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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police in San Francisco on Tuesday announced the recent arrest of a suspect accused of storing child pornography online and surreptitiously recording underage minors and other women at different locations throughout the city.

According to the release issued by the police department Tuesday, back in January, the SFPD Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit opened an investigation into an individual who was accused of keeping hundreds of digital child pornography files in a cloud storage account.

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Police said the account was found to contain images of prepubescent minors being sexually abused by adults.

Last Friday, SFPD investigators served search warrants at two apartments located on the 1800 block of Jackson Street and the 1700 block of Clay Street. Police said both locations were associated with the owner of the cloud account.

Execution of the search warrants allowed investigators to link the cloud storage account to one of the residents, 52-year-old San Francisco resident Bruce Taylor.

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The investigation also uncovered that Taylor was surreptitiously recording underage minors and other women without their knowledge at different locations throughout San Francisco. Police have not disclosed what those locations were.

Police also learned that Taylor is a former youth lacrosse coach at a private school in San Francisco. Authorities did not disclose which private school had employed Taylor.

Taylor was arrested for one count of possession of child pornography, one count of possession of over 600 files of child pornography involving children under the age of 12 and one count of possession of child pornography involving sadomasochism. Police said he has been charged by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

As of Tuesday, Taylor remains in police custody.

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Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim or have had any suspicious contact with Taylor to contact the SFPD Special Victims Unit (415) 734-3038.

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Twitter Sues Texas AG Over Alleged Retaliation For Banning Trumps Account After Capitol Riot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming the Republican used his office to retaliate against it for banning the account of former President Donald Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Days after the deadly insurrection, Paxton announced an investigation into Twitter and four other major technology companies for what he called “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President.” The attorney general’s office demanded that the companies produce a variety of records related to their content moderation policies and troves of internal communications.

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Twitter responded Monday with a federal lawsuit alleging Paxton is seeking to punish it for taking Trump’s account offline — a decision the San Francisco-based social media company says is protected free speech. It asks a judge to declare the decision to be under the gambit of the First Amendment and to, in essence, halt Paxton’s investigation.

“Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees,” lawyers for the company wrote in the suit filed in a Northern California court.

Spokespersons for Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday evening.

Twitter’s counterpunch comes as states, in addition to federal lawmakers and governments outside the U.S., are cracking down on tech companies they see as having amassed too much power in the past decade. This includes antitrust and anti-monopoly regulation, internet privacy laws as well as attempts to regulate how platforms like Twitter, Facebook and others moderate their sites.

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In December, Paxton led 10 Republican attorneys general in suing Google for allegedly running an illegal digital-advertising monopoly in cahoots with Facebook.

GOP politicians in roughly two dozen states have also introduced bills that would allow for civil lawsuits against platforms for what they call the “censorship” of posts. Almost always, this means what they view as the censorship of conservative or Christian religious viewpoints.

While there is no evidence that tech companies are biased against conservatives, the narrative has been popular with Republicans since before President Trump was elected and only grew louder throughout his term. Trump getting banned for life from Twitter and suspended temporarily from Facebook after inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riots only reinforced it.

In launching his investigation, Paxton cited the First Amendment when he says tech companies’ banishment of Trump “chills free speech” and “wholly silences” those who disagree with them.

However, Twitter — as well as the other companies Paxton targeted, including Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon — is a private firm, so the First Amendment does not apply to its decisions on what material to allow on its services. Unlike the government, Twitter is allowed to silence people. The company had long given Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behaviors. But after five people were killed at the Capitol riot, the company said Trump’s tweets amounted to glorification of violence while plans were circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

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Twitter’s suit comes as Paxton is facing other legal challenges, including an FBI investigation into claims that he used his office to benefit a wealthy donor.

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