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On MSNBC Friday, reporter Brandy Zadrozny discussed the consequences of billionaire Elon Musk taking over Twitter, and giving the green light for people previously suspended over hate and harassment to return to the platform.
This comes amid an NBC News report that the platform is seeing a rise in hate speech — and people promoting it.
"New data ... shows that the platform has welcomed back hundreds of right wing and QAnon conspiracy theorists who had been banned before Elon Musk took over," said anchor Hallie Jackson. "NBC found that right-wingers are logging back in and left-wing accounts are being suspended ... Elon Musk, he has said he wants to make Twitter about free speech. The conversation has been lately, it has been about hate speech on the platform."
"Yes, we are beginning to see, I think, the effects of Elon Musk's policies, or really better yet, we should call them whims, on Twitter," said Zadrozny. "And Twitter is now turning into a place where, according to the data that we looked at, and the data of researchers and users themselves who are fleeing the platform, where neo-Nazis and white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, where hate speech is allowed, where anti-LGBTQ hate speech is allowed and appreciated."
This is all turning the site into a place where "harassment is the price of admission," she continued.
"And now why do people want to be a part of this new Twitter, Twitter 2.0, really we have to wait and see, but prominent people are leaving, we talk about that in the piece," Zadrozny said.
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A West Virginia judge who once pulled a gun on lawyers in his courtroom resigned last week after investigators discovered he diverted money meant for a drug program into a slush fund he oversaw and later tapped for “improper purposes," The Daily Beast reports.
The report also details how David W. Hummel, Jr. violated judicial ethics rules when made two little girls cry while aggressively questioning them regarding a case where they were allegedly sexually abused by their father.
“He is a longtime lawyer and former assistant prosecutor,” the report says. “He had absolutely no business calling a child of tender years a liar or suggesting to an impressionable six-year-old that she had engaged in some ‘sinister plan’ regarding her father.”
The commission conducting the investigation told Hummel that “when dealing with young children, judges should remember at all times that they are not wooden toys that can be repaired with ease. They are living beings with thoughts and feelings who are coming into a huge unknown called ‘court’ to talk to what a child may perceive as a scary individual called ‘judge’ and must be treated with charity, understanding, and patience.”
At The Daily Beast points out, Hummel resigned the day before Thanksgiving after he had "become a national pariah—and the subject of jokes within the legal field—after The Daily Beast revealed his intimidating show of bravado earlier this year."
In July, The Beast reported that Hummel "whipped out his handgun, waved it in the air, and left it on the bench with the barrel pointing directly at the corporate lawyers who had irritated him."
“I did not have my 1911 at any point during that trial,” Hummel said at the time, referring to a common type of semi-automatic pistol. “It was secreted in a drawer on the bench. I never showed my 1911 at the trial whatsoever—at any point during that trial.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Two New York teenagers have been charged with a hate crime after they assaulted a bus passenger and hurled anti-Asian slurs at him after he refused to give him his seat, the New York Post reports.
Dream Commisso, 19, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, assault, menacing and harassment. Police say Commisso, another woman, and a man approached a 42-year-old man and his 41-year-old female companion, who are both Asian, and demanded that they give up their seat. When the couple refused to get up, the trio spewed anti-Asian slurs at the couple and punched and kicked the man, leaving him with a small cut.
Commisso called the victim "an Asian pig," police said.
NBC News says a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with a hate crime, but they are not releasing his name due to his age. One suspect remains at large.
Hours after the incident, police said the duo were also involved in a robbery and assault of a 40-year-old food delivery worker.