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Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court

A panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints.... Read more»

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Social media giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed four large Silicon Valley social media companies Thursday, saying the companies had failed to furnish requested items vital to the investigation. ... Read more»


Claytoonz: Bluebirds of Crappiness: Marjorie Taylor Greene kicked off Twitter

Before you get all excited over Twitter permanently suspending Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account, remember that she still has her congressional account. Perhaps the only way to strip her of that is to kick her out of Congress.... Read more»

Paul Gosar has a history of posting far-right memes on Twitter

The anime video that sparked outrage this week isn't the first video tweet by Rep. Paul Gosar that co-opted far-right meme culture.... Read more»

Arizona voter 'canvass' features big allegations, zero evidence, outright falsehoods

After months of hype that the 2020 election was rigged, a long-awaited report on a volunteer “canvassing” effort of Maricopa County voters landed with a dull thud when the activists behind it made a series of breathless allegations without any evidence to back them up.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick’s false claim about unvaccinated Black people

The majority of U.S. residents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are white, according to available state data and survey research - contradicting Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s claim that, “in most states,” Black residents are “the biggest group” of unvaccinated people.... Read more»

Twitter permanently suspends several accounts tied to the Arizona 'audit'

The official Twitter account of Arizona's 'audit' and a semi-official account dubbed the “Audit War Room” were permanently suspended Tuesday - as were multiple other accounts related to election reviews in other states - for violating rules on platform manipulation and spam. ... Read more»


House GOP’s misplaced blame for rising homicides

Homicides are on the rise, but the increase started last year when Donald Trump was president - according to data compiled by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the number of homicides rose 33% in 66 major cities in 2020 compared with 2019.... Read more»

Tamper seals and deleted databases: Arizona audit myths and facts

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, in response to a litany of accusations that 'auditors' bombastically pronounced on Twitter last week, released a 14-page letter, along with exhibits, to refute the claims that have sparked new conspiracy theories.... Read more»

Fann demands Maricopa County answer audit questions, supervisors say new allegations are lies

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann is demanding that Maricopa County send officials to a special meeting Tuesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about issues related to the ongoing election 'audit' she ordered, and the chairman of the board of supervisors responded by calling a special public meeting to rebut the 'audit' team’s claims that he called “lies” and “dangerous.” ... Read more»

Bennett says he’s regained control of the Arizona 'audit' Twitter account

The official Twitter account for the Senate’s election 'audit' is back under officials’ control after spokesman Ken Bennett handed control of the account to unknown volunteers, and Bennett is now referencing the feed as a source for official statements.... Read more»


26 words created the Internet. What will it take to save it?

Jeff Kosseff wrote the book on Section 230, the law that gave us the internet we have today. He talks about how we got here and how we should regulate our way out.... Read more»

'This Is War': Inside the secret chat where far-right extremists devised post-Capitol plans

Chats from a private Telegram group show how a suspect tied to the Jan. 6 insurrection tried to organize a self-styled militia. The hidden proliferation of such groups worries experts who say that despite a sweeping crackdown by U.S. law enforcement, appear dedicated to planning and participating in further violence.... Read more»

Social media disinformation tactics that attempted to deceive Arizonans in the 2020 elections

As Arizona landed in the spotlight among the last few states to declare a winner in the presidential race, false claims and multiple fake accounts cropped up on Twitter.... Read more»

Man who firebombed Arizona Dem Party HQ confessed on social media

The man who Phoenix Police believe firebombed the Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Phoenix confessed to the crime multiple times on social media.... Read more»

‘Othered’: Coronavirus fears spur bias against Asian Americans

Dozens of airlines have canceled flights to China in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but at least one Asian American traveler is skipping his summer trip to the Philippines to avoid a spreading social illness: racism. ... Read more»

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