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Conservative freakout has made social media companies scared to enforce rules against violence: House witness

During a House hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Summer Lee (D-PA) pointed out that social media accounts are actually giving conservatives an edge on their platforms because there has been such an uprising.

She noted that the hearing "would be funny if it weren't real life. I understand my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to be victims so very badly but if I understand correctly, public criticism and allegations of anti-conservative bias are actually making Twitter and other social media companies less willing to enforce their own policies against political conservatives; correct?"

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Republican rants ​there’s a Chinese conspiracy behind the Democratic support of solar panels

WASHINGTON — Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) just found out that Democrats support green energy, but he believes it's all really about Hunter Biden.

According to the Republican lawmaker, the hearing with Twitter executives answered a lot of questions about Hunter Biden's business deals.

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Website that tries to get people to kill themselves is still online

Mother Jones is calling out a website that thrives on targeting people to get them to kill themselves.

Their cover story in the March/April issue attacks the site Kiwi Farms, which is a message board akin to 4chan or 8chan, but people use the site to plan and coordinate attacks on the lives of people they hope to destroy.

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Google to release ChatGPT-like bot named Bard

Google said Monday it will release a conversational chatbot named Bard, launching a rivalry with Microsoft that has invested billions of dollars in ChatGPT, a language AI app that convincingly mimics human writing.

"We've been working on an experimental conversational AI service... that we're calling Bard. And today, we're taking another step forward by opening it up to trusted testers ahead of making it more widely available to the public in the coming weeks," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post.

Judge uses AI app 'ChatGPT' to help make court ruling

The new artificial intelligence site ChatGPT has brought people together to make silly poems and even social media tweets, but one judge is using it to formulate case decisions.

While the site has been an annoyance for teachers testing for plagiarism or outright false information, this proves to be the fist time a judge is admitting to using AI to formulate a ruling, Vice News reported.

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Former NFL player Derrick Dockery quietly becomes a guardian for TikTok on Capitol Hill

Former National Football League player Derrick Dockery quietly joined the lobbying efforts for the Chinese social media site TikTok and has been working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., since 2020, federal records show.

The ex-offensive lineman, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and the franchise now known as the Washington Commanders during his 10-year professional career, spent a few years doing internships and low-level work for Republicans on Capitol Hill before joining the team at ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok.

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Judge strikes down Matt Gaetz claim voter suppression is free speech

A far-right social media influencer was arrested in 2021 after working online to suppress votes targeting people of color in 2016. Things aren't going well in court for them, however.

"Douglass Mackey, aka Ricky Vaughn, 31, of West Palm Beach, was charged by criminal complaint in the Eastern District of New York," the Justice Department said in a release after the arrest. "He was taken into custody ... in West Palm Beach and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart of the Southern District of Florida."

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Secret Twitter video shows employees tried to warn of 'shooting in the streets' on Jan. 6

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk has spent the past several weeks releasing information he calls the "Twitter Files," which shows what he considers to be inappropriate bias against conservatives in the company.

What hasn't been revealed, however, is that members of Twitter's safety policy team spoke on a video conference to talk about expectations for Jan. 6, 2021, the day in which the U.S. Congress came under attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

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J6 report reveals how Twitter and other social networks were used to fuel the insurrection

While a debate brews over the White House, Homeland Security, Pentagon, Secret Service and FBI failures on and around Jan. 6, another piece of the equation is being cited by Rolling Stone attacking social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, which allowed insurrectionists to propagate throughout their platforms.

After the Jan. 6 attack, "Twitter employees raged at their own company and its leadership, blaming them for the social media giant’s inept handling of Donald Trump and other top MAGA figures’ incitement to violence," the report explained.

“Do you want to have more blood on your hands?” said a staffer to top executive Del Harvey, when asking whether Trump could cause more violence.

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Economist Paul Krugman trashes Elon Musk as being unable to care for a cat much less a company

After the swift downfall of Twitter leadership, investors appear to be bailing on Elon Musk's other company, Tesla. The company's stock closed at just $110 on Tuesday, and Forbes reported that they'd lost $800 billion over the course of the year. With China, Tesla's top market, dealing with the pandemic, few are thinking about buying a Tesla.

New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman compared Tesla to cryptocurrency, which has some brands that have slowly collapsed over the year as well.

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Twitter restores suicide prevention feature after backlash against Elon Musk

By Kenneth Li, Paresh Dave and Sheila Dang NEW YORK (Reuters) -Twitter Inc has restored a feature that promotes suicide prevention hotlines and other safety resources to users looking up certain content, after coming under pressure from some users and consumer safety groups over its removal. Reuters reported on Friday that the feature was taken down a few days ago, citing two people familiar with the matter, who said the removal was ordered by the social media platform's new owner Elon Musk. After publication of the story, Twitter head of trust and safety Ella Irwin confirmed the removal and c...

Elon Musk could face hefty fines from the EU as Twitter suspends journalists

Twitter-owner Elon Musk drew anger and stern warnings from regulators on Friday after suspending the accounts of half a dozen prominent journalists -- accusing them of endangering his family.

Journalists from CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post were cut off from the platform without warning on Friday, provoking the newest controversy since Musk took over the company on October 27.

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Inside Google's quest to digitize troops' tissue samples

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In early February 2016, the security gate at a U.S. military base near Washington, D.C., swung open to admit a Navy doctor accompanying a pair of surprising visitors: two artificial intelligence scientists from Google.

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