Big East season.Curiously, what he is trying to achieve at Pitt, which has about 33,000 students, is similar to what he was trying to get done at Centenary, which had fewer than 900 students.There, he sought to get noticed on a team that gets little national attention. At Pitt, he’s trying to help a team that was gutted by graduation not get overwhelmed in one of college basketball’s toughest conferences.Pitt lost its top three players—NBA second-round picks DeJuan Blair and Sam Young and point guard Levance Fields—plus starting forward Tyrell Biggs. The Panthers also will be without their lone returning starter, injured guard Jermaine Dixon, plus forward Gilbert Brown, who is academically ineligible until late next month, when the season starts Friday against Wofford.Pitt is starting over, much like Adams is doing in his career.“It’s a major step,” said Adams, who is from Baltimore. “We were the smallest D-I school in the nation and there you’re fighting for respect. We’re going to be fighting for respect this year because people are going to be counting us out. This is the big-time and the big level.”Adams isn’t big—he’s 5-10—but he’s shown coach Jamie Dixon during practice he can be a lockdown defender much like Jermaine Dixon, one of the Big East’s top defensive players last season.Adams also has surprised Pitt with his outside shooting. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season, and could help Pitt fill what seems to be a yearly need for a reliable long-range shooter.“I’m going to bring a lot of intensity, a lot of patience on the offensive end—and I shoot pretty well,” Adams said. “Competitiveness, that’s the main thing.”Jamie Dixon welcomes that.Once Jermaine Dixon’s broken right foot heals, Adams will join Dixon, Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and redshirt freshman Travon Woodall in a crowded backcourt. Adams doesn’t plan on sitting, not with so much to do in so little time.“This is it for me,” Adams said. “This is my shot.”last_img read more