Meghan McCain Rages Against Twitter, Jack Dorsey: A Photo of a ‘Glock Pointed at My Head’ Was Allowed to Go Viral

Meghan McCain went after Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Thursday as she raised questions about the offensive and provocative material allowed to stay up on the social networking site. McCain’s comments came during a conversation on The View about Twitter deciding that a video of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan comparing Jews to termites is not a violation of their rules. The panel pored through Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic comments, and discussed how much protection those types of remarks have under the First Amendment, and whether Twitter needs a new policy dealing with such statements. McCain recalled a picture of her that got traction online while she was grieving for her father, the late Senator John McCain. The image showed a photoshopped gun being pointed at the head of the senator’s daughter while she tearfully stood at her dad’s casket. McCain said the picture was only Continue reading "Meghan McCain Rages Against Twitter, Jack Dorsey: A Photo of a ‘Glock Pointed at My Head’ Was Allowed to Go Viral"

Kanye West Says Jack Dorsey Working on ‘Reprogramming’ Twitter to Allow People to Remove Followers and Likes

Kanye West live streamed a 10-minute video of himself on Saturday night, in which he claimed that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he was working on reprogramming Twitter to remove followers and likes. In a live stream video on Periscope titled “Mind control” — which you can watch above — the rapper, producer and designer spoke out about his controversial appearance in the White House alongside President Donald Trump. He pushed back on his critics, accusing them of trying to control him and offered criticism of social media — even invoking Ayn Rand. West also revealed that he had spoken to Dorsey earlier on Saturday. “[Dorsey] said they’re working for the next four months on reprogramming to allow people to take off the followers, and allow people to take off the, you know, take off the likes. Because that works against your self-worth,” West said. “The beauty you have is Continue reading "Kanye West Says Jack Dorsey Working on ‘Reprogramming’ Twitter to Allow People to Remove Followers and Likes"

Laura Loomer Crashes Jack Dorsey Hearing, Drowned Out by GOP Rep. Doing an Amazing Auctioneer Voice

Alt-right provocateur Laura Loomer tried to interrupt Jack Dorsey during his congressional hearing today, though depending on where you sat in Congress, you might not have noticed because you were distracted by the hilarious mockery she got from Congressman Billy Long (R-MO). Loomer teamed up with Alex Jones and his motley crew of conspiracy-peddling whack jobs as they went around Congress to bemoan conservative censorship on social media. When Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about this alleged suppression, Loomer got up and started screaming about how the Twitter CEO is a “liar” and trying to use his platform to swing the midterm elections. If Loomer was looking to be taken seriously though, it looks like it didn’t work. How do we know? Well, since she was too far away for Long to hear her rambling, he called on his experience as an auctioneer and joked the Continue reading "Laura Loomer Crashes Jack Dorsey Hearing, Drowned Out by GOP Rep. Doing an Amazing Auctioneer Voice"

Dem Rep. Tees Off on Republicans’ Twitter Complaints During Jack Dorsey Hearing: ‘It’s a Load of Crap’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a number of issues regarding the social media giant, including Republican complaints of alleged censorship of conservatives. Congresman Mike Doyle (D- PA) read off statements by President Donald Trump and other Republicans making claims against Twitter that Dorsey said were just false. “The premise of this whole hearing and the reason that Twitter somehow… got the singular honor to sit in front of this committee,” Doyle said, “is because there’s some implication that your site is trying to censor conservative voices on your platform.” He spoke with Dorsey about being an “equal opportunity shadow-banner” that isn’t solely targeting Republicans and asked, “Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively Continue reading "Dem Rep. Tees Off on Republicans’ Twitter Complaints During Jack Dorsey Hearing: ‘It’s a Load of Crap’"

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We Were Too Slow to Respond to Russian Interference, ‘That is On Us’

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are on Capitol Hill today answering questions about foreign influence and use of social media for disruption and other bad acts. In her opening remarks, Facebook’s Sandberg took responsibility on behalf of the company for their slow response to Russian interference in 2016. “At its best, Facebook plays a positive role in our democracy, enabling representatives to connect with their constituents, reminding people to register and to vote, and giving people a place to freely express their opinions about the issues that matter to them,” Sandberg began. “However, we’ve also seen what can happen when our service is abused.” “As a bipartisan report from this committee said, Russia used social media as part of, and I quote, a comprehensive and multi-faceted campaign to sow discord, undermine democratic institutions, and interfere in U.S. elections and those of our allies,” she Continue reading "Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We Were Too Slow to Respond to Russian Interference, ‘That is On Us’"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Reportedly Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones on Platform

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told a confidant that he overruled his staff on booting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off the platform, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Amidst a raging public debate last month over whether Jones should be removed from social media platforms, Facebook, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube all banned the controversial personality. Jones and his website Infowars still have a place on Twitter, however. And per the Wall Street Journal, Dorsey personally made the call:
Last month, after Twitter’s controversial decision to allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on its platform, Mr. Dorsey told one person that he had overruled a decision by his staff to kick Mr. Jones off, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Twitter disputes that account and says Mr. Dorsey wasn’t involved in those discussions.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Set to Testify Before House Committee Next Month

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 5. Dorsey’s appearance was confirmed by the committee in a tweet on Friday. Dorsey’s planned appearance, which was first discussed in May, comes in response to increasing public scrutiny of Twitter. Twitter previously confirmed Dorsey was willing to attend and framed the testimony as part of Twitter’s “regular outreach.” “As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the head of the committee Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Set to Testify Before House Committee Next Month"