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Reddit Bans Popular Pro-Trump Forum

r/The_Donald was booted in crackdown on hate speech

(Newser) - A popular Reddit forum that described itself as "a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States" has been banned as part of the site's crackdown on hate speech. The r/The_Donald subreddit, launched in the early days of President Trump's campaign in 2015, was... 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 »

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 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 »

Online Posts by Soccer Player's Wife Get Him Cut

LA Galaxy forward Aleksandar Katai's wife, Tea, mocked George Floyd protesters online

(Newser) - The LA Galaxy soccer team cut its 29-year-old Serbian forward Aleksandar Katai on Friday, not because of anything he did, but because of his wife, report Deadline and CNN . The team had become aware that Tea Katai, also from Serbia, recently posted messages online mocking protesters at George Floyd demonstrations.... More »

Mayor Makes 'Uncalled For' Comment Against 'Troll'

Omaha's Jean Stothert accused Korean American of hiding 'behind symbols'—i.e., Korean alphabet

(Newser) - A Nebraska mayor who insisted she wouldn't apologize for an online comment has offered her mea culpa after all. NBC News reports the trouble started when Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert earlier this week put in place a city curfew due to protests over the death of George Floyd . Soyeon... More »

Snapchat Makes Big Move on Trump Account

'We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice'

(Newser) - Another social media giant has decided to take action against President Trump. Snap Inc. says it isn't going to ban Snapchat content from the president, or add warnings to certain bits of it, as Twitter has done—but it will stop promoting his account on the app. The company... More »

Zuckerberg Defends Trump Policy in Tense Meeting

He says the 'right action' is to leave president's posts up

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg held firm on his decision not to take action on President Trump's Facebook posts during what insiders say was a tense town hall meeting with employees Tuesday. The CEO told employees that it was a "tough decision," but a review of Facebook's policies shows... More »

Facebook Workers Rebel Over Policy on Trump Posts

Some of them are staging a 'virtual walkout'

(Newser) - In contrast to Twitter's new policy, Facebook has taken a hands-off approach to dealing with President Trump's posts—and it has caused a backlash that some employees say is the biggest challenge to Mark Zuckerberg's leadership in the company's history. With most Facebook employees working... More »

Trump Fires Back After Twitter Hides Tweet

He repeats call to 'Repeal Section 230!!!'

(Newser) - President Trump fired back Friday morning after Twitter hid one of his tweets behind a warning for "glorifying violence." He accused Twitter of enforcing its rules unevenly to target conservatives and renewed his call to regulate social media companies more stiffly. "Section 230 should be revoked by... More »

Trump's Order Could Upend 26 Key Words

An executive order might strip social media companies of legal protections under 1996 law

(Newser) - "This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!" President Trump tweeted Thursday morning. The reason? Late in the afternoon, he signed an executive order that could deal a big blow to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies. Among other things, the move could strip... More »

Trump's Next Move in Twitter War: Executive Order

Though it's not clear how much authority POTUS has to regulate social media

(Newser) - President Trump's feud with Twitter continues. The latest: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday night that the POTUS will soon sign an executive order aimed at social media companies, the AP reports. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said the move would come Thursday, but... More »

Will Facebook's 'Rooms' Doom Zoom?

New version of Messenger could be stiff competition for video-conferencing firm

(Newser) - Zoom's share price has more than doubled since the first coronavirus case was reported in the US—but a new Facebook feature could spell trouble for the company. The video conferencing company's shares surged late last week on news that it would be joining the Nasdaq 100, but... More »

Melania Trump Does What DJT Will Not Do

And she sends a message to the world

(Newser) - Melania Trump is having a moment in the midst of a pandemic, the AP reports. After catching some criticism for not mentioning the coronavirus in a March speech to a parent-teacher group, the first lady has increased her engagement on the issue, mostly through social media since she is staying... More »

Facebook Accidentally Deletes Un-Fake News

Users said anti-spam filter blocked links to coronavirus stories

(Newser) - Facebook says a bug in its anti-spam system temporarily blocked the publication of links to news stories about the coronavirus. Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of integrity, said Tuesday that the company was working on a fix for the problem. Users complained that links to news stories about school... More »

Trump Falls Afoul of New Twitter Policy

Altered video of Joe Biden was flagged as 'manipulated media'

(Newser) - A video retweeted by President Trump's account over the weekend was the first of the president's tweets to fall afoul of a new Twitter policy. The video of Joe Biden—originally tweeted by Dan Scavino, the White House social media director who oversees Trump's Twitter account—edited... More »

Users Poke Fun at Twitter's Name for Its Vanishing Tweets

'Fleets' is the name of another product

(Newser) - Twitter users are complaining that they asked for an edit function but are apparently getting self-destructing tweets instead. Twitter says it is testing the new format, called "Fleets," in Brazil and may introduce it to other markets later, TechCrunch reports. "Fleets are a way to share fleeting... More »

Middle Schoolers Arrested After TikTok 'Skullbreaker Challenge'

Prank gave classmate a major concussion

(Newser) - A middle school student in New Jersey was hospitalized with a major concussion and two of his classmates were arrested after the "skullbreaker challenge" lived up to its name. In the dangerous prank, which has gone viral on TikTok and other video platforms, two people tell a third person... More »

TSA to Employees: Stop Using TikTok

Agency halts use of app for social media posts

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues. Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David... More »

School Principal: Sorry for 'Visceral Reaction' to Kobe's Death

Washington state's Liza Sejkora said NBA star's death was 'karma'

(Newser) - While many are still mourning the death of Kobe Bryant , others are more ambivalent, considering the late NBA star had been arrested and accused of rape when he was 24 (the charges were eventually dropped, and Bryant settled with his accuser). Liza Sejkora, the principal of Camas High School in... More »

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