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      Twitter held in contempt, fined $350K over Trump data delay / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 9 August, 2023 - 21:17

    Twitter held in contempt, fined $350K over Trump data delay

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    Today, an unsealed court document revealed that, earlier this year, a federal judge held Twitter (now called X) in contempt of court. The judge imposed $350,000 in sanctions.

    Sanctions were applied after the social media platform delayed compliance with a federal search warrant that required Twitter to hand over Donald Trump's Twitter data without telling the former president about the warrant for 180 days.

    At first, Twitter resisted producing Trump's data and argued that the government's nondisclosure order violated the First Amendment and the Stored Communications Act. However, US circuit judge Florence Pan wrote that the court was largely unpersuaded by Twitter's arguments, mostly because the government's interest in Trump's data as part of its ongoing January 6 investigation was "unquestionably compelling."

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      “Rudderless” QAnon may reinvent itself after US election, warn experts

      Financial Times · / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 26 December, 2020 - 16:23

    “Rudderless” QAnon may reinvent itself after US election, warn experts

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    For the 460,000 Twitter followers of Praying Medic, one of the most prolific posters of the QAnon conspiracy, the US election is not over. His timeline is peppered with claims of electoral fraud, alongside retweets from President Donald Trump.

    “Anyone who thinks Donald Trump has no chance of winning reelection hasn’t thought through all the contingencies to their logical or likely end,” Praying Medic said in a tweet earlier this month. “Biden’s only hope of winning was convincing Trump to concede. He failed.”

    But despite his optimism, the rightwing theory has been dealt a heavy blow by Joe Biden’s US presidential victory. Experts warn, however, that it could still cast a shadow over global politics for years to come.

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      Twitter and Facebook roll back some misinformation prevention measures

      Jim Salter · / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 17 December, 2020 - 20:45 · 1 minute

    Logos for Twitter and Facebook have been photoshopped onto a hand-operated fire alarm.

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    With the worst of a storm of misinformation—and disinformation—about the 2020 US presidential election behind us, both Facebook and Twitter are relaxing some emergency measures put in place to limit its spread.

    Twitter brings back one-click retweets

    The most obvious changes taking place are on Twitter, which is getting rid of a measure it put in place in October to encourage quote tweeting (QT) instead of simple retweeting (RT). The intent was to encourage users to add thoughtful commentary and perhaps to actually read original content prior to amplifying it based on a headline alone.

    Our goal with prompting QTs (instead of Retweets) was to encourage more thoughtful amplification. We don’t believe that this happened, in practice. The use of Quote Tweets increased, but 45% of them included single-word affirmations and 70% had less than 25 characters. The increase in Quote Tweets was also offset by an overall 20% decrease in sharing through both Retweets and Quote Tweets. Considering this, we'll no longer prompt Quote Tweets from the Retweet icon.

    Twitter verification is coming back in 2021

    The company is also relaunching its somewhat-controversial verification process—the measure by which one gets a blue checkmark next to one's username on each tweet. The company put the verification process on hold in November 2017, acknowledging issues with perception of verified accounts as endorsed by Twitter. Since then, already-verified accounts have kept the blue check, but few if any new accounts—even those meeting earlier criteria for verification—have been accepted.

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      YouTube bans videos claiming Trump won

      Timothy B. Lee · / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 17:01

    YouTube bans videos claiming Trump won

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    For the last month, President Donald Trump and his allies have tried to cast doubt on President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. However, they've failed to produce evidence of irregularities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, or other states sufficient to overcome Biden's substantial lead in the electoral college. Now YouTube says it has had enough.

    "We will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential election," the Google-owned service announced .

    YouTube acknowledged that it had previously allowed the airing of "controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election as election officials have worked to finalize counts." But now that most of Trump's legal challenges have been thrown out of court , YouTube says that the legitimacy of Biden's election is no longer up for debate.

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