Ted Cruz Twitter account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet

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Married Texas senator, who once defended a ban on sex dolls, asked to explain how his account came to like the graphic post

Texas senator Ted Cruz has been asked to explain himself after his official account “liked” a pornographic tweet.

Although liking a Twitter post does not necessarily share it, the tweet became available to view on Cruz’s confirmed profile, leading to series of awkward screenshots.

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A screenshot posted by Twitter user Ashley Feinberg of the pornographic tweet’ liked’ by Cruz’s account. Photograph: Ashley Feinberg/ Twitter

Catherine Frazier, Cruz’s senior communications adviser, said ” the offensive tweet positioned on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter “.

But this added to confusion about what had happened, because the like was not a tweet and Frazier’s statement implied that it was made by someone who should not have had access to Cruz’s account.

Catherine Frazier (@ catblackfrazier)

The offensive tweet positioned on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter

September 12, 2017

Cruz joked to reporters on Tuesday that” perhaps we should have done something like this during the Indiana primary “. Cruz finished second to Donald Trump in that state’s presidential primary, ultimately dooming his presidential campaign, which long suffered from the constant media attention are received by Trump.

The Texas senator went on to add” there are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently reached the like button “. When would like to know whether Cruz himself had liked the tweet, he told said:” It was a staffing issue, and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action .”

The mishap was particularly awkward due to Cruz’s support of conservative household values and his involvement in a court case in Texas about banning the use of sexuality toys.

In 2007, when he was Texas’s solicitor general, two sex doll companies sued to overrule the state’s outlaw on the sale of so-called marital assists. The state defended the ban in submissions partly written by Cruz’s office, which argued πŸ˜› TAGEND

There is no substantive due process right to induce one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.

The US supreme court subsequently found that there was no legality to the country interfering in the sexuality lives of consenting adults.

The liking of the pornographic post helped resurface a 2016 tweet from the Tv producer Craig Mazin, in which he said he shared a room with Cruz and his notion about genital stimulation were rather different to those expressed in the country argument.

Craig Mazin (@ clmazin)

Ted Cruz supposes people don’t have a right to “stimulate their genitals.” I was his college roommate. This would be a new notion of his.

April 13, 2016

Twitter users stimulated gags about the incident based on clips of the pornographic video liked by Cruz’s account.

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Kanye West may have transgressed the law by recording Taylor Swift call

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Kim Kardashian Wests posting of an audio recording of her husbands call with Swift discussing his song Famous may violate California wiretapping law

Kanye West could face legal action and even criminal prosecution as a result of his conflict with Taylor Swift if it turns out he secretly recorded telephone calls with her in California, according to legal experts.

Kim Kardashian West launched a media firestorm after she posted an audio recording of her husbands phone call with Swift discussing Kanye Wests new song Famous, which includes a line about the pop star.

In the song, Kanye raps: I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I constructed that bitch famous.

Kanye faced intense backlash for the lyric, prompting him to defend the anthem on Twitter in February, saying: I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and dedicated her blessings.

Swift appeared to address the line in a Grammys acceptance speech in February, when she told, I want to say to the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.

Now, Kanye and his reality Tv superstar wife are attacking Swift with the release of highly edited excerpts of a phone call recording on Kardashians Snapchat account. The audio includes Kanye citing an excerpt of a lyric and Swift saying, I truly appreciate you telling me about it, thats really nice.

Swift has since responded on Twitter , saying that Kanye secretly recorded the phone call.

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That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/ 4GJqdyykQu

If Kanye recorded the correspondence in California, where he and Kim Kardashian live, and failed to get Swifts consent, then he would have violated country statute, experts say.

In California, the wiretapping statute dictates two-party permission, which means its a crime to record or eavesdrop on all communications including a private conversation or phone call without the consent of all parties involved.

The law stipulates a possible punishment of a $2,500 fine or a year in district jail.

Outside of statutory injuries, Swift could seek civil damages through a lawsuit, which experts said is a more likely course of action.

California is an all-party consent wiretapping nation. What that means is, even on things like a conference call, before you record it, youre supposed to announce to everyone, Im going to record this bellow, told Chris Hoofnagle, prof of law at the University of California and an expert on privacy.

Theres civil and criminal liability, he said, adding that criminal prosecution would be unlikely in this kind of example, but that Swift could allege damages to her reputation.

Paul Schwartz, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, said Swift could also bringing a tort assert alleging public disclosure of private facts.

Representatives for Swift and Kanye West did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

People and TMZ have reported that Kanye West recorded the audio while in Los Angeles.

The recording of the conversation does not feature Kanye reading out the line I built that bitch famous, but he did read the rest of the lyric and asked for Swifts approval.
Go with whatever line you think is better, Swift responded. Its patently truly tongue in cheek, either way.

Wests video for Famous also triggered widespread criticisms, including from actor and novelist Lena Dunham, a friend of Swift, who said it was emblematic of rape culture. The video depicts Swift and other celebrities appearing to be naked next to West in bed.

Swifts statement released Sunday told, You dont get to control people emotional response to being called that bitch in front of the entire world.

She added, Of course I wanted to like the sung. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me I would love the anthem. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship.

Kanyes I built that bitch famous line is a reference to the 2009 MTV VMAs, when Kanye infamously interrupted Swifts acceptance speech, saying, Taylor, Im really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Beyonc had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time.

At that time, Swift was already a hugely successful and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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5 Podcasts to Play Alongside the Olympics This Week

3 months, 15 days ago

Unfortunately, its tricky to watch the Olympics or follow the most recent Trump social media exploits while on the job.( While actually doing the job, that is .) Fortunately, your commute offer valuable catch-up hour. This week, cue up these podcasts for the audio diaries of Claressa Shields, who won the first womens gold medal for middleweight boxing in 2012 at 16 years old, and a lively debate over how much teen Tumblrs and tweets will matter when a generation who grew up with social media runs for office. Thats not all–your commute can also include the family legacy of traveling salesmen, 3,000 self-righteous beatniks, and an opu about urban development activist Jane Jacobs.

Radio Diaries , “From Flint to Rio”

In 2012, 16 -year-old middleweight Claressa Shields won gold, in the first year that womens boxing stimulated it to the Olympics.( She’ll defend her title in the ring on Aug. 17.) Boxing was the last all-male event in the Olympics, and sexism still predominates the sport. Shields speaks candidly about her experiences as a female boxer growing up in Flint, Michigan before and after winning the gold, facing prescribed gender norms from her parent, her coach, and USA boxing officers, who suggested that she tone down her enthusiasm for the physicality of the athletic to get sponsorships.

In 2012, 16 -year-old middleweight Claressa Shields won gold, in the first year that womens boxing constructed it to the Olympics.( She’ll defend her title in the ring on Aug. 17.) Boxing was the last all-male event in the Olympics, and sexism still predominates the sport. Shields speaks candidly about her experiences as a female boxer growing up in Flint, Michigan before and after winning the gold, facing prescribed gender norms from her father, her coach, and USA boxing officials, who suggested that she tone down her enthusiasm for the physicality of the athletic to get sponsorships.

Flash Forward , “Revenge of the Retweet”

Teenage poetry and high school social theories are painful for anyone to read.( If youre in the mood for that various kinds of schadenfreude, listen to the excellent Mortified podcast .) But thats especially true for anyone who grew up with a LiveJournal or Facebook. Flash Forward investigates the political ramifications of our digital histories: How will Kim Kardashian fan Tumblrs and racist tweets come back to haunt political nominees in 2046? Plus, an interview with Laura Olin, who ran Obamas Twitter during his presidential campaigns, onhow Americans are relaxing their standards about a politicians previous beliefs.

Teenage poetry and high school social hypothesis are painful for anyone to read.( If youre in the mood for that various kinds of schadenfreude, listen to the excellent Mortified podcast .) But thats especially true for anyone who grew up with a LiveJournal or Facebook. Flash Forward explores the political ramifications of our digital histories: How will Kim Kardashian fan Tumblrs and racist tweets come back to haunt political candidates in 2046? Plus, an interview with Laura Olin, who ran Obamas Twitter during his presidential campaigns, onhow Americans are relaxing their standards about a legislators previous beliefs.

Placemakers , “Jane Jacobs”

In its first episode, Placemakers , the Slate podcast analyze people who shape their communities and spaces, looks at Jane Jacobs. In the 1950 s, Jacobs criticized urban renewal endeavors as ruining the American downtown, successfully defending her West Village neighborhood from a cross-city freeway. This inaugural episode also featuresconversations with imaginary acquaintances and an opera about Robert Moses. Listen here.

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In its first episode, Placemakers , the Slate podcast study people who shape their communities and spaces, looks at Jane Jacobs. In the 1950 s, Jacobs blamed urban renewal endeavors as ruining the American downtown, successfully defending her West Village neighborhood from a cross-city freeway. This inaugural episode also featuresconversations with imaginary acquaintances and an opu about Robert Moses. Listen here.

ARRVLS , “My Carnie Family”

Whats it like to grow up in a family business based around the Shamwow? Listen in on the life lessons learned by the child of a travelling salesman, featuring sauna pants, Oxiclean, and color-changing markersplus, a highlight reel of the legends of the state fair, and how to decide when to give up the patter and strike out from the family trade. Listen here .

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Whats it like to grow up in a family business based around the Shamwow? Listen in on the life lessons learned by the child of a traveling salesman, featuring sauna pants, Oxiclean, and color-changing markersplus, a highlight reel of the legends of the state fair, and how to decide when to give up the patter and strike out from the family trade. Listen here .

Between the Liner Notes , “3, 000 Beatniks Riot in Village”

On April 9, 1961, the folk singers of Washington Square Park protested against the New York City Department of Parks andRecreation to defend their right to play. Listen to Izzy Young, who led the 3,000 rioting beatniks, tell the story of that dayand hear how the same conflict between musicians and New York City government played out in 2011. Featuring excellent 1960 s archival audio of outraged, heavily accented bohemian New Yorkers.

On April 9, 1961, the folk singer of Washington Square Park protested against the New York City Department of Parks andRecreation to defend their right to play. Listen to Izzy Young, who led the 3,000 rioting beatniks, tell the story of that dayand hear how the same conflict between musicians and New York City government played out in 2011. Featuring excellent 1960 s archival audio of outraged, heavily accented bohemian New Yorkers.

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Little Girl’s Hamster Won’t Move For Three Days And The Reason Why Is Incredible!

3 months, 22 days ago

Hamsters usually maintain to themselves and have a tendency to hide. Their world is filled with giants and cats.

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They maintain to themselves and are so quite that it’s almost never normal for them to take a trip to the veterinarians. Luckily for us, Twitter user @eeveeluti0n‘s younger sister is a veterinary student and was able to tell us the story of the Hamster and the veterinarian.

A hamster was brought to the vet after it’s owner, a young girl consider that it was sitting motionless on the side of the enclosure, for about 3 days.


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The girl had also said that the hamster get out of it’s cage a few days before, and was found under the fridge, very frightened.


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Luckily it was a happy narrative, and yes a weird one as well! But at least the hamster is well and back to it’s normal self!

Mia Khalifa Gets Trolled By Twitter After She Posts That She’d Rather ‘Date a Vegan Than A Cowboys Fan’

4 months, 10 days ago

Mia Khalifa of, uh, ‘internet fame’ took to twitter yesterday to prove her loyalty to the Washington Redskins by declaring that she’d rather date ‘a vegan than a Cowboys fan’. While we don’t condone dating vegans, that’s good news for any of you vegan bros out there.

Twitter had a little fun at her expense over this one, but we’re gonna go ahead and say that we’d be happy to take Mia any day. To be honest, you really shouldn’t be dating vegans OR Cowboys fans.

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Pushing to record: A creator’s eulogy for Vine

4 months, 14 days ago

Peter Heacock, who joined Vine in 2013 and started a group called Unpopular Now, shares why he loved the mobile app .
Image: photo courtesy of peter heacock

I first opened Vine in January 2013 and was transfixed.

The Popular Now page was awash with interesting experimentations in animation, art and storytelling. At the time I was a filmmaker who was trying and failing to get my work considered on the internet. I wanted to go viral. 6 seconds? No problem Ive get this.

I began to experiment.

About two weeks in, I was commuting to run and posted this. It reached the top of the platform in two hours. I checked every 15 minutes to make sure it was still there. Get insured. Get noticed. Interacting with people whom I had never fulfilled. Shouting out into the void I AM HERE and for the first time, people hearing the shout.

Baby had gone viral. I had taken my first step into a world that would change my life forever.

Vine is a beautiful piece of design. Push to record. Remove thumb from screen to stop. Fill up 6.5 seconds, title and post the loop. With simple tools come the tricks: Tap the screen precisely for single frame animation. Shoot reverse shot for dialogues and comedic scenes. The seamless loop( corypoppins ).

And the mother of them all Assistive Touch( Shout out to KeelayJams) where you could set a timer, walk in front of the camera and record yourself.

And jailbreaking phones to hack the program( Lunar Mayor ).

Or standing in the cold to tap a screen at precise increments( GooRee ).

Then came vinemagic and the #88C crew who summoned early George Mileau with trick edits.

Meanwhile competition on the Popular Now page was get heated, and props and production value was ramping up. Comedy was explosion like lemons from a gaping mouth. Collaboration became key. The Folks in New York and LA were actually getting together to build vines. The digital was become organic. We were becoming friends! Social Media actually became social.

Some really funny Vines were made.

Some truly random Vines as well.

I met so many people in those early days largely on Facebook actually. I had a young son at the time, and my periods soothing him in the middle of the night were illuminated by the light of my phone and nelw friends. It was like being back at movie school. Everyone was friendly, interesting and inspired.

I had an idea: Why not get together under one flag? We could call it Unpopular Now.” For two weeks, we posted in secret. We unveiled the site on June 13, 2013. unPOP generated challenges #unPOPmashup, #unPOPidol, #unPOPremake. People contributed, more friends were built, more talent discovered. The community grew.

Twitter reached out to see if we were interested in working with brands. I could make money from this little app? Are you kidding? I need insurance? Ill get it. Need to be incorporated? Done. Within four months, I had quit my job and was a full-time Viner. Three years later we look like this.

I taught myself how be a stop motion animator. I asked my Vine friends about rigs and motion and tricks. We were getting better.

Others were get downright famous. Marcus Johns staged the first #VineMeetup and was greeted by hundreds.

Jerome and Nash went to Iceland and were nearly trampled.

I attained so many that Im proud of. Here are a few πŸ˜› TAGEND

It was all occur. The selfie camera was turned on and Android users were introduced, and the boy brands began to take over. Magcon held events and jumped around onstage to adoring 11 -year old-girls. People humped furniture to R& B songs.

We were getting better at art and narrative and slapstick and PR and personal branding. I constructed Vines with a gorilla and my son was not scared.

I got my first big check, and I finally realise I could make a living doing this. People were watching my work. My friends and I had an audience.

Sometimes there would be pauses and rumblings of Vine being dead, but then it would come roaring back with the vibrant LNPP community posting amazing challenges until early in the morning. AllNaturalVines kept the old-school spirit of Vine alive much past the advent of the upload. Tony Besides fabricated the daily fiction vlog. The seamless loop by Corey. The loveable, creepy Jess. The forever viral meme queens of Anne and Alicia. The artestry of Origiful. Forever Funny Dads. Simply Sylvio. Justin Terio. The Lopriores. The consistently killer content of Jerome, Rudy, Nick, Marcus. The music of Trench, Leslie, Linda. The community of unPOP grew and the app was more vibrant than ever.

And then something happened. Everyone got really good at content. Other platforms wanted that content. Snapchat unveiled Tale. Insta introd video. YouTube became crazy profitable and some inventors began to see if they could make longer content elsewhere. And heres where it gets tricky.

Vine had the community, but it didnt have the dexterity to change. Rather than work on Vine messages, they could have developed a version of Snapchats story. They would have sparked more content for their app by placing vines together in a continuous piece. The listings was a terrible design for an app that had prided itself on flawless design. Owned by Twitter, it progressed like Twitter As in, didnt progress at all.

Perhaps the biggest single killer of Vine was taking out the competitor. If you had the best Vine in the world, you had the number 1 spot on the app. When they randomized the Popular Now page, this killed the competitive spirit. When they created channels, they only pushed the same creators over and over. They fell the ball on the finding good material and pushing it. Its not anyone on the staff to blame, their hands were tied with limited employees and an app that was yielding zero fund for a company with disappointing stock prices. The big celebrities moved to Snap, YouTube and Facebook en masse. They went to where the eyeballs were. People still posted to Vine, but it wasnt vibrant. Longer videos on Vine was unveiled too late despite the brilliant #CampUnplug. Integration to Twitter was clunky at best.

Twitter is great a few things but terrible at accommodating. In the word of social adaptation is everything. And so with a heavy heart I read that my favorite app ever will be killed.

I screamed. I did. I screamed “re going through” my feed and all of the videos that I admired. All of the experiences came inundating back. The memories. The community. Twitter burned down our house. We all get out just fine, but we lost our photo albums, our notebooks, our computers with years of work. Its lost in the ashes of Vine.

I cant understand how they couldnt fulcrum. To incorporate Vine into Twitter. To reinvent Vine, an app that still resides in so many phones. It seems to be about the money. And sometimes a match must be lit to save a larger company.

But heres the important point: we escaped the building intact and alive with memories and experience. When we look around, we are not Vine friends , now we are just friends. And that is the legacy of this little app. The genuine love for each other. We experienced three years of magic and sorrow. The occur of Nick Spears.

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and Emma Greer.

So many friends, fans, some weddings and a Megalis baby on the way. It was a life we stimulated six seconds at a time. And that life and those relationships will exist forever.

unPOP will continue to make remarkable content for international brands. The competitor of Vine has taught me to make better commercials than a traditional commercial director. I know why people like and share content. Short commercials are the future, and I will continue to make a living making ads more entertaining.

But heres the real point: Social media is bullsh* t. It does not replace communities. It allows for us to interact within comfortable bubbles. It provides the illusion of intimacy and cooperation, but largely its a dumping ground for passive aggressive political views, advocacy and pseudo-knowledge that limits an understanding and respect of our common man and variation in beliefs.

Vine was different. We did it for the Vine because it was fun, creative and hemorrhaged out into the actual world. A world where we embraced our neighbors and our differences. We created magical with our hands and intellects and created real relationships through our actions. Vine is real. That is its legacy. I will miss the virtual community we construct but will continue to treasure the actual community we currently reside within.

I love you all. Continue to attain. Continue to breathe ingenuity into the void. I am endlessly excited to see what we generate. Make is what we do. #unPOP Forever. Viner Forever. Vine is dead. We are not.

Peter Heacock is founder and creative director of Unpopular Now, a branded content studio and production company that specializes in inducing stop-motion art. He joined Vine in January 2013 and formed unPOP a year later to help companies, including Armani, Budweiser, Target and Lancome, make creative content. You can follow him on Twitter @peteheacock and consider his work at www.unpopnow.com .

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#DeleteUber: how social media turned on Uber

4 months, 15 days ago

After Uber lifted surge pricing during a protest at New Yorks John F Kennedy airport against Trumps travel ban, censure online was swift

There was plenty to be angry about this weekend and many people is very much irate about the ride-hailing company Uber.

As news of Donald Trumps travel ban on Muslim-majority countries spread, protests sprang up at airports around the US. In support, the New York Taxi Employee Alliance called on its members to avoid John F Kennedy International Airport for one hour πŸ˜› TAGEND

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NO PICKUPS@ JFK Airport 6 PM to 7 PM today. Drivers stand in solidarity with thousands protesting inhumane& unconstitutional #MuslimBan.

January 28, 2017

After the ten-strike, Uber tweeted that upsurge pricing, which translates into higher fares at busy periods, had been switched off near JFK πŸ˜› TAGEND

Uber NYC (@ Uber_NYC)

Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.

January 29, 2017

The reaction to Ubers strikebreaking was swift. #DeleteUber began trending, as people encouraging one another not only to delete the app from their phones, but also to cancel their Uber accounts.

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I’m a Lyft guy now. Lyft baby !!!!! #deleteuber pic.twitter.com/ 585 D46XYSe

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Scores of people are deleting Uber after the company serviced rides at JFK airport while taxis were striking against muslim forbid #deleteuber pic.twitter.com/ D8 cJMlxOxQ

January 29, 2017

Thanks to the companys many disagreements from its attitude to customer security to its use of surge pricing during the Sydney siege its was far from the first time the company had been excoriated on social media. However, the hashtags popularity demonstrated how American consumers are use a different tactic to depict their displeasure with what they view as Trump-supporting companies.

Dan OSullivan, or @Bro_Pair, was the first person to tweet the hashtag in direct response to Uber lifting surge pricing. He told the Daily Beast: Let this be a warning: if you are a corporation who thinks you will ride out Trump, and softly make money at his side, you will be made to pay a price.

Others criticised Ubers CEO, Travis Kalanick, pointing out he is a member of Trumps Strategic and Policy Forum . Posting to his Twitter and Facebook page, Kalanick called Trumps immigration and travel ban unjust. He also outlined supporting available to Uber drivers affected by the order.

In a statement, Uber said it had not intended to break up any ten-strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices.

Many of those angry at the company recommended switching to Lyft, an Uber competitor in the US. In response to Trumps executive order, Lyft announced it would be donating $1,000, 000 to the ACLU over the next four years to defend the constitution.

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People Are Eavesdropping The “Posh Mums of North London” and It’s Comedy Gold

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Twitter suspends American far-right activists’ accounts

5 months, 9 days ago

The move comes as the social network cracks down on hate speech on the site with new tools and features

Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of American alt-right activists hours after announcing a renewed pushing to crack down on loathe speech.

Among the accounts removed were those of the self-described white-nationalist National Policy Institute, its publication, Radix, and its head Richard Spencer, as well as other prominent alt-right figures including Pax Dickinson and Paul Town.

Spencer, who according to anti-hate group SPLC calls for peaceful ethnic cleansing to halt the deconstruction of European culture, decried the bans as corporate Stalinism to right-wing news outlet Daily Caller.

Twitter is trying to airbrush the alt right out of existence, Spencer said. Theyre clearly afraid. They will fail! Members of the Reddit forum r/ altright “ve called the” move a purge.

Spencers ban is particularly notable, since he previously had a verified account on Twitter – the badge the company gives to noteworthy accounts to prove they are who they say they are. In the past, Twitter has stripped accounts of their verified status in the wake of abuse, as the company did with an editor at far-right news outlet Breitbartthis year, but the company does not appear to have previously acted so conclusively against an account it had once devoted what could be interpreted as a badge of approval.

A Twitter spokesman said the Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts infringing those policies.

The move came the same day that Twitter announced a new move against loathe speech and harassment on the site. The company announced new features intended to allow users to control what content appears in their notifications, but it also confirmed a change to its develop process for moderators on the site, and a new set of tools for reporting loathe speech.

Those changes were welcomed by users, but also seen as too little, too late. As with Facebooks clampdown on fake news on its social network, users construed the social network as ultimately realising that its platform was facilitating and emboldening the far right, but merely during the course of its week after the far-rights candidate of choice had won the US presidential election.

For former Twitter users, both those cast off the site due to their extreme positions, or those discontinuing Twitter in protest, a new social network is hoping to hoover them up instead. Gab advertises itself with the slogan Free speech for everyone, and features a green frog as its logo. Webcomic character Pepe the Frog was added to an online abhor symbol database in September owing to the figures co-option as an alt-right icon.

In a statement, Gab said: We are a free-speech website and nothing more. Gab is open to all users, regardless of their political beliefs, ideology and moral positions. Our mission is to set people first and to foster discourse without hindrance and proscription, as is occurring throughout the online community.

We use a frog, because it has long been a symbol of fertility, creation, going back to the ancients. Its seen as a emblem of prosperity.

So far, though, the service has just 12,000 users, stimulating it small in comparison to other far-right meeting place such as Stormfront.

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Hilarious Twitter Exchange Between Writers About Hypothetical Serial Killer Scenario Is a Damn Masterpiece

6 months, 11 days ago

Anyone else ready for the sequel to this already? These guys truly outdid themselves. Fucking gold right here.

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