After Twitter’s defiant refusal to ban fake news purveyor and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, CNN proved he had violated the social media company’sTerms of Service. Twitter refused to join YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and other top platform in banning Jones.
But then, as is often the case on Twitter, a movement to get Jones off Twitter sprung into action. 50,000 users blocked Twitter’s top advertisers.
Good morning! To encourage Twitter to drop Alex Jones, I just blocked the Twitter accounts of every Fortune 500 company w/ a Twitter presence. Ready to mass block Twitter’s most lucrative advertisers with me? There are three quick & easy ways. Instructions are in this thread.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018
The same day, Jones posted a literal call to arms on Twitter’s Periscope video platform, telling supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready, as Media Matters reported Tuesday.
Twitter reportedly asked Jones to take the video down. In other words, they gave him special treatment, just as they did after CNN’s report that about 20 of Jones’ tweets violated their TOS. Twitter announced that since Jones removed the offending tweets they would take no action.
But finally, late Tuesday night, Twitter appears to have handed Jones literally the lightest form of punishment available. He can still use Twitter but cannot post to the social media platform – for a week, as CNN’s senior media reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted:
Twitter spox confirms to me that the company has limited key functions on Alex Jones’ account after determining he violated another one of network’s policies. He can still browse Twitter, but can’t tweet, retweet, etc. for 7 days. Jones also required to delete offending tweet.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 15, 2018
CNN, confirming the suspension, reports Jones’ video said, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”
Twitter “suspending” Jones for just seven days is a slap on the wrist.
Earlier this week Jones announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has been the public face of the company’s refusal to ban Jones, an “ally against globalists.”
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Top Trump White Nationalist Stephen Miller Just Won a Major Battle Against Immigrants – Legal Immigrants
Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller has just won a major battle against immigrants in the United States – legal immigrants. After tremendous pressure on the Department of Homeland Security, Miller is advancing his agenda of not just blocking migrants from entering the country illegally, but making life in the U.S. so unbearable for legal immigrants that they leave the country.
The AP calls it one of the Trump administration’s “most aggressive efforts to restrict legal immigration.”
Under a new rule the Dept. of Homeland Security will begin in October to deny green cards to immigrants who have ever used taxpayer-funded assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, health care, prescription drug subsidies, or Section 8 housing vouchers. Additionally, the rule allows DHS to deny green cards to any immigrant who cannot prove in the future they would not access government benefits, as NBC News reports.
Miller, who has been credibly called a white nationalist, pressured DHS to pass the new rule – called a “public charge” regulation – and do it quickly. The new rule would allow the Trump administration to reinterpret a 1999 law to specify what government assistance programs can or can not be used by immigrants.
Politico earlier this month published a report after having obtained emails that “shed new light on how aggressively Miller has pressured the Department of Homeland Security to move faster on regulations to limit immigration. Critics say the new rule will be used to shore up Trump’s political base in the coming election year, and that it’s an illegitimate tool to reduce legal immigration.”
Miller wrote in April that the “timeline on public charge is unacceptable.”
“The public charge reg has been in the works for a year and a half. This is time we don’t have. I don’t care what you need to do to finish it on time. You run an agency of 20,000 people.”
“It’s an embarrassment that we’ve been here for 18 months and USCIS hasn’t published a single major reg,” Miller barked.
Studies show some immigrants who do not fully understand the new rule will choose to un-enroll from vital government assistance programs in the hope of protecting their immigration status. That means taking food, health care, and housing away from families, including those with young children.
Neo-Nazis Hit Democratic Candidate for Governor With Racist Robocall: ‘I Is the Negro Andrew Gillum’
Neo-Nazis based in Idaho are once again targeting Florida voters with a racist robocall attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.
The Huffington Post reports that the call features a voice actor who pretends to be Gillum and who spews racist stereotypes about black people.
“Well hello there, I is the negro Andrew Gillum, and I be asking you to make me governor of this here state of Florida,” the call begins. “My esteemed opponent, who done called me a monkey, is doing a lot of hollering about how expensive my plans for health care be.”
The ad also features sound effects of a monkey squealing in the background.
A disclaimer at the end of the robocall says that it was funded by Road to Power, an anti-Semitic, white supremacist website and podcast linked to Scott Rhodes of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Gillum’s campaign lambasted the robocall in a statement to the Huffington Post.
“These disgusting, abhorrent robocalls represent a continuation of the ugliest, most divisive campaign in Florida’s history,” said Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan. “We would hope that these calls, and the dangerous people who are behind them, are not given anymore attention than they already have been.”
Gillum, who won widespread praise for his debate performance against Trump-loving Republican Ron DeSantis this week, has consistently held a lead in polls of the Florida gubernatorial race, and currently holds a lead of just under five points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Listen to the racist call below.
White Supremacist Think Tank’s Tax-Exempt Charity Status Restored by IRS
A white supremacist think tank headed by the man who coined the term “alt-right” has just had its tax-exempt non-profit status restored by the IRS. The National Policy institute lost its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in March 2017, which was “triggered by its failure to file tax returns for three consecutive years,” Courthouse News reports.
National Policy Institute president Richard Spencer and NPI have been labeled white supremacist, although he reportedly rejects the term. The Anti-Defamation League says NPI is a white supremacist organization and Spencer is a white supremacist.
Spencer told the Associated Press, “When we lost it, it did feel like persecution, to be honest.”
The IRS automatically revokes tax-exempt status from organizations that don’t file tax returns for three years.
“The National Policy Institute raised $697,267 in tax-deductible contributions from 2007 through 2015,” the AP notes.
On its website The National Policy Institute says it is “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world.”
“Heritage” is a dog whistle term that can refer to white supremacism.
“Richard Spencer and NPI are at the forefront of Alt-Right activism,” the organization states.
Spencer rebranded racist hate ideology into the term “alt-right” in 2010.
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