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Twitter Files: Staffers felt Trump did not violate ‘incitement’ policy



Elon Musk promises more files soon regarding Twitter’s handling of Covid-19.

Before Elon Musk bought Twitter it was apparently filled with people who were willing to target Americans for their beliefs—and it went all the way to the top.

The latest revelations expose executives having conversations about changing the platform to go after one single person: Donald J. Trump.

Among the revelations, behind the scenes conversations on what led to then-President Trump being banned by Twitter.

Released on Monday, the fifth installment of Musk’s “Twitter Files” shows that staffers believed written tweets by former President Trump about Jan. 6 did not actually violate its policies, despite the company publicly saying so.

According to the Twitter document dump, Twitter execs worked behind the scenes to further restrict speech and lay the foundation to eventually and permanently ban President Trump

According to reports of internal communication: one staffer wrote in a group message, “I think we’d have a hard time saying this is incitement,” wrote one official. “It’s pretty clear he’s saying the ‘American Patriots’ are the ones who voted for him and not the terrorists (we can call them that, right?) from [Jan. 6].”:

“Don’t see the incitement angle here,” a second monitor agreed, while policy official Annika Navroli concurred: “I also am not seeing clear or coded incitement in the DJT tweet.”
“I’ll respond in the elections channel and say that our team has assessed and found no [violations] for the DJT one.”

Now, a key Republican lawmaker, Michael Waltz of Florida is calling for the new Congress to do something.

“The laws haven’t been updated since the 90s. They absolutely have to be. Antitrust I know it’s controversial, but you are going to see major action in this next Congress we’ve got to clean this up.”

On Dec. 2, the Twitter Files began with revelations of internal efforts to suppress the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story in 2020 and now, Musk is promising to release more details on how Twitter handled Covid-19.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net



Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act



U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’



Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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