“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but unify. Who doesn’t see red states or blue states, only sees the United States…let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again.”
These words came directly from Joe Biden himself during his first address to the nation as the media’s president-elect.
What happened to that call for unity over the weekend?
As President Trump continues to pursue legal challenges, thousands of his supporters gathered in the nation’s capital Saturday for the “Million MAGA March,” showing their support and expressing concerns over the integrity of the 2020 election.
— Emily Finn (@EmilyRoseFinn) November 14, 2020
But, it did not take long for violence to ensue.
The march was pillaged by violent Black Lives Matter and Antifa mobs who encircled and viciously attacked isolated Trump supporters.
Antifa attacking Trump supporters in DC as they leave peaceful march pic.twitter.com/SJV6dJLSb3
— Poso (@JackPosobiec) November 14, 2020
Even after several GOP lawmakers called out Biden, the so-called “president-elect,” on social media, he did not even acknowledge the violence.
And, the silence was nothing short of deafening.
When is Joe Biden, Mr. Unity, going to condemn this violence https://t.co/38dpmo5Kbj
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 15, 2020
Will Joe Biden condemn the violence against Trump supporters?
Will the media continue to ignore it? https://t.co/HaHXFLhK32
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 15, 2020
I’m sure Biden will denounce this when all the press ask him about it https://t.co/V0ursbLzDM
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 14, 2020
The left-wing media also failed, once again, to cover the violence by left-wing extremist groups in an effort to further glorify their president-elect. Yet, if the situation were reversed, they would be thirsty to replay footage like a broken record and hound President Trump to denounce the actions of these groups, which he has done several times.
Joe Biden, however? He’s off the hook.
GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called out Biden and the media for turning a blind eye to the violence.
“The lack of attention on this is a disgrace,” she tweeted.
There is no excuse for the violent attacks on @realDonaldTrump’s supporters in DC.
Where is Joe Biden’s condemnation?
Where is the mainstream media’s coverage?
The lack of attention on this is a disgrace.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 15, 2020
The media’s near total silence about the physical violence being perpetrated against conservatives is shameful & dangerous.
Just image the outrage and indignation if this went the other way.
Violence is never the answer and instigators must be condemned and prosecuted.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 15, 2020
Joe Biden called on the American people to come together, but refused to denounce the actions of his radical supporters.
The hypocrisy of the matter is chilling.
If he truly wants the unity he proclaims, this would be a good place to start.
Trump Will Not Return To Twitter Despite Elon Musk Acquisition
On Monday, former President Donald Trump said that he is not going to return to Twitter, which he was permanently banned from last year, after Twitter’s board of directors unanimously approved the sale of the company to Elon Musk.
Trump told Fox News that he is “not going on Twitter” and that he is instead going to be busy on his new social media platform, Truth Social.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter. Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.”
“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” Trump concluded.
As Fox News explained, “Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Twitter deemed a number of his tweets connected to the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of ‘the risk of further incitement of violence.’”
On Monday, Twitter’s board of directors unanimously agreed to be acquired by Elon Musk for $54.20 per share, or approximately $44 billion.
“The two sides worked through the night to hash out a deal that would be valued at $54.20 a share, or $44 billion,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Twitter had been expected to rebuff the offer, which Mr. Musk made April 14 without saying how he would pay for it, and put in place a so-called poison pill to block him from increasing his stake. But after [Musk] disclosed that he has $46.5 billion in financing and the stock market swooned, Twitter changed its posture and opened the door to negotiations.”
In a press release, Musk highlighted the importance of free speech and Twitter’s role as a “digital town square.”
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
Chinese-Owned TikTok Censored War against Ukraine for Russians Only, Created ‘Alternate Universe’
China is publicly siding with Russia politically in its inhumane invasion of Ukraine, but when it comes to technology, things are a bit more convoluted. Last month TikTok seemingly joined other big tech companies siding with Ukraine over Russia in the war by suspending uploads and live streams from Russia.
TikTok said it made the move, along with others, to “protect Russia users from the country’s new laws criminalizing criticism of its military” , reports The Washington Post. However, the Chinese-owned social media app “also walled off Russian users from seeing any posts at all from outside the country, including from Ukraine.”
Thus, a censored, ‘alternate universe’ was created for tens of millions of Russians who were unable to see and learn of the critical posts and atrocities the Kremlin was creating outside the Russian TikTok bubble.
Giulia Giorgi, a researcher at Tracking Exposed shared with The Washington Post that “in just one month, TikTok went from being considered a serious threat to Putin’s national support for the war to becoming another possible conduit for state propaganda.”
Tracking exposed has been studying the platform’s policies and actions in Russia since February when the invasion of Ukraine began. “Our findings show clearly how TikTok’s actions influenced that trajectory” Giorgi said of the escalation of state propaganda.
Giorgi shared information with The Washington Post “that videos bearing pro-war hashtags such as ‘for us’ and ‘Putin top’ continued to proliferate on TikTok in Russia for weeks after the block, while previously popular antiwar hashtags all but vanished from the platform.”
Tracking Exposed’s co-director added “our findings unequivocally show that TikTok is not being transparent about its actions in Russia” said Marc Faddoul.
Among the new findings is that TikTok appears to have belatedly closed a loophole in late March that Russian propagandists and creators alike had been exploiting to evade its ban on new video uploads from inside the country. Since March 26, according to Tracking Exposed and others, TikTok users who access the app from Russia cannot see any new content at all, with the app’s For You page limited to posts from inside Russia before that date. Yet thousands of pro-Putin posts that went up between March 6 and March 26, circumventing TikTok’s stated policies, remain available on the platform, uncontested by any outside or antiwar narratives.
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