Trump tweets about voter ‘fraud’ during G-20 opening meeting


As leaders from across the globe began a virtual summit discussing issues from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change, Donald Trump’s thoughts were elsewhere – on the tussle over the US election.

The president kept his head down, staring at something on his desk out of sight during a nine-minute speech on Saturday by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who welcomed countries taking part in a meeting of the Group of 20 nations hosted by his kingdom. The speech and footage of other leaders was shown live on the official G-20 website.

Then, within moments of the monarch ending his remarks, Trump tweeted to comment on an encounter with Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature. He promised: “We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!”

Trump’s post was in response to a tweet by Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, who met Trump at the White House on Friday along with House Speaker Lee Chatfield. “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan,” Shirkey and Chatfield wrote in a joint statement.



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Trump tweets about voter ‘fraud’ during G-20 opening meeting


As leaders from across the globe began a virtual summit discussing issues from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change, Donald Trump’s thoughts were elsewhere – on the tussle over the US election.

The president kept his head down, staring at something on his desk out of sight during a nine-minute speech on Saturday by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who welcomed countries taking part in a meeting of the Group of 20 nations hosted by his kingdom. The speech and footage of other leaders was shown live on the official G-20 website.

Then, within moments of the monarch ending his remarks, Trump tweeted to comment on an encounter with Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature. He promised: “We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!”

Trump’s post was in response to a tweet by Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, who met Trump at the White House on Friday along with House Speaker Lee Chatfield. “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan,” Shirkey and Chatfield wrote in a joint statement.



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Donald Trump tweets son Don Jr doing well after coronavirus infection


The president tweeted: “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!”

It comes hours after Friday’s disclosure that the 42-year-old Trump scion had become one of the nearly 12 million Americans infected by the virus. More than 250,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus, the highest death toll of any country.

Donald Trump Jr. learned of his positive test result earlier this week, has had no symptoms and was following all medically recommended guidelines for treating the illness, said a spokesperson, who was granted anonymity to discuss private medical information.

Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the coronavirus in July.

Scores of people who work for or associate with the president have also recovered from recent infections, including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.



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Twitter to Offer “Fleets,” or Tweets That Disappear


Borrowing a page from both Snapchat and Instagram, and showing again the tendency of all of the major social media companies to constantly borrow ideas from one another, Twitter has announced a move into ephemeral content.

“That thing you didn’t Tweet but wanted to but didn’t but got so close but then were like nah,” Twitter described the new feature as, in a message Tuesday. “We have a place for that now—Fleets!” 

Per a video posted alongside the message, Fleetswhich presumably is a neologism meaning “fleeting tweets”—function similarly to Instagram stories. Users can post them, and then they go away after twenty-four hours. The feature is rolling out to all users Tuesday.

Like most changes and new features added to Twitter in recent years, much of the user base reacted by asking why Twitter did this in particular, and not by adding an edit button, or by striking back against harassment on the platform. Some pointed out that the option of making tweets disappear has existed all along, via the delete button.

Others had witty reactions.

“Naming tweets after a bespoke enema seems pitch-perfect to me, tbh,” tweeted writer Jacob Bachrach.

“Reminder that the things that you were gonna tweet but then were like ‘nah’ to are usually the sort of thing that others will screenshot against the inevitability of you deleting it once you start being ratioed, so…. yeah. This is actually not the answer to that,” novelist John Scalzi said.

The new feature comes at a time when Twitter is once again under fire from Congress. For the second time in two months, the chief executives of Twitter and Facebook—Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg—are testifying Tuesday before a Senate committee over supposed anti-conservative bias by the tech industry.

This time, it is the Senate Judiciary Committee, asking questions of the CEOs over their handling of the election, specifically the many disclaimers that have been placed on tweets by President Trump. Many such tweets have spread false conspiracy theories about the election, vote-counting and other aspects of the presidential election.

A different Senate committee, the Commerce Committee, had held a hearing in October, with Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, which specifically focused on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Next, Twitter is facing the question of whether President Trump’s Twitter account will outlast his presidency. Twitter has a “public interest” policy that gives a certain amount of leeway to the accounts of world leaders, something that will no longer apply to Trump’s account once he leaves office. While it has placed disclaimers on many of the president’s tweets, Twitter has never suspended or banned his account.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Twitter Has Labeled 34% of Trump’s Tweets Since Election Day



A recent report from the New York Times analyzes Twitter’s moderation of the platform during the 2020 Presidential election, noting that 34 percent of tweets from President Donald Trump were marked as “disputed” by the platform since election day in an effort to lessen their viral spread across the platform.

In a recent article, the New York Times analyzes some of Twitter’s recent claims about the moderation of its platform during the 2020 Presidential election. Twitter alleges that it labeled around 300,000 election-related tweets as “disputed” as part of its moderating practices. This accounts for around 0.2 percent of all discussion on the subject.

Disclosing these figures makes Twitter the first major social media platform to publicly evaluate its performance around the 2020 election. Twitter, Facebook, and Google all previously faced criticism for their handling of the 2016 presidential election, now it appears that the companies are doing more to publicly appease critics.

From October 27 to Wednesday of this week, Twitter has labeled 300,000 tweets as “disputed,” warning readers that tweets could be misleading or false. Twitter restricted 456 of these messages preventing them from being shared or receiving likes or replies, an extreme measure applied to many of President Trump’s tweets.

Between election day and Friday of this week, Twitter labeled around 34 percent of President Trump’s tweets and retweets as “disputed.” Breitbart News has reported extensively on this, noting recently that 25 of President Trump’s posts across Twitter and Facebook were labeled or disputed within 24 hours.

Twitter’s head of legal and policy, Vijaya Gadde, wrote in a blog post: “These enforcement actions remain part of our continued strategy to add context and limit the spread of misleading information about election processes around the world on Twitter.”

Evelyn Douek, a lecturer at Harvard Law School who focuses on online speech, commented on Twitter’s results to the New York Times stating: “Nothing about the design of these platforms is natural, inevitable or immutable. Everything is up for grabs. This was the first really big experiment in content moderation outside of the ‘take down or leave up’ paradigm of content moderation,” she added. “I think that’s the future of content moderation. These early results are promising for that kind of avenue. They don’t need to completely censor things in order to stop the spread and add context.”

Read more at the New York Times here.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com





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Trump’s tweets ‘systematically divert media away from potentially harmful topics’, study finds | Science & Tech News


Donald Trump’s prolific tweeting masks a strategic use of the social media platform to divert the media from covering topics that are potentially harmful to him, according to new research.

Behavioural scientists at the universities of Western Australia and Bristol have published a peer-reviewed paper into how the US president‘s messages on Twitter affect news coverage.

The research follows Mr Trump’s failure to be re-elected, something that he has responded to by repeatedly claiming on Twitter, without offering any evidence, that he has been the victim of electoral fraud.

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The university analysis demonstrates the president has successfully managed to suppress negative media coverage, including of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, by tweeting about other topics.

Since first announcing his candidacy for the White House in 2015, Mr Trump has published more than 30,000 tweets which have been scrutinised by many academics in numerous independent studies.

There is anecdotal evidence that his tweets have distracted news organisations from stories which could have negatively impacted the president’s reputation.

One example given by the researchers notes “when the $25m Trump University settlement became public in late 2016, Trump’s tweets focused on the controversy surrounding the Hamilton Broadway play, whose cast pleaded for a diverse America at the end of a performance”.

As a result of these tweets, news media focused far more on the Hamilton controversy than on the Trump University settlement – anecdotally. But the researchers wanted a scientific method to analyse whether this was the case.

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To find a scientific way to examine whether Mr Trump’s tweets successfully depressed news coverage of scientific stories, the researchers focused on coverage of the Mueller investigation by the New York Times and ABC News.

They selected a set of keywords that would play to Mr Trump’s preferred topics, such as “jobs”, “China”, and “immigration” and saw if tweets on those topics became more common following reports on the Mueller investigation.

They then measured whether these tweets in turn resulted in less coverage of the Mueller inquiry as media organisations rushed in to report on the new tweets, including fact-checking them.

According to the researchers, their analysis “presents empirical evidence that is consistent with the hypothesis that President Trump’s tweets systematically divert attention away from a topic that is potentially harmful to him, which in turn appears to suppress media coverage of that topic”.

However, they add: “It remains unclear whether the president is aware of his strategic deployment of Twitter or acts on the basis of intuition.”

The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.



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Wall Street Glad To Be Free Of Trump’s Tweets Following Biden Win


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Analysts Say These 3 Stocks Are Their Top Picks for 2021

The year is winding down, and most of us would say ‘good riddance.’ Is there evidence that the markets are getting back onto an upward track? The summer saw big gains on Wall Street, perhaps a bubble, but definitely a bull market. September saw it slip off track, October has seen a partial recovery, while November started with a bang — or to be more precise, a boom.Some of Wall Street’s analysts see the remaining time for some smart stock plays in a volatile environment, and they are tagging their top picks to start the new year on a high note. Let’s take a closer look.SVB Financial Group (SIVB)The first stock on the list is Silicon Valley’s largest deposit holding bank. SVB Financial Group is the holding company owning Silicon Valley Bank, a commercial bank specializing in high-tech venture capital. Since its founding in the 1980s, SVB has provided funding for more than 30,000 start-ups, and has also become a major financial services provider for Napa Valley’s vineyards.Working in the high-wealth areas of the San Francisco Bay region, and maintaining offices in other financial centers around the world – London, Hong Kong, and Toronto, among others – Silicon Valley Bank was well-positioned to weather the corona crisis. The bank’s revenue has been rising through 2020, from $807 million in Q1, to $860 million in Q2, to $1.08 billion in Q3. Earnings, after a sequential slip entering Q1, have also been on an upward track; the Q3 EPS came in at $8.47, beating the forecast by 55%.The bank’s shares have reflected the strong financial performance. SVB is up 27% year-to-date, having bounced back from the mid-winter market crash.Covering SIVB for Maxim, analyst Michael Diana writes, “SIVB remains our top bank pick due to: 1) its unique, non-replicable franchise; and 2) the growth implications of that franchise… The environment for VC-backed companies has improved, in our view, especially for the technology and life sciences companies that are SIVB’s focus… we expect that SIVB’s deposits, loan volumes, and investment/warrant gains should all benefit in 2021.”Diana rates SIVB as a Buy, and his $335 price target implies another 10% gain for the year ahead. (To watch Diana’s track record, click here)Overall, SVB Holdings has a Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus, based on 13 recent reviews, including 10 Buys, 2 Holds, and 1 Sell. (See SIVB stock analysis on TipRanks)Danaher Corporation (DHR)The second stock on the list is a conglomerate, a globally diversified company based in Washington, DC. Danaher works in the science and technology field, bringing together a range of companies through acquisitions and partnerships. Danaher operates three business segments, Life Sciences, Diagnostics, and Environmental & Applied Solutions.Danaher has performed well through 2020, repeating its normal pattern of rising earnings from Q1 – but on steroids. The first quarter EPS was low, at $1.05, but quickly rose to $1.44 in Q2 and then $1.72 in Q3. The third quarter result was 25% higher than expectations. Revenues followed a similar path, gaining from $4.3 billion in Q1 to $5.9 billion in Q3.DHR shares have heavily outperformed the overall markets this year, rising nearly 60%.Doug Schenkel, 5-star analyst from Cowen, sees Danaher benefitting directly from the current pandemic situation and, as a result, moves the stock to a Top Pick.“We believe DHR has one of the best product portfolios among the Tools group to address the current COVID-19 challenges (bioprocessing, Dx). Over the next several quarters, a double-digit pro forma core revenue growth rate appears attainable, in part driven by these COVID-19 solutions. Looking beyond the current pandemic, we believe management commentary on the evolution of the business portfolio, strategy to extract durable revenue from near-term COVID-19 driven demand, and M&A capacity (we estimate ~$15B+ over the next 12 months) should help build confidence that DHR is now plausibly built to generate sustainable HSD core revenue growth. This would be an impressive growth profile for a nearly ~$200B market cap Tools company and is well above current consensus estimates.” Schenkel opined. Schenkel, who is rated 56 of more than 7,000 analysts in the TipRanks database, rates DHR shares as an Outperform (i.e. Buy). His price target of $275 indicates an upside of 12% in the next 12 months. (To watch Schenkel’s track record, click here)Overall, Danaher boasts a Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, and it is unanimous – the stock has received 6 Buys in recent weeks. (See DHR stock analysis on TipRanks)Boston Beer (SAM)The last stock on the list today is one you may be familiar with. Boston Beer is the owner of Sam Adams, the popular brew named after the Colonial-era patriot. Boston Beer is the fourth largest brewery in the US, boasted $1.33 billion in revenue for 2019.So far, 2020 has been a good year for Boston Beer. To put it bluntly, the social lockdown policies keeping people at home caused many of them to turn to beer for comfort, and Boston Beer has a well-liked flagship brand. The company’s earnings have risen steadily this year, from $1.32 in Q1 to $6.10 in Q3. At the top line, revenues have moved from $330 million in the first quarter, to $492 million in the third.Of the stocks on this list, Boston Beer has shown the strongest year-to-date share appreciation. The stock has almost tripled, gaining 183% despite all the vicissitudes of 2020.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer, who holds 5 stars with TipRanks, has reviewed the company’s latest Q3 results and was duly impressed. As a result, Azer reiterated SAM as her Top Pick.“SAM handily beat our above-consensus est. for 3Q (historically their biggest EPS quarter, at 40% of 2019)… the company expects *all* of their brands to grow in 2021… Despite the reality of COVID uncertainty, select nuances inform the company’s ahead-of-expectation outlook: 1) delayed shelf sets… 2) line of sight in terms of in-house and outsourced capacity and 3) an outlook for a doubling of hard seltzer,” Azer wrote.In line with her upbeat outlook, Azer rates the stock as a Buy along with a $1,250 price target. Her target suggests an upside of 17% over the coming year. (To watch Azer’s track record, click here)Overall, SAM shares get a Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus on Wall Street. The stock has 9 recent reviews, breaking down to 6 Buys and 3 Holds. (See SAM stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.



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US election results: Donald Trump insists he ‘won’ election in first tweets after losing to Joe Biden | US News


Donald Trump has once more insisted that he has won the election, tweeting for the first time since Joe Biden was announced as the next US president.

Mr Trump repeated unfounded claims of election fraud and suggested votes for his Democratic rival were not legal.

He wrote: “THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!”

He soon followed up with another tweet: “71,000,000 Legal Votes. The most EVER for a sitting President!”

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At the time of his posts, there were 70,356,821 votes for Mr Trump and 74,523,535 votes for Mr Biden.

Mr Trump’s comments come after Mr Biden took an unbeatable lead in Pennsylvania – picking up its 20 Electoral College votes and passing the 270 needed to gain the White House.

As the Saturday morning news swung Mr Biden’s way, President Trump was swinging clubs at the Trump National Golf Club.

The 209th outing to the course as president should be one of his last, even if we don’t yet know how long he’ll stick around the 19th hole.

But expect “rough, bunkered and shanked” to pepper the political obituaries, much as they did his term in office.

“Trump, pack your crap and get out, you’re done!” said 47-year-old Biden supporter Tracy Haag, who was among a crowd who had gathered at the end of the road into the course in Sterling, Virginia.

A raucous Saturday morning in this quintessential US suburb might extend to the trailer thump of a picnic hamper any other time. This weekend, it played host to a Trump/Biden cacophony contest of car horns, whistles, shouts and insults.

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At one end of the street, Biden supporters sang Kiss Him Goodbye, (the “na-na-na-na, hay-hay-hay” one) and at the other, Trump supporters chanted “God Bless Trump”.

Ms Haag added: “The lawsuits have no merit, they are lawsuits designed to waste American money and time. Joe Biden has won, he has a mandate. He’s going to have more electoral votes than Trump had when he won in 2016.”

Standing alongside her, 65-year-old Barbara Moore, a court stenographer from Arlington, Virginia, said: “I’m just happy that the exhaustion will be over, the stress of what every day was going to bring with him, the slurs and the misogyny. I’m happy it’s over.”

Mr Trump left the course after around four hours to return to the White House. As he was driven past cheering Trump supporters, he didn’t betray the burden of a president on the precipice, posing with a beaming smile and double thumbs up.

His admirers loved it, but you have to wonder at the thoughts of the audience beyond.

Take potential donors to the legal fighting fund. Since Wednesday Team Trump has been sending out requests for donations to help with the costs of its election challenge.

Anyone parting with hard cash will want proof of a plan to underpin their investment. In these circumstances playing golf, perhaps, wasn’t a good look.

Back in the White House, Mr Trump would have heard the celebrations of his defeat on the other side of the fence.

This is a city high on politics and the sound from Black Lives Matter Plaza carried into the White House grounds like an excited sports crowd.

Inside the building itself, the talk among staff was of a legal action plan that lacked any co-ordination. One source spoke of a presidency heading towards a “great anti-climatic ending”.

His campaign manager, Bill Stepien, had a conference call with supporters during which they were told to “stay at the ready” at a moment’s notice in case they were needed for rallies and protests. The message was “this isn’t over”.

It’s a message echoed by the Trump supporters who gathered outside his golf club.

Wally Bunyea, 72, a military veteran from New York, said: “Anybody who’s got any sense at all can see that there is massive voter fraud and we have got to adjudicate every instance of that.

“We’re fighting for the right to free and fair elections.

“There will come a point when someone has to admit defeat and if we can get rid of all the bad votes that were harvested and the illegal activity, somebody else might be conceding defeat.”



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US Election 2020: Donald Trump tweets


He has issued a statement this morning reiterating his false claim of fraud, as he returns to the oval office for the first time since the election.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win the election! If you count the illegal and late votes, they can steal the election from us!” he said.

Donald Trump speaking after the election. (AP)

It follows a flurry of several tweets in all capitals on Thursday morning local time, many censored or marked with a warning by Twitter and on that he swiftly deleted which appeared blatantly a lie.

“ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!” Mr Trump said in the now-deleted tweet.

Key states the president needs to win the election are either swinging further in Mr Biden’s favour or Mr Trump’s lead has slimmed.

Five key states crucial to victory remain undecided: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Losing any of those seats to Mr Biden will make Mr Trump’s path to the White House incredibly narrow.

A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mr Trump is continuing to claim fraud by the Democrats and promising to challenge the results in court.

“All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud,” he said this morning.

“Plenty of proof – just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!”

There has not been any proof of fraud alleged against the Democrats.

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Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Indian Interfaith Couples Stay Up For Months


For nearly two months, tweets by far-right Hindu nationalists in India doxing dozens of young interfaith couples — usually Muslim men marrying Hindu women — circulated on Twitter.

“This is going to be a long thread,” one of the accounts involved in the doxing said, following it up with 17 more tweets. Each tweet contained pictures of government documents including names, ages, occupations, addresses, and photographs of Hindu-Muslim couples in India. “Look at these pictures,” another tweet from the same account said. “Who instigates these couples to get together? It can’t be that they just ‘fall in love.’”

On Monday, as outrage mounted in India, Twitter finally took down some of the largest threads, even though people had been reporting them for weeks.

But more than half a dozen other tweets doxing interfaith couples remained after the first takedowns. One of them included a tweet from a politician from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who tweeted the address of an Indian actor who allegedly converted to Islam. Twitter took down these posts after BuzzFeed News asked about them.

None of the accounts whose tweets were taken down were suspended.

A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, “Posting a person’s private information without their consent is a direct violation of the Twitter Rules and one may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so.”

In India, one of Twitter’s fastest-growing markets, the controversial Special Marriage Act requires interfaith couples to announce their intent to get married to the government and wait 30 days for approval, during which the couple’s application is put up for public scrutiny at the marriage registration department. The law is currently being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court, with a petitioner calling it “unjust, illegal, and unconstitutional.”

But despite the controversies, last year, the state of Kerala went a step further: It uploaded all applications to its marriage registration website, where anyone could download them.

The move swept hundreds of interfaith marriage applications onto social media. Hindu nationalists claimed the applications were proof of “love jihad,” a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that accuses Muslim men of marrying Hindu women to lure them away from their faith, slowly turning India, a Hindu-majority country, into an Islamic nation. Those conspiracy theories have fueled violence at the same time that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tapped into Hindu nationalism to fuel his rise to power.

Although Facebook has been criticized for letting “love jihad”–related hate speech flourish on its platform in the past, the company did take down these particular instances of doxing whenever they were reported, two couples whose applications were posted to the platform told BuzzFeed News. But the documents, full of personal and identifying information, floated freely on Twitter for months.

Some of these tweets had thousands of retweets and likes and tagged prominent members of the Indian far right, including Kapil Mishra, a BJP politician whose speech at a February rally was uploaded to Facebook and is believed to have sparked religious violence that killed more than 50 people in the state of Delhi — most of them Muslims.

“Hindu bloodlines are being exterminated; mass conversations in progress,” read a tweet from July that had nearly 3,000 retweets.

“I will post each [application] I have,” read another tweet with nearly 500 retweets.

“72 couples in total. This is a [campaign] to obliterate Hindus,” another read, with the hashtag #Hindus_Under_Attack.

“We enforce our policies judiciously and impartially for everyone,” Twitter said. “Our product and policies are never developed or implemented on the basis of political ideology. If people on Twitter see something that violates the Twitter Rules, the most important thing they can do is report it, by clicking the drop down arrow at the top of the Tweet and selecting Report Tweet.”

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Critics both inside and outside the technology companies headquartered in California allege that the platforms have failed to combat global harm. As a recently fired Facebook employee complained in an internal memo, “We focus upon harm and priority regions like the United States and Western Europe.”

“Love jihad is not a global campaign, but it’s high time for these Western companies to understand the real-world impact of something like this outside their geographies,” Athira Sujatha Radhakrishnan, a public policy professional in Bangalore, told BuzzFeed News.

Last year, Radhakrishnan, who is Hindu, and her husband, who is Muslim, were doxed. Their interfaith marriage application was one of the 150 applications that Hindu nationalists downloaded from the Kerala government’s website. Their application wasn’t posted to Twitter, but it still made its way through WhatsApp groups before reaching her mother through a neighbor, accompanied by a message to “stop love jihad.”

Radhakrishnan filed a police complaint and earlier this year wrote a Facebook post in which she tagged the minister in charge of marriage registrations. In July, the ministry walked back its decision to upload interfaith marriage applications to its website.

Radhakrishnan said she planned to file her own petition in the Supreme Court later this week focusing on the law’s potential to violate privacy.

Despite the takedowns, mistrust of Twitter lingers.

“If this happened in America with interracial couples being doxed, there would be rapid action, I am sure of it,” one Twitter user wrote on Tuesday. “But who cares about a bunch of Indian people? It’s not like their dying will make the international press, I mean people die here in the droves every day, amirite?”





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