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Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides

Retweet of 'white power' video caused a ruckus, but he had left for golf course

(Newser) - President Trump set off a firestorm Sunday morning when he retweeted a video (watch it here , but note language) of a Trump supporter shouting "white power" to counterprotesters in a Florida retirement community. The tweet came down about three hours later, and the White House said Trump hadn't... More »

Ivanka Trump Under Fire Over 'Skills-Based Hiring'

The president's daughter unveils a policy initiative

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump can't win or she walked right into it—take your pick. Either way, the president's daughter is being mocked online after unveiling a new government strategy Friday to prioritize "skills-based hiring," the Huffington Post reports. "We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates... More »

Industry Giant Joins Boycott of Facebook, Twitter

Unilever won't buy ads on Facebook or Twitter for the rest of 2020

(Newser) - Unilever has announced that it will pull its advertising from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—joining the campaign to pressure the social media companies to do more to combat hate speech and disinformation on their sites. Unilever owns a list of well-known consumer brands, including Dove, Lipton, Hellmann's, and Vaseline.... More »

Twitter Rival Sees Huge Surge in 3 Days

Migration follows banning of pro-Trump accounts

(Newser) - It's not quite a stampede, but a migration of conservative Twitter users to rival Parler accelerated this week after Twitter shut down two prominent pro-Trump accounts. Some 500,000 new users signed up to Parler in the space of three days, boosting its total to 1.5 million, compared... More »

Parody Cow to Devin Nunes: 'Good Moooos'

Judge rules congressman can't sue Twitter over insulting accounts

(Newser) - A judge has delivered a blow to California Rep. Devin Nunes in ruling that he can't sue Twitter over insults posted by a fake internet cow . In a Friday decision, Judge John Marshall of Virginia wrote that Twitter was "immune from the defamation claims" under a federal law... More »

Trump Tweet Gets 'Abusive Behavior' Warning

He said DC protesters would be met with 'serious force'

(Newser) - Twitter has slapped a warning on another tweet from President Trump, this time for "abusive behavior." The tweet, in which the president threatened "serious force" against protesters in Washington, DC, is now hidden behind a warning label, reports Reuters . "There will never be an 'Autonomous... More »

Trump Pushes New Theme on Mail-In Voting

He and William Barr say foreign governments could rig ballots

(Newser) - President Trump has been arguing for a while that mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud, and he pushed a new theme on that front in not-so-subtle terms Monday. In an all-caps tweet , he warned: "RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS.... More »

Trump Cites His 'Biggest Risk' in Election

Voting by mail, he tells Politico in interview

(Newser) - President Trump says he's worried about one thing above all others when it comes to his reelection: voting by mail. In an interview with Politico , he reiterated his view that widespread use of the practice will lead to fraud. "My biggest risk is that we don't win... More »

Trump Tweet Flagged as 'Manipulated Media'

Video added fake CNN headline to clip of toddlers

(Newser) - Twitter has flagged a tweet from President Trump that faked a news story to complain about fake news. The Thursday tweet —the third from the president to be flagged by Twitter—featured an edited version of a video clip that went viral last year, with two toddlers, one black... More »

Zuckerberg, Chan: We're Just 'Disgusted'

Facebook's founder responds to scientists

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are responding to over 200 scientists who criticized Facebook —but what this means for the tech giant remains unclear, the Hill reports. "We take your concerns seriously and to heart," the couple wrote in a letter to scientists associated with... More »

There's Now an Extra Step to Tweeting Unread Articles

Android users may encounter prompt designed to 'promote informed discussion'

(Newser) - You may hear from Twitter if trying to share on the platform an article that you haven't actually read. In an effort to crack down on the longstanding issue of unread links, Twitter is testing a new feature on Android devices, reports the Guardian . “Sharing an article can... More »

Twitter CEO Announces New Company Holiday 'Forevermore'

Jack Dorsey says Twitter will make Juneteenth an official company holiday for US workers

(Newser) - As company after company puts out ads and sends out emails expressing their support for black Americans in the wake of the killing of George Floyd , Forbes notes that some, especially in the tech world, have been slammed for being all talk, no action. Twitter is looking to separate itself... More »

'Oh Lord': How GOP Senators Responded to Trump Tweet

Many Republicans simply say they haven't seen it, continue on their way

(Newser) - What do Republicans think of President Trump's most controversial tweets? Conveniently enough, they apparently haven't read them. The New York Times reports that journalists printed out copies of the most recent example— Trump's suggestion that the man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo was actually... More »

College Probes Professor After 'Black Privilege' Remarks

University of Central Florida looking into complaints of bias against Charles Negy

(Newser) - A longtime tenured psychology professor at the University of Central Florida is under fire after a series of online posts. Per the New York Times , Negy, who has written a book about "white Americans under siege," recently put up multiple tweets that he acknowledged "will infuriate folks.... More »

This Account Tweeted Trump's Own Words. It Got Suspended

It took less than 72 hours for @SuspendThePres to get shut down, albeit temporarily

(Newser) - Twitter has been trying to get a handle on President Trump's tweets, fact-checking some and slapping a shield over another for "glorifying violence." But as USA Today notes, the platform won't suspend the president's account, a non-move that's drawn criticism from many who say... More »

Ominous Tweet Tied to White Nationalists, Not Antifa

Twitter suspends account that posted message hinting of more violence to come

(Newser) - As if tensions weren't high enough with the George Floyd protests taking place across America, an ominous message circulated Sunday night that seemed to hint at more violence to come—and it appeared to be linked to antifa . "Tonight's the night, Comrades," the @ANTIFA_US account said... More »

Another High-Profile Republican Hit With Twitter Flag

Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested 'hunting down' antifa

(Newser) - Twitter slapped a warning label on a tweet from another high-profile Republican on Monday. This time it was Rep. Matt Gaetz, a congressman from Florida whom Politico refers to as "one of President Donald Trump’s fiercest allies." After Trump said the US would declare antifa a terrorist... More »

Please, Jack, Pull the Plug on Trump

Maureen Dowd wants Twitter CEO to take away the president's 140-character bully pulpit

(Newser) - Calling the president of the United States and Twitter "a match made in hell," Maureen Dowd is calling for Jack Dorsey to "pull the plug on" President Trump's account. "You could answer the existential question of whether @realDonaldTrump even exists if he doesn’t exist... More »

Taylor Swift Issues a Warning to Trump

'We will vote you out in November,' Swift tweeted after Trump's inflammatory 'shooting' tweet

(Newser) - It hasn't been a secret that Taylor Swift doesn't care for how President Trump has been running things, but she laid it even more out on the line on Friday. After Trump's inflammatory tweet regarding protesters for George Floyd , in which the president called the demonstrators "... More »

Trump: 'Haters' Are Distorting My Tweet About Looters

President says he doesn't want shooting to happen

(Newser) - President Trump's fight with Twitter has escalated further now that the site has restricted one of his tweets for "glorifying violence." Background and related coverage about the controversy:
  • The tweet: Early Friday, Trump was tweeting about the violence in Minneapolis . "....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory
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