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Twitter CEO Refuses to Host Fundraiser for Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, however, acknowledged that Twitter would "absolutely" be among the companies that she would consider breaking up

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Pixabay

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey declined to host a fundraiser for US presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat-Hawaii) late last year when she approached him.

According to ReCode, Dorsey, who has given donations to Gabbard’s campaign was hesitant to publicly back candidates.

One reason could be the fact that Gabbard is critical of big tech companies including Twitter, the report said on Thursday.

“Gabbard, a member of Congress from Hawaii, has said that as president, she would “absolutely” consider breaking up Twitter too, along with other tech companies that she deems “monopolies” that are “censoring” critical voices.

Dorsey donated $2,800 to Gabbard’s 2020 campaign last June, according to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing. He also contributed $1,000 to former tech executive Andrew Yang in March.

After Dorsey received criticism for his donations to candidates, he tweeted.

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Jack Dorsey, CEO and co-founder of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, speaks at the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City. VOA

“I’ve made personal contributions because I appreciate Andrew’s focus on the coming displacement of work due to AI and automation, and Tulsi’s strong anti-war stance. Along with systematically addressing climate change and economic injustice, these are the key issues of global consequence I want to see considered and discussed more.”

Gabbard sued Google last year, alleging the tech giant violated her right to “free speech” when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account.

Gabbard, however, has never met Dorsey, who is also CEO of financial services company Square.

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“I had not met or spoken to him. I saw that the contribution was made and reached out and said ‘thank you so much,’ and he expressed his support for my candidacy,” she told a reporter recently.

Gabbard, however, acknowledged that Twitter would “absolutely” be among the companies that she would consider breaking up.

The outspoken, independent-minded Democratic Congresswoman has hit Hillary Clinton with a $50-million suit alleging that the defeated presidential candidate defamed her by calling her a “Russian Asset.” (IANS)

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Facebook and Twitter Remain Divided due to Bloomberg’s Video

Facebook, Twitter divided over Bloomberg's video removal

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A video posted by Michael Bloomberg has left Facebook and Twitter divided on whether it violates their policies. Pixabay

A video posted by Michael Bloomberg, the aspirant for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, has left Facebook and Twitter divided on whether it violates their policies.

According to The Verge, former New York Mayor Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign posted a video to Twitter that was edited to make it appear as “though there was a long, embarrassing silence from Bloomberg’s Democratic opponents after he mentioned that he was the only candidate to have ever started a business”.

While Twitter said the video would be labelled as manipulated media under the platform’s new deepfakes policy, Facebook said the same video would not violate the platform’s deepfakes rules.

Facebook’s policy “does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words”.

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While Twitter said the video would be labelled as manipulated media under the platform’s new deepfakes policy, Facebook said the same video would not violate the platform’s deepfakes rules. Pixabay

Earlier this month, Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube refused to pull down an edited video posted by US President Donald Trump that showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of the former’s State of the Union address.

The five-minute video, posted on Trump’s social media accounts, shows Pelosi tearing up the speech after Trump honoured several Americans and saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience.

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The fact of the matter is that Pelosi ripped up the speech after Trump concluded his address on an earlier date.

Facebook and Twitter had refused to remove an earlier “deepfake” video of Pelosi that was edited to give the impression she is slurring her words. (IANS)