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Donald Trump condemns the violence and the Twitter founder questions the decision to ban the tycoon
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Donald Trump condemns the violence and the Twitter founder questions the decision to ban the tycoon

Donald Trump condemns the violence: The outgoing President of the United States, Donald Trump, said he brought in thousands of national security personnel to protect Washington DC, and to ensure a safe transfer of power. In a videotaped speech on Thursday, he condemned the violence that took place in Capitol Hill last week, adding that “those who participated in the violence will be brought before the law.”

Donald Trump added that “there is no real supporter of mine who could threaten or attack an American citizen.” The outgoing President said the United States is witnessing an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression, referring to the closure of his social media accounts following the violence. Trump appeared calmer during his speech and no longer mentioned the rigged elections as in the past, but did not acknowledge his electoral defeat.

Trump became the first president in US history to be referred to the Senate twice for impeachment, after the Parliament accused him on Wednesday of inciting rebellion after a mob of his supporters stormed the country Capitol on January 6. A week before The Donald leaves the White House, with 232 votes, 191 all Democratic lawmakers and ten Republicans voted in favor of the impeachment decision. According to Agence France-Presse, Trump’s trial in the Senate is expected to begin after his term ends on January 20.

And because Democrats control the House of Representatives, the prosecution’s approval has been guaranteed. But the most important question that worried Americans on Wednesday is how many Republicans defect and join the Democratic majority. Among the ten Republicans who have defected is Representative Liz Cheney, considered the party’s third-senior official in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday evening, the democratic House president Nancy Pelosi found that the indictment just passed by the House against the outgoing, for his second trial before the Senate, to impeach him proves that “no one is above the law.” During signing the indictment in preparation for the referral to the Senate, that the House of Representatives demonstrated today, with bipartisan participation, that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States, reiterating the warning that Trump represents an “obvious and immediate danger” to the country.

Twitter founder and president Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that the social platform’s decision to impose a ban on Donald Trump was the “right choice,” but still a failure and sets a dangerous precedent for the amount of power enjoyed by major Internet companies.

In a series of tweets addressing the company’s decision to stop Trump from using the platform indefinitely, Dorsey said this ban represents a failure on Twitter’s part to foster a healthy conversation on the internet. Dorsey added that the ban on Trump, who had more than 88 million followers on his Twitter account, sets a precedent that strikes me as dangerous: the power an individual or company enjoys over part of the public conversation.

Stop censuring dissent: MENA activists to Facebook, Twitter
Middle East & Africa

Stop censuring dissent: MENA activists to Facebook, Twitter

Stop censuring dissent: Activists write open letter to Twitter, Facebook, urging to stop silencing critical voices in MENA

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, around 17 human rights organizations from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have issued a letter to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, condemning their actions to silence critical opinions from marginalised and oppressed communities in the region.

During the Arab Spring, citizens and activists across MENA countries used social media to raise voices and push for social justice and political change. For years now, thousands of peaceful protesters and activists have relied on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to draw the attention of the world to various causes including police brutality and climate change in their respective countries. 

However, in recent years, social media platforms have introduced a number of policies and content moderation policies that have resulted in silencing and effacing dissent voices. 

In the letter, the signatories have alleged that Facebook and Twitter have censored key activists, journalists, and other changemakers throughout the region. 

The signatories including journalists,  activists, and human rights organizations said that they have come together to voice their frustration and dismay at the practices of social media platforms in suppressing the opinions of marginalized and oppressed communities across Middle East and North Africa.

“These platforms often fail to protect human rights defenders when concerns are raised,” the statement said.

They added that arbitrary and non-transparent account suspension and removal of political and critical speech have become frequent acts. They have enlisted a number of incidents where Facebook and Twitter disabled the accounts of activists and journalists in countries like Syria, Tunisia, Egypt and Palestine to silent their voices.  

“The MENA region has one of the world’s worst records on freedom of expression, and social media remains critical for helping people connect, organize, and document human rights violations and abuses,” the statement added. 

In the letter, human rights organisations urged the social media giants to not “be complicit in censorship and erasure of oppressed communities’ narratives and histories.”

They further suggested a number of measures to Facebook and Twitter to ensure that users are treated fairly and they are able to voice their opinion freely.

They called on the social media giants to actively engage activists, local users, human rights defenders and civil society members from MENA countries in a bid to address the concerns of unfair discrimination. In addition, they called on the social media platforms to invest in regional expertise to design and implement context-based content moderation decisions in line with the prevailing human rights frameworks across the MENA region. 

Human rights defenders also appealed the platforms to pay special focus on such incidents related to war and conflict zones in a bid to ensure that content moderation procedures do not target marginalized communities in the region. It will also help in ensuring greater transparency across the platforms. 

Twitter suspends Pennsylvania Senator after election integrity hearing
Americas

Twitter suspends Pennsylvania Senator after election integrity hearing

Twitter suspends Pennsylvania Senator: The operations Twitter account of Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano, who directed Wednesday’s election integrity recording, has been halted. Senator Mastriano of Pennsylvania’s 33rd District arranged and chaired the conference in the state’s Senate Thursday on election integrity that highlighted an appearance by President Donald Trump.

Conservative critic Jack Posobiec was the first to remark that Senator Mastriano’s campaign account had then been banned by Twitter after the hearing.  Apparently, there has been no reason provided as to why the Twitter account of the Senator was suspended from the Social Network as it happens to millions of users.

https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1331760916745101312

During the conference, Senator Mastriano had slammed the election chaos, which he said was completely by scheme. “We move heaven and earth with American dollars to secure elections in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere. We can’t do it in our own state?” Mastriano said. “There’s people in Pennsylvania not interested in safe, secure elections.” Many personalities also asserted that they had beheld what appeared to be firm irregularities with the election. 

The GOP vote calculation observer Justin Kweder introduced a ground-breaking record in which he claimed that hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots were scored without any proper error. He emphasized that it was impossible for onlookers to see what the workers were doing in any position, due to the fact that operators had raised a barrier that they were required to be behind.

Ironically, Big Tech had also been invited out during the recording by Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. Giuliani affirmed that Big Tech firms like Twitter and Facebook have banned conservatives and followers of President Trump because “it’s almost as if they’re afraid” that Americans will discover the realities.

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