Jack Offs Trump

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Rest in piss, @realDonaldTrump: Twitter has permanently suspended the president after he incited a riot at the Capitol this week.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter wrote in a blog post on Friday evening.

“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” the company added. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”

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In the blog post, Twitter specifically cited the possibility that Trump could use his account to suggest his supporters mount another fascist assault on DC on the off chance it somehow convinces Congress to call a mulligan on the election.

“The mention of his supporters having a ‘GIANT VOICE long into the future’ and that ‘They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!’ is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition’ and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election,” Twitter wrote. “… Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.”

The decision comes after roughly 350 Twitter employees sent an internal letter this week addressed to CEO Jack Dorsey and other top company executives calling for the company to stop stalling, take a deep breath, pull the cord on the guillotine already. Employees demanded that Twitter’s leaders explain why they allowed Trump to habitually violate the site’s rules with utter impunity, and requested an investigation into moderation missteps they believe contributed to pro-Trump rioters’ assault on the Capitol.

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The letter, which was reviewed by the Washington Post, reads in part: “Despite our efforts to serve the public conversation, as Trump’s megaphone, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6th. We request an investigation into how our public policy decisions led to the amplification of serious anti-democratic threats. We must learn from our mistakes in order to avoid causing future harm. We play an unprecedented role in civil society and the world’s eyes are upon us. Our decisions this week will cement our place in history, for better or worse.”

In a statement to the Post, Twitter spokesperson Brandon Borrman said the company “encourages an open dialogue between our leadership and employees” and welcomed its workers to voice “their thoughts and concerns in whichever manner feels right to them.”

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Update: 8:05 p.m. ET: According to NBC News reporter Ben Collins, Twitter says it will take action to prevent Trump from using the official @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts if he gets real sad and “it becomes clear President Trump is using them to evade his permanent ban” in some sort of desperate attempt to feel anything again.

Donald Trump Jr. remains on Twitter, and is using it to compare his own father to the Supreme Leader of Iran and “numerous other dictatorial regimes” that still have accounts. We’re sure he’ll love you too someday. Or not, whatever.

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In related news, chat service Discord has terminated thedonald.win, a server dedicated to losers who worship our banned president.

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Update: 8:45 p.m. ET: The president immediately attempted to use the @POTUS account to evade his ban. The tweets then disappeared almost instantaneously, presumably the result of enforcement action by Twitter.

In the tweets sent from @POTUS, Trump said he had been “negotiating with various other sites” (conservative internet hellhole Parler comes to mind). The president also suggested that he might just build his own damn site where we can all read his posts forever and ever and ever.

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Good luck learning PHP and C++, Mr. President.

This is a developing story, and we’ll be updating it further between extended bouts of chortling.

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Alyse Stanley contributed reporting to this article.

Reddit Bans r/Conspiracy Moderator and r/DonaldTrump

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Amid a hardening consensus that conspiracy theories emboldened this week’s Capitol Building rioters—many adorned with “Q” garments, waving Q flags, screaming about election fraud—Reddit is quietly weeding out spreaders of election-related conspiracies.

As the Daily Dot first reported, Reddit admins on Thursday permanently suspended the account for r/conspiracy’s head moderator, axolotl_peyotl. He recently posted about the nascent, baseless conspiracy theory that Italy used a military satellite to interfere with U.S. election systems.

Reddit has also banned the unofficial Donald Trump subreddit r/donaldtrump, Axios first reported, and a Reddit spokesperson confirmed in an email. In the days after the election, the group had retitled its page to “President Donald Trump – Election Defense Task Force – Stop The Steal!” and on Thursday exclaimed about “protesters” who’d photographed an open inbox in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. (Founded way back in 2011, r/donaldtrump, with 52,000 members, was significantly smaller than the subreddit r/The_Donald, which Reddit banned in June for harassment, hate speech, and content manipulation. That subreddit’s roughly 800,000-strong troop resettled on a subreddit copycat site, TheDonald.win.)

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Reddit declined to offer specific examples of posts that prompted its decisions, but it gestured to the siege. In a message reposted by r/conspiracy mods, which Reddit verified to Gizmodo, the company said only that axolotl_peyotl was suspended for unnamed “repeated violations of our content policy.” The admins went on to gesture to “inciting communities,” writing:

We hope this doesn’t cause too much disruption in your community or modteam, especially given recent events. While we do not make these decisions lightly, we need to ensure that moderators are not inciting their communities in ways that break our content policies.

A spokesperson offered a little more detail in regard to the DonaldTrump subreddit, specifically naming the Capitol Building riot:

Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed. We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the U.S. Capitol.

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Leading up to this week’s riot, r/donaldtrump had also echoed “Italygate,” called Pence a traitor, and speculated that left-wing infiltrators posed as Trump supporters, which has been refuted by the FBI.

Though the remaining r/conspiracy mods bid axolotl_peyotl a fond farewell, most commenters did not. Redditors complained that he reigned with a ferocious banhammer against those who would disagree with ill-supported theories and anti-vaxx and pro-Trump agendas—not to mention he once encouraged the community to watch a “documentary” entitled “Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told.”

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Reddit declined to indicate whether it plans to remove other groups and users. Unfortunately, we’re about [checking watch] five years into the pillfest.

Trump Admin Bans U.S. Investors From Dealing With Over 30 Chinese Companies

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In what seems to be his first major foreign policy move since losing the 2020 electoral race to Joe Biden, Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday barring American investors from holding shares in companies with suspected ties to the Chinese military.

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Per the order, starting on January 11th, 2021—just over a week before Biden is expected to be sworn in—any US citizen or US company will be prevented buying any new shares in the companies in question. Investors who currently hold shares, the order goes on to demand, have until November 2021 to completely divest them.

This may be easier said than done since, as Axios notes, many of the targeted companies are wrapped up in mutual funds—popular, heavily diversified investment options which are typically regarded as “safer” than just playing the market.

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Like many of the president’s executive orders involving foreign policy, the current document is vaguely worded, and doesn’t name the actual companies subject to the forthcoming crackdown. But this past June, the Financial Times got its hands on a Pentagon-produced list of 20 of the names that are on the chopping block—and two months later, the Department of Defense followed up with some additional names in an official release, bringing the total list to 31 China-based companies. These include the hardware giant Huawei and two telcos currently listed on the New York stock exchange: China Telecom and China Mobile. According to the Order:

the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasingly exploiting United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses […]

[These] companies raise capital by selling securities to United States investors that trade on public exchanges both here and abroad, lobbying United States index providers and funds to include these securities in market offerings, and engaging in other acts to ensure access to United States capital.

Notably absent from the DoD’s watchlist is TikTok, despite being in the Trump administration’s line of fire for months over claims surrounding similar threats to national security. The administration used Executive Orders to single out TikTok in an attempt to force the company to sell off its U.S.-side assets, though the deadline for that sale passed earlier this week. The company filed an injunction with the U.S court of appeals in an attempt to get some clarity, only to be met with what appears to be more stalling. 

Right now it’s a bit unclear whether Biden’s campaign will take the similar approach to China-based tech companies. That said, we do know that he has the power to walk back the new executive order.

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