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How tweet it is: Twitter backs down, unlocks Post's account - UPDATES

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Twitter backed down Friday in its battle with The Post and unlocked its main account after a two-week stalemate over the Hunter Biden exposé.

The move came after The Post refused Twitter's demand that it delete six tweets that linked to stories that the company claimed — without any evidence — were based on hacked information.

The Post never budged, and kept the tweets on the account during the standoff — even as Twitter obscured them from view.

In a series of tweets, the social-media giant said it was revising its "Hacked Materials Policy" and "updating our practice of not retroactively overturning prior enforcement."

"Our policies are living documents," said one of the tweets from @TwitterSafety.

"We're willing to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback from the public."

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UPDATE 30/10/2020:
CNN's Jake Tapper just couldn't help himself, chiming in on shaming the NYP's refusal to bow to Twitter:
Tapper reportedly spoke with a Twitter executive about the decision, but merely shrugged at Twitter's excuse for the blatant censorship.

"Since Twitter has locked out the NYPost for violating rules that no longer stand as rules (but Twitter won't revisit past enforcement decisions) the NY Post COULD end this standoff by deleting the tweets that broke the rules (thus unlocking its account) then tweet them out again," he wrote.

"I asked a Twitter exec if this was possible, he said yes and it would end the whole thing. Probably take 15 seconds," Tapper continued.

In a robust validation of the 'Streisand Effect' as reported above, the Post gained more than 190K followers while it was locked out of its Twitter account:
That number represents a 10.6 percent increase in just about two weeks, according to analytics tool Social Blade.

The spike came as Twitter blocked the news organization from posting during that time period.
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A tweet announcing The Post's return to the social media site on Friday evening quickly went viral, racking up more than 17,000 retweets and close to 50,000 likes in about an hour.

The move came after The Post refused Twitter's demand that it delete six tweets that linked to stories that the company claimed — without any evidence — were based on hacked information.

The Post never budged, and kept the tweets on the account during the standoff.

Red Flag

Kyle Rittenhouse sent to Wisconsin to face charges in Kenosha protest shootings

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Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan. A Lake County judge ruled that Rittenhouse should be sent to Wisconsin to face charges stemming from the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third during protests in Kenosha in August.
Lake County authorities on Friday afternoon handed off Kyle Rittenhouse to police in Wisconsin, where he faces charges stemming from the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third during August protests in Kenosha, officials said.

Shortly after a judge ruled the Antioch 17-year-old should be extradited, Lake County sheriff's deputies drove him to the border and passed him to deputies from the Kenosha County sheriff's department, said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County sheriff's office.

Rittenhouse — who is charged with murder and several other counts — was booked into the jail in Kenosha shortly after that, said Sgt. David Wright of the Kenosha County sheriff's department. Rittenhouse's lawyers had voiced concerns for his safety in an adult lockup, but Wright said the teen would be held in a cell for juvenile detainees at the facility.

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Dr Mike Yeadon: Three Coronavirus facts No 10's experts got wrong

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Earlier this week, my wife and I were congratulating ourselves on being in France, far from the draconian Covid restrictions now spreading throughout Britain.

Then, on Thursday, with less than 24 hours' notice, President Emmanuel Macron announced his plan to plunge the French into a second national lockdown for at least a month.

And if everything I hear and read about the UK is to be believed, this country is heading in the same direction.


Ohio: 109 victims rescued after statewide anti-human trafficking operation

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More than 100 human trafficking victims were rescued following a statewide anti-human trafficking crack down called "Operation Autumn Hope," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday.

The operation was made up of over 50 police departments in Ohio and social service agencies that provided resources to the victims.

"Operation Autumn Hope" carried out four key priorities:
  • Rescuing victims of human trafficking and referring them to social services
  • Recovering missing and exploited children
  • Apprehending those seeking to have sex with a minor
  • Arresting male johns seeking to buy sex

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Snakes in Suits

New Zealanders vote 'yes' to euthanasia, 'no' to legalising cannabis

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A person casts their referendum vote during election day on October 17.
Two-thirds of New Zealand voters have chosen to legalise euthanasia, but a push to legalise marijuana for recreational use has been narrowly defeated.

The country's election commission on Friday released the preliminary results of two referendums held on the same day as the October 17 parliamentary election.

Of the 2,415,547 people who cast ballots, 65.2 per cent voted to support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 — the euthanasia bill — which will now come into effect on November 6, 2021.

Comment: See also: New Zealand overtakes UK's record with most gay MPs in parliament


FBI warns of 'imminent cybercrime threat to US HOSPITALS,' sending media & pundits into overdrive to blame 'Russian hackers'

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Federal agencies have warned of an impending wave of cyber attacks on US hospitals they say could affect operations amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as corporate media outlets race to find ways to blame Moscow free of any evidence.

The FBI, CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint statement on Wednesday sounding alarms over the "imminent" hacking operations, assessing that "malicious cyber actors are targeting the [Healthcare and Public Health] Sector with Trickbot malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services."
These issues will be particularly challenging for organizations within the Covid-19 pandemic; therefore, administrators will need to balance this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments.

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Two dead after oxygen supply booth explodes at ICU in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Chelyabinsk prosecutor Vitaly Lopin said that 2 patients died after oxygen was cut by the explosion.
Sixteen ambulances were working at the site, transporting all patients of Chelyabinsk number 2 hospital to other hospitals, and to a building of the nearby Yelesina football ground.

'There were 158 patients at the hospital, 3 of them on artificial lung ventilation. Ambulances are taking these patients now', a Chelyabinsk city hall representative said.

At least 75 of the patients were Covid-19 positive, some of them were taken to Chelyabinsk city clinical hospital number 1.


So much for 'privilege'! Asian women achieve higher median income than WHITE MEN, blowing identity politics out of water

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In this Dec. 5, 2018 photo, actress-rapper Awkwafina poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Awkwafina, who appeared in the film, "Crazy Rich Asians," was named as one of eight Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year by the Associated Press.
A report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on weekly earnings in the third quarter has revealed that Asian women earned more on average during that period than those who supposedly enjoy the ultimate privilege: white men.

Released earlier this month, the report went viral on Friday, with social media posters pointing out the apparent tectonic shift in America's racial narrative: Asian women in the US have been earning $1,224 per week on average, compared to white men's $1,122.

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Are we going to witness the worst national emotional meltdown in US history once this election is over?

Right now we are experiencing the calm before the storm. Many Biden supporters believe that a Trump victory would literally be the worst thing that could possibly happen to our country, but at the moment most of them are quite confident that Biden will win. Likewise, many Trump supporters are absolutely convinced that we will plunge into a horrifying socialist abyss if Biden wins, but for now most of them are convinced that the polls are wrong and that Trump will pull out another victory in November. So with just a little over a week until Election Day, most Americans that really care about politics are pacified because they believe that a positive outcome is right around the corner.

But soon that will change, and tens of millions of Americans will simultaneously melt down emotionally right in front of our eyes.

I think that just about everyone realizes that this national temper tantrum is coming. It is just that most of those that deeply care about politics assume that it will happen to the other side.

At this point, even Facebook is preparing for the worst. In fact, they are getting ready to implement "emergency measures" that are usually reserved for the most "at-risk" countries...
As the U.S. braces for election-related unrest next month, Facebook executives are implementing emergency measures reserved for "at-risk" countries in a company-wide effort to bring down the online temperature.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the social media giant plans to limit the spread of viral content and lower the benchmark for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts using internal tools previously deployed in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Comment: Except that agitating for violence in case of an unwanted outcome seems to be coming by and large from the left - and not the right.


Twitter deletes tweet from former Malaysia PM claiming Muslims have a right to 'kill millions of French people'

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Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Twitter removed an incendiary tweet from the former prime minister of Malaysia on Thursday that claimed Muslims have the right to kill millions of French people.

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 95, who served as the fourth and seventh prime minister of Malaysia and remains in its parliament, addressed the recent turmoil roiling France in a blog post that was also posted as a lengthy Twitter thread. He wrote in part:
"Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past. But by and large the Muslims have not applied the 'eye for an eye' law. Muslims don't. The French shouldn't. Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims' religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French."
Urging the West to refrain from forcing their values on other cultures, Mohamad also railed against French President Emmanuel Macron as "very primitive" for pinpointing Islam as the reason an 18-year-old Muslim recently beheaded a Paris teacher who had shown his students a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Comment: The beheading of the French teacher displaying Charlie Hebdo cartoons to his class and the church killings have now escalated into an international controversy:
Malaysia's foreign ministry has summoned the French ambassador in Kuala Lumpur to complain over what it called hate speech and attempts to defame Islam by top officials in France, including President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron has defended the display of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in French classrooms and vowed to intensify efforts to prevent radical Islam from subverting the country's European values.

On his arrival to the foreign ministry, French charge d'affaires Gilles Barrier was told that Malaysia strongly condemns "any inflammatory rhetoric and provocative acts that seek to defame the religion of Islam adding that such behavior "doesn't bode well for the peaceful co-existence of all religions."

In a separate statement, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein insisted that freedom of expression, which Paris was defending in the form of the cartoons, shouldn't infringe or violate the rights of another.

"In this context, to denigrate and tarnish Islam's Holy Prophet and to associate Islam with terrorism are certainly beyond the scope of such rights," he said.
Hey Twitter - where's the censorship? In addition to the beheading and the slaughter at the church in Nice, other incidents are adding to this new frenzy:
Police in Avignon shot another knifeman dead as he lunged for them shouting the Arabic slogan; and in Saudi Arabia, police arrested a man who stabbed a guard outside the French consulate in Jeddah. All three attacks come amid a countrywide crackdown on Islamic extremism.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took to Twitter seemingly in a bid to defend the attackers.

His comments on France triggered another wave of condemnation, but some pundits were also outraged at Twitter for allowing his tweets to remain online, despite censoring US President Donald Trump and banning links to damaging information about his election opponent, Joe Biden.

Twitter did attach a notice to the tweet later on Thursday, warning viewers that while it glorified violence, "it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his platform's censorship of Trump and his supporters. When asked why Twitter removed tweets by the president about mail-in voting but allowed Iran's Ayatollah to post threats to Israel, Dorsey replied that Trump's comments "can cause more immediate harm."
Cartoon's mockery irks Erdogan who vowed to take aim at France with legal recourse and 'diplomatic actions, no less! Ankara prosecutor's office then launched an "official investigation" into the Charlie Hebdo publication:
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Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter:
"We strongly condemn the publication concerning our President in the French magazine which has no respect for any belief, sacredness and values. They are just showing their own vulgarity and immorality. An attack on personal rights is not humour and freedom of expression. I condemn this incorrigible French rag's immoral publication concerning our president."
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay wrote on Twitter. "I call on the moral and conscientious international community to speak out against this disgrace."

Tensions between France and Turkey increased over the weekend when Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara.

On Wednesday, France's government spokesman said the country would not give in to "destabilisation and intimidation attempts", and would continue its fight against Islamic extremism. France "will never renounce its principles and values," spokesman Gabriel Attal said after a cabinet meeting, underscoring "a strong European unity" behind its stance.

The European Commission has warned that Erdogan's comments make Turkey's stalled bid to join the EU an even more distant prospect. EU spokesman Peter Stano said: "We clearly expect a change in action and declarations from the Turkish side."
Europe is returning to barbarism...apparently through blasphemous cartoons:
Erdogan contended that the hateful, anti-Islam policies of Macron and the republication of Charlie Hebdo's caricature of the Prophet Mohammed were a sign that Europe is returning to barbarism. He also condemned European intervention in Lebanon, Algeria and Rwanda. He claimed that Europe has invaded "every country" in Africa to look for "diamonds, phosphate and gold."

"You are the murderers," he declared. It is like they want to start the Crusades again. Since the Crusades, the seeds of sedition and hatred that came from Europe began to fall on these lands, and then peace was broken.

He said he is not saddened or angered because of the abominable assault on him personally, but because it is the same source that disrespected the Prophet Mohammed. Ankara has already warned that it is preparing legal action in response to the caricature of Erdogan.

The rhetoric and actions of the French president and his government have angered many Muslims around the world, with leaders in Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Iran, and Egypt, among others, slamming Macron and calling for a boycott on French goods.
French Interior Minister Darmanin reveals further plans to counter 'Islamic terrorism' threats:
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told France-Inter Radio that security operations will be ramped up at religious sites as the country faces an increased terrorist threat ahead of All Saints' Day on November 1 aimed to tackle "rampant Islamism which is arming people ideologically."

He announced further plans to crackdown on Islamist groups in France - highlighting two groups, the NGO Baraka City and the CCIF (Collective against Islamophobia in France).

"There is a battle against an Islamist ideology. We must not back down," Darmanin said, adding, however, that the Muslim religion "has all its place in the republic." The minister also hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that foreign leaders had no right to meddle in France's concerns.

The French government issued a warning to French expatriates on Tuesday, urging vigilance as anti-French sentiment surges.
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