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Trump’s tweets are ‘newsworthy’, will stay: Twitter

“We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules.

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San Francisco, Sep 26 : As twitteratis wondered why the micro-blogging platform did not remove US President Donald Trump’s latest controversial tweet on North Korea that clearly violated its guidelines, Twitter has given a confusing reply.

Trump tweeted last weekend: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

People wondered why Twitter did not remove the tweet that violated the company’s rules.

Reacting to this, Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter, posted on Monday night: “Some of you have been asking why we haven’t taken down the Tweet mentioned here.

“We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules.

“Among the considerations is its ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest. This has long been internal policy and we’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it. We need to do better on this, and will,” Stone said in the post.

Later, a company spokesperson told Recode that Twitter’s post was not confirming that Trump’s tweet violated its rules.

“Just that ‘newsworthiness’ is one factor that is used internally to determine whether or not to take something down,” the report said quoting the spokesperson.

Twitter has never acknowledged publicly that Trump has violated any of its guidelines.

CEO Jack Dorsey has also defended Trump’s tweets.

“I believe it’s really important to have these conversations out in the open, rather than have them behind closed doors,” Dorsey had said in May.

 

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Trump once again compares Russia probe to McCarthyism

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Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) President Donald Trump on Sunday once again, as he has regularly done, compared the Russia probe investigation to McCarthyism, the anti-communist campaign pursued by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.

“Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby! Rigged Witch Hunt!” said Trump on Twitter.

This kind of comparison has become a staple of Trump’s tweets, in which he regularly refers to the probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as McCarthyism and a “witch hunt,” Efe reported.

Since May 2017, Mueller has been tasked with heading an independent investigation of possible links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

US media reported Saturday that Mueller’s team of prosecutors have proposed up to six months in prison for George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to Trump, for having lied to the FBI during questioning of him for the Russia probe.

Papadopoulos is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 7.

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US sanctions Myanmar military personnel, units over human rights abuse

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Washington, Aug 18 (IANS) The US Treasury Department on Friday announced to sanction four commanders and two military units in Myanmar, accusing them of being related with human rights abuse cases in the country.

In a statement, the Treasury said the targeted commanders were from Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP), Xinhua reported.

Together with the 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID) and the 99th LID, the commanders were punished over the alleged involvement in ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State and “other widespread human rights abuses” in Kachin and Shan States.

These individuals and entities were designated according to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 that targeted “perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption.”

Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in the statement that the US government “will continue to systematically expose and bring accountability to human rights abusers in this region.”

As a result of these actions, any property, or interest in property, of those designated within U.S. jurisdiction is blocked.

Additionally, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities 50 percent or more owned by designated persons.

Building upon the act, US President Donald Trump signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, or “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.” To date, 84 individuals and entities have been sanctioned under the order.

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Trump’s military parade estimated to cost $92 mn

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Washington, Aug 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s military parade is estimated to cost 92 million dollars, according to a CNBC report on Thursday, quoting an anonymous US defence official.

An earlier estimate put the cost at 12 million dollars, $80 million less, said the report, Xinhua reported.

The new figure consists of 50 million dollars from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security.

The parade is scheduled to take place in US capital city Washington on November 10 this year, featuring armored vehicles, aircraft flyovers and period uniforms.

The final plan has not been approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, according to local media.

The ceremony is said to be largely inspired by Trump’s front-row seat at France’s Bastille Day military parade in Paris last year.

The United States has not held a major military parade in Washington since 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm.

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