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Donald Trump tries to make a new Twitter – and it doesn’t go to plan

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Twitter has suspended several accounts this week that had been set up to share statements from a new part of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s website.

Twitter says those accounts broke the platform’s rules against evading an account ban.

Former President Trump has been banned from Twitter, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

Mr. Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and multiple other social media platforms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

On Tuesday, a page was added to Trump’s site, dubbed “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” where he posts messages that can be shared by his audience to both Twitter and Facebook.

“As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,”

a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

Will Trump return on social media?

It is still unclear if former President Donald Trump will return to social media.

Facebook’s oversight on Thursday announced the ban on Trump will stay in place – for now.

The former president’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board – meaning he will stay banned off the platform at least for now. 

In the landmark decision, the board found that Trump’s actions surrounding the January 6 Capitol riots “severely violated” Facebook’s policies.

It also says Trump’s posts “created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.”

However, the board warns that this decision must be reviewed regularly.

Known as the ‘court for facebook’ – they criticized Facebook’s initial moves to make Trump’s blockage “indefinite”.

The board has ordered Facebook to review the decision and “justify a proportionate response” that is applied to everyone, including ordinary users.

And over at the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration will not make any comments on the future of the former President’s account.

So, as it stands the “@realDonaldTrump” Facebook account will continue to stay deactivated – at least for now, but he could always be back in the future.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Gucci goes big in metaverse with new Vault Art Space

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Forward thinkers who love fashion, this exhibit is for you

Luxury brand Gucci has opened a Vault Art Space as it continues to explore the art world and the metaverse

Gucci inaugurated the gallery in a partnership with NFT marketplace SuperRare

The debut exhibit is titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci”

Spring Cry by Alanna Vanacore

Keep your eye out for a special selection of NFT artworks, each a collectible fragment of Gucci’s heritage.

The artworks are showcased and auctioned off directly on Vault’s website in three drops between now and the end of July.

All sales will be in Ethereum.

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Samsung penalised for misleading Galaxy phone users

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Samsung Electronics Australia will pay $14 million after admitting that it misled customers about its phone’s waterproof capabilities

The false or misleading claims were made about the water resistance of several phones, including the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 8 Samsung Galaxy phones.

It’s understood there were more than 3.1 million of these Galaxy phones sold in Australia.

The company says if the phones were submerged in pool or sea water there was chance of the charging port being corroded and stop working if the phone was charged while still wet.

“The phones would display a warning message to discourage consumers from attempting to charge the phones while water was in the charging port,” the company said.

“The phones also had inbuilt systems to minimise the prospect of corrosion if the phones were attempted to be charged while water remained in the charging port.”

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Australia’s consumer watchdog says they reviewed hundreds of complaints from customers who experienced issues with their Galaxy phones.

“The case only relates to a prospect of corrosion of the charging port (if charged while pool or
sea water remained in the charging port), and only following submersion in pool or sea
water. It does not relate to water resistance generally,” the company explained.

Affected customers are urged to contact Samsung.

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Netflix laying off 150 employees amid low revenue and subscriber loss

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Netflix is set to implement new cost cutting measures citing the low revenue growth

The largest streaming platform is laying off 150 staffers across the company with most of the cuts focused on the US office.

The layoff represents nearly 2% of the company’s total workforce of 11,000 employees.

One of Netflix’s representatives, while talking about the layoff, told CNBC

These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues.

This comes less than a month after the company recorded a fall in the number of subscribers.

Netflix shares have gone down significantly since January and the forecast shows further subscriber loss in the next quarter.

The company likely plans to introduce ads to the service or any one of its tiers after being ad free for years.

There might also be actions to prevent password sharing or charging users for doing so.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report

 

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