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Full Text of Jack Dorsey’s Statement For Wed, Meadows Says He Is “Weak”

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Tuesday, the full 11 page text of the opening statement to be made by the CEO of Twitter, to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, scheduled for Wednesday, was released.

“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. We are an American company that serves our global audience by focusing on the people who use our service, and we put them first in every step we take. Twitter is used as a global town square, where people from around the world come together in an open and free exchange of ideas. We must be a trusted and healthy place that supports free and open discussion,” Jack Dorsey wrote.

According to the statement, Dorsey says Twitter’s number one mission is “Health”.

“Twitter is committed to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress. At Twitter, health refers to our overall efforts to reduce malicious activity on the service, including malicious automation, spam, and fake accounts. Twitter has focused on measuring health by evaluating how to encourage more healthy debate, and critical thinking,” they wrote

According to the statement, Dorsey admits that algorithms shape whose posts get seen.

“We want Twitter to provide a useful, relevant experience to all people using our service. With hundreds of millions of Tweets per day on Twitter, we ha have invested heavily in building systems that organize content on Twitter to show individuals using the platform the most the relevant information for that individual first. We want to do the work for our customers to make it a positive and informative experience. With 335 million people using Twitter every month in dozens of languages and countless cultural contexts, we rely upon machine learning algorithms to help us organize content by relevance,” Dorsey wrote.

And while they say they do not want to make “personal judgments” about people, Dorsey wrote, “Twitter continues to see bad faith actors attempt to manipulate and divide people on Twitter. Two such examples include recent activity related to new malicious activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency and malicious accounts located in Iran.”

“The purpose of Twitter is to serve the public conversation, and we do not make value
judgments on personal beliefs. We are focused on making our platform—and the technology it
relies upon—better and smarter over time and sharing our work and progress with this
Committee and the American people. We think increased transparency is critical to promoting
healthy public conversation on Twitter and earning trust,” he will say in closing.

Dorsey also will say that they are not “political”

HOWEVER:

Mark Meadows of the Freedom House Caucus wrote:

 

Read Full Statement Here

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Trump Instantly Sues California Over Net Neutrality

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Sunday, the Department of Justice worked swiftly to announce a legal proceeding against the state of California for their new law imposing net neutrality protections.

According to the AP:

“The lawsuit filed Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice came roughly an hour after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law.

The Federal Communications Commission last year repealed rules preventing internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

California’s law seeks to reinstate those rules.

The lawsuit argues that California’s approach is “unlawful and anti-consumer” because it imposes burdensome regulations on the Internet and goes against the federal government’s approach.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will defend the federal government’s position.”

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From the Press Release:

Justice Department Files Net Neutrality Lawsuit Against the State of California

The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the state of California alleging that Senate Bill 822, an Internet regulation bill signed into law earlier today by Governor Jerry Brown, unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the Internet, announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, Assistant Attorney General Joseph H. Hunt for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai.

In 1996, a bipartisan Congress decided that the Internet should remain “unfettered by Federal or State regulation.”  Since 2002, the FCC has accordingly classified broadband Internet access as an “information service” that is exempt from public-utility regulations. The FCC briefly departed from this classification in a 2015 Order, which imposed restrictions on the freedom of the Internet. In 2018, the FCC returned to its prior light-touch framework, ensuring that Internet access services are free and guided by a uniform set of federal rules, rather than by a patchwork of state and local regulations. The United States concluded that California, through Senate Bill 822, is attempting to subvert the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach by imposing burdensome state regulations on the free Internet, which is unlawful and anti-consumer.

In filing the complaint, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the following statement:

“Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce—the federal government does. Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy. The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order.  We will do so with vigor. We are confident that we will prevail in this case—because the facts are on our side.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased the Department of Justice has filed this suit.  The Internet is inherently an interstate information service.  As such, only the federal government can set policy in this area.  And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently reaffirmed that state regulation of information services is preempted by federal law.

“Not only is California’s Internet regulation law illegal, it also hurts consumers.  The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits.  They have proven enormously popular in the marketplace, especially among lower-income Americans.  But notwithstanding the consumer benefits, this state law bans them.

“The Internet is free and open today, and it will continue to be under the light-touch protections of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Department of Justice to ensure the Internet remains ‘unfettered by Federal or State regulation,’ as federal law requires, and the domain of engineers, entrepreneurs, and technologists, not lawyers and bureaucrats.”

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Twitter OK With Trending Hashtag Pushing For Killing Kavanaugh

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Sunday, people started to notice that on the heels of banning more conservatives for talking about the Kavanaugh hearings, that a trending hashtag with about 40 tweets was trending that seems out of place, #KillKavanaugh, and had been up for days and brought to the attention of the safety boards on Twitter.

Seems to have started around Sept 26:

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So popular, after 2-3 tweets, on the 29 it was made into a panel discussion to help get the word out:

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Trump Going To War: Getting Ready To Sign EO Anti-Trust Enforcement On Social Media And Alphabet Agencies

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Saturday, the news emerged that the White House had drafted an Executive Order for President Donald J. Trump to sign, that would start law enforcement agencies looking into the business practices of Social Media companies who have been shutting Conservatives and Trump supporters out of the Public Stream of Communications.

According to Bloomberg News, ” The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, said a White House official. Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order.,” they reported.

“The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias,” reported Bloomberg News.

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