May 29, 2020
Why Twitter flagged Trump and other commentary
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Election watch: Why Twitter Flagged Trump
In slamming Twitter for fact-checking President Trump, many have ignored the key questions, Liz Peek argues at The Hill: “Why this issue? Why now?” The answer: to help Democrats, who need “massive, if not record-breaking, voter turnout” in November — especially with Joe Biden leading the ticket.Twitter flagged two Trump tweets, blasting mail-in ballots and warning of voter fraud, and directed readers to a CNN assertion that Trump’s claims are “unsubstantiated.” Dems are hoping mail-in voting will “ease the process,” boost turnout and perhaps open the door to ballot-harvesting, and the pandemic has given them an excuse to push for it. Yet that will “undermine the integrity of our elections” and only rally Trump’s supporters. As will “Twitter leaping to their aid.”
Eye on 2024: GOP Primary Is Underway
“In a very real sense,” declares Kristen Soltis Anderson at the Washington Examiner, the 2024 GOP primary is “already underway.” Its central issue: China. Beijing “is hardly just a foreign-policy issue”; it’s “deeply interwoven” into key voter issues, like health care and the economy. “Apprehension about China predates” both COVID-19 and the Trump era, but “Republicans are now even more focused” on it. Their frustration won’t go away in four years. Nor are feelings about China “confined to any one wing of the Republican Party.” Which is why, whatever happens in November, dealing with China “will be at the heart of the debate” over who’s best for the GOP, post-Trump.
Iconoclast: Georgia on Their Minds
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Atlanta is not burning,” snarks The Week’s Matthew Walther. Democrats and their media allies looked forward to gloating “about the cravenness and stupidity of yet another GOP politician” after Gov. Brian Kemp reopened the state. But “bodies are not piled up in the streets,” and hospitals are “virtually empty,” even as Georgians “are returning to some semblance of normal life: working outside their homes, going to restaurants and bars” and spending time with friends. Why were the doomsayers wrong? Data suggest “the lifting of lockdowns is positively correlated with a decrease in rates of infection.” And maybe that’s because lockdowns, at least in part, “are inherently ineffective at slowing down a disease” that spreads mostly through families and hospitals.
Culture beat: Left-Wing Authoritarians Are Real
Decades ago, Bob Altemeyer, famous for his studies on right-wing authoritarian-personality traits, dismissed the idea of similar traits on the left, observes André Spicer at the New Statesman. But now a graduate student, Thomas Costello, and his colleagues have used “standard” psychological testing procedures and identified “tell-tale signs” of just that: left-wing beliefs that “people with opposing political views” are “inherently immoral,” those in power “should be punished” and government should “forcefully stop people from sharing views they find abhorrent.” Other researchers report that “left-wing authoritarians tend to reject mainstream political institutions.” Some, like Altemeyer, still think the notion is “a myth.” Nonetheless, asserts Spicer, “left-wing authoritarianism will continue to play a decisive role in some of the most contentious political issues of our time.”
COVID journal: Behind the Conspiracy Theories
“There is no COVID-19 vaccine, but there are already COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies,” sighs Sarah Zhang at The Atlantic. “Even as vaccines for the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 are being held up as the last hope for a return to normalcy, misinformation about them is spreading.” There were false rumors, for example, about a British woman said to have died after a shot. Vaccine scientist Peter Hotez explains that “recent missteps,” like unrealistic timelines and the government’s response to the crisis, have “given vaccine skeptics ammunition.” In any case, Zhang laments, “by the time a vaccine is on the market, the worst of the coronavirus crisis may very well be over,” and — all the misinformation aside — a vaccine may feel like “too little, too late.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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Warning Facebook could ‘muzzle’ more conservative voices as Ted Cruz and Kevin McCarthy blast ‘disgraceful’ Trump ban
REPUBLICAN lawmakers claim Facebook could "muzzle" more conservative voices after it emerged that Donald Trump's account may be permanently deleted in six months.
Sen Ted Cruz, Rep Kevin McCarthy, and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were just some of the disgruntled GOP who took to Twitter to condemn the move, which was announced on Wednesday morning.
Read our Donald Trump live blog for the latest updates on Facebook's decision ...13The indefinite suspension of Trump's account will be decided in six monthsCredit: Facebook 13Rep Kevin McCarthy took to Twitter to slam the Facebook rulingCredit: AP 13Sen Ted Cruz said the Facebook's Trump ban was an attempt to 'muzzle' conservativesCredit: Reuters
Trump was banned from Facebook back in January after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, leaving five dead - but the indefinite suspension of his account will be decided in November.
The former president also released a statement declaring that what Facebook, Google and Twitter have done to the US is "disgraceful" and an "embarassment" to the USA.
He said that "Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth" and demanded that "corrupt social media companies must pay a political price," as his allies spoke out in solidarity.
"Disgraceful," Cruz raged. "For every liberal celebrating Trump’s social media ban, if the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what’s to stop them from silencing you?"
"Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate," agreed McCarthy.13Credit: Twitter 13Credit: Twitter
"If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next. A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech."
Reacting to the news on Fox News this morning, ex-White House aide Mark Meadows said: "It's a sad day for America. It's a sad day for Facebook.
"I can tell you, a number of members of Congress are now looking at, do they break up Facebook? Do they make sure that they don't have a monopoly?"
Later, he took to Twitter, writing: "If you’re surprised by Facebook banning President Trump, you haven’t been paying attention.
"It’s just the latest page in the book of big tech coming after conservatives. And they won’t stop. Which means it’s past time to hold them accountable. Break them up."
Sharing the board's statement, Sen Josh Hawley said it was a "real life example of the tyranny of #BigTech" and repeatedly tagged Mark Zuckerberg's company.13Credit: Twitter 13Credit: Twitter 13Credit: Twitter
"A fake [Facebook] court decides [Facebook] can do whatever [Facebook] wants, in this case, suspending Donald Trump w/o process or standards. That’s what monopolies do," he tweeted.
The Missouri Republican then echoed Meadows' call to "Break them up."
While the GOP House Judiciary labeled the decision today as "pathetic," gun-toting Rep Lauren Boebert appeared to delete her initial Twitter reaction, which incorrectly stated Facebook "banned Trump permanently."
"Facebook will pay the price," she wrote in a statement that was later removed. "Mark my words."
Addressing today's decision, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro referenced the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, many of which were peaceful, but often saw violent clashes between protesters and police.13Credit: Twitter 13Credit: Twitter 13GOP lawmakers slammed Zuckerberg's company for banning TrumpCredit: House Judiciary
"Last year, nearly the entire media and Democratic Party praised people engaged in the most costly riots in US history," he wrote.
The company's Oversight Board upheld the January 7 decision to restrict Trump's "access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account."
The announcement noted that "it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension," however.
"Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account," it read.
"The Board insists that Facebook review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.13Trump slammed Big tech as 'disgraceful' after the Oversign Board's decisionCredit: Getty 13Cruz claimed major tech companies were targeting people because of their political viewsCredit: Alamy
"Facebook must complete its review of this matter within six months of the date of this decision.
"The Board also made policy recommendations for Facebook to implement in developing clear, necessary, and proportionate policies that promote public safety and respect freedom of expression."
It also referenced two posts by Trump posted the day of the riots, which "severely violated Facebook’s Community Standards and Instagram’s Community Guidelines."
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The board stated that this "violated Facebook’s rules prohibiting praise or support of people engaged in violence" after MAGA fans stormed the Capitol building.
"However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose an ‘indefinite’ suspension," the statement concluded.
"It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored."Facebook rules to uphold Donald Trump's ban from the site