2020-08-15: Social Media Postees

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Twitter against Trump: It's all about truth
Florian Rotzer & Thomas Schuster | indybay.org | 2020-08-15
Trump's track record in the summer of the 2020 pandemic is disastrous, 1K deaths every day with a total of around 150K. More than 30 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits. Trump is trying to turn Biden into the destroyer of America. Trump is deliberatively working on the image of a dystopia that he claims only he can prevent.

Trump supporter Bill Mitchell, with over half a million followers, permanently booted from Twitter for 'opposing masks'
rt.com | 2020-08-15
Conservative pundit Bill Mitchell has been kicked off Twitter, saying his opposition to face masks first earned him a suspension, which became permanent after he unwittingly violated the rules by tweeting from a second account. | Mitchell announced his ban in a post on Parler on Friday, laying his Twitter handle to rest after accumulating more than 600,000 followers. Earning regular retweets from President Donald Trump, the account was a source of controversy, at times backing 'QAnon' conspiracy theories and voicing skepticism toward Covid-19, among other things. | "Twitter just suspended me for opposing masks…

EU calls Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plans
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-15
Welcoming a controversial deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, the EU on Friday called for Tel Aviv to abandon plans to annex areas of the West Bank."I welcome Israel-UAE normalisation; benefits both is important for regional stability," said Josep Borrell on Twitter.Stressing that suspending the annexation was a positive step, he called Israel to abandon the plans altogether."The EU hopes for resumed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on 2-state solution based on intl' agreed parameters," he added.- Israel-UAE dealThe deal to normalize UAE-Israel ties was announced by US President Donald Trump o…

'Israel-UAE deal null and void for Turkey'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-15
Turkey again lambasted on Friday a recent deal between the UAE and Israel to normalize ties between the two countries, saying the agreement is null and void for Turkey."This step, which ignores the rights of Palestinians, has already been condemned in the conscience of the peoples of the region, especially the Palestinians," Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.Altun stressed that the agreement had clearly shown "those who are behind the wave of instability that took the region for a long time," as well as those who had been "using the Palestinian people's righteous cause for their own interes…

Discussion of Wikileaks or any "Hacked Information" Banned Under New YouTube Rules
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-14
YouTube's decision to ban discussion of hacked information on its platform is unlikely to improve election integrity in the US, it will, however, continue to tilt the balance in favor of established corporate-funded outlets like Fox News and CNN.

Don't be Hoodwinked by Trump's UAE-Israel "Peace Deal"
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-14
Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt …

Don't be Hoodwinked by Trump's UAE-Israel "Peace Deal"
Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-14
"HUGE breakthrough today," crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool …

Trump Targets TikTok Social Media Platform, Escalates Trade War Between the U.S. and China
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-14
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that could ban TikTok from the U.S. if it is not purchased by an American company. On August 6, Trump's executive order banned U.S. financial transactions with Chinese company ByteDance, owner …

Venezuela: Caracas Mayor Dario Vivas Dies From COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-14
Caracas Mayor Dario Vivas Friday passed at the age of 70, after 20 days hospitalized with COVID-19. | RELATED: | Venezuela Fights Malnutrition With 3,000 'Food Houses' | On July 19, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) president had said on Twitter that he had tested positive for the virus and was going into self-isolation. As reported, he died after respiratory and cardiac complications. | Venezuela's Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab announced the news and confessed being…

Don't Ban TikTok and WeChat
Hina Shamsi | aclu.org | 2020-08-14
President Trump's executive orders threatening to ban TikTok and WeChat, two of the most popular messaging and social media apps in the world, are an unprecedented abuse of emergency powers. No president has ever taken actions like these against platforms that tens of millions of people in the United States use. , , Selectively banning platforms does little to protect our personal data from abuse — comprehensive surveillance reform and consumer privacy legislation would actually help accomplish that goal. Instead, the bans could cut off the flow of information, art, and communication that social media pr…

We Do Not Live in the World of Before
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-14
Following the announcement of US presidential candidate Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for VP, I have seen many social media posts. US American liberal friends seem thrilled and some have already started the "vote shaming." Biden and Harris have been forgiven or, better yet, not even noted for their centrist, rightwing past. And I have…

Imperialists Run The Same Tired Old Script Day After Fucking Day
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-14
tweeted the following: | "Belarusians, inside and outside of the country, have reached out to me this week to ask why the West is so indifferent to their courageous fight for democracy. I can't explain. Can you?" | I am not highlighting this tweet because it is remarkable (except for the extremely dubious claim that anyone ever reaches out to Michael McFaul). I am highlighting it because it is completely unremarkable. | New on MoA: | Belarus — A U.S. Sponsored Color Revolution Is Underway t.co/aQMnrMmMPc pic.twitter.com/HJkFv…

Imperialists Run The Same Tired Old Script Day After Fucking Day
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-14
Imperialist pundit and Obama administration cold warrior Michael McFaul recently tweeted the following: | "Belarusians, inside and outside of the country, have reached out to me this week to ask why the West is so indifferent to their courageous fight for democracy. I can't explain. Can you?" | I am not highlighting this tweet because it is remarkable (except for the extremely dubious claim that anyone ever reaches out to Michael McFaul). I am highlighting it because it is completely unremarkable. | New on…

Massive Evictions Will Compound the Public Health Crisis
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-14
Since March of this year the United States has been plunged into the worst outbreak of an infectious viral disease since the influenza pandemic of 1918-1920. | The impact of the COVID-19 outbreaks beginning in February and March has resulted in …

Twitter against Trump: It's all about truth
Florian Rotzer & Thomas Schuster | indybay.org | 2020-08-14
Trump's track record in the summer of the 2020 pandemic is disastrous, 1K deaths every day with a total of around 150K. More than 30 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits. Trump is trying to turn Biden into the destroyer of America. Trump is deliberatively working on the image of a dystopia that he claims only he can prevent.

EU does not accept Belarus election results, preparing sanctions — Foreign policy chief Borrell
rt.com | 2020-08-14
The European Union is refusing to recognize election results in Belarus and is preparing sanctions over the 'rigged' vote and the heavy-handed police response to protests, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has confirmed. | The EU "doesn't accept election results" in Minsk, Borrell tweeted on Friday evening, adding that work has begun on "sanctioning those responsible for violence [and] falsification" of the vote. | Concluded good and constructive #FAC. | Eastern Med: Full solidarity w/ Greece&Cyprus; calling Turkey for immediate dee…

CNN finally 'pressured' into covering story of Cannon Hinnant, five-year-old 'executed' by black neighbor
rt.com | 2020-08-14
The death of Cannon Hinnant, a white 5-year-old allegedly killed by a black man, was finally given brief coverage by CNN — after nearly a week of accusations that mainstream media was burying the story to fit a narrative. | Hinnant's death has been a hot topic on Twitter for almost a week, with thousands drawing attention to his story, but attracting little to no mainstream media coverage. | Darius Sessoms, 25, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after allegedly killing the five-year old who was playing in the front yard of his North Carolina home on Sunday. The incident was witnessed by Hi…

Infowars reporter Millie Weaver 'arrested' mid-premiere of her whistleblowing investigation into 'shadow government'
rt.com | 2020-08-14
Investigative reporter Millie Weaver and her husband have reportedly been arrested at the same time her documentary on the US "shadow government" was being screened on YouTube, sending Conservative Twitter into theory overdrive. | Weaver's "arrest" at the couple's home — which has yet to be confirmed by authorities — was initially reported by Infowars on Friday, shortly after the YouTube premiere of her documentary film "ShadowGate." The film purports to expose the secrets of the massive 'Deep State' intelligence apparatus manipulating politics within the US and beyond its borders, based on the repor…

Australian paper invokes wrath of woke Twitter by quoting Biden's own words in allegedly 'racist' cartoon about him and Harris
rt.com | 2020-08-14
The Australian is under fire for publishing an allegedly racist cartoon that depicts US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden referring to his running mate Kamala Harris as "this little brown girl." | The cartoon by artist Johannes Leak was published in Rupert Murdoch's The Australian newspaper earlier this week, in an apparent attempt to deride the US Democratic party for perceived tokenism and racially motivated pandering, according to the paper's editor-in-chief, Christopher Dore. | Here's your little reminder of how ludicrously racist Australian commercial media are. This is in the country's only nat…

US Postal Service struggles to explain DISAPPEARING mailboxes as Trump declares war on mail-in voting
rt.com | 2020-08-14
The US Postal Service has given conflicting reasons why mailboxes are being removed from Portland, as a vicious partisan tug-of-war over mail-in voting comes to a head, with President Trump vowing to block funding to the agency. | After several images of USPS trucks being loaded up with street-side mailboxes in Portland and nearby Eugene went viral, Postal Service spokesman David Rupert told local media his agency was merely replacing old, vandalized post boxes with "newer, more secure models." | Insisting "every location that had a collection box will keep a collection box," Rupert consoled nervous locals tha…

YouTube aims to 'protect' elections by CENSORING what it deems to be 'hacked materials'
rt.com | 2020-08-14
YouTube will remove videos containing "hacked information" about election candidates if it deems them aimed at election meddling. The censorship is supposedly needed to protect the integrity of democratic institutions in the US. | The Google-owned video platform explained on Thursday how it intends to protect users from malign actors during election campaigns and allow apparently benign actors to better engage with voters. Among other things, YouTube will delete videos that contain "hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes such as elections and censuses," Leslie Mille…

TikTok's US Employees Prepare to Sue Trump Over App Ban, Loss of Paychecks
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-14
US TikTok employees are planning to take US President Donald Trump's administration to court after the commander-in-chief earlier this month issued an executive order stating that he would ban the Chinese social media app if its US operations were not sold by its parent company within 45 days.

Trump's New Racist Campaign Strategy Is Tweeting Mugshots of Black People
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-14
Donald Trump's campaign has been tweeting mugshots of Black people out on bail in an effort to instill fear in voters about a future Joe Biden presidency. | The tweets featured the mugshots and full names of four Black defendants in Minnesota who had been released on bail money raised by the Minnesota Freedom Fund in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. | "Donovan Boone is a vi…

Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, 'Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-14
"Edward Snowden is a patriot. Our democracy is better off because of him," tweeted the ACLU. "As we said four years ago, the president should pardon him." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/snowden_3_0_0.jpg

Police set fire to MST camp during eviction
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-13
Military police set fire to the Quilombo Grande camp of the Landless Rural Workers' Movement, located in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, with the objective of evicting the families that have been resisting a land repossession order for more than 35 hours. On the morning of Thursday August 13, the Eduardo Galeano Popular School was destroyed with a tractor. In addition to the school, on Wednesday morning, the police evicted dormitories where three families lived. | Despite the declarations from the governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema (Partido Novo), on social media that affirmed that his government defend…

Wednesday 8/19: www.facebook.com/events/2651741481710615/
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2020-08-13

UK imposes 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from France & Netherlands, doubles fines for not wearing mask
rt.com | 2020-08-13
The UK government will add six new countries to its travel quarantine list, including France and the Netherlands, requiring two weeks of self-isolation for new arrivals while boosting fines for those who flout face mask rules. | The new restrictions were announced on Thursday evening in a tweet from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, warning travelers that they will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine period should they arrive in the UK after 4am on Saturday, when the rule change will take effect. | "Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos and Aruba from our list of…

Black protector of Confederate statues dubbed a Dave Chappelle 'skit come to life' by Twitter users
rt.com | 2020-08-13
A black Alabama man vowing to defend symbols of the pro-slavery Confederate States of America went viral as his atypical persona reminded Internet community of a character from a sketch on comedian Dave Chappelle's show. | "Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Daniel Sims said on Wednesday to the local WHNT news in Alabama's Marshal county. He aims to protect the monuments to the US Civil War Confederacy from being taken down by vandals or any local authorities that may be pressured by the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't n…

Apple, Disney, Ford and Walmart among corporate giants pushing back against Trump's WeChat ban — report
rt.com | 2020-08-13
Major US companies have reportedly told the White House they are worried about losing access to the lucrative Chinese market after Trump signed an order targeting the popular Chinese WeChat app. | Citing sources familiar with the situation, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that "more than a dozen" US corporations had raised concerns in a recent call with White House staff about the "the potentially broad scope and impact" of the WeChat ban. According to the paper, Apple, Intel, Walmart, Disney, and Ford were among the companies that participated in the call. The companies declined to comment on the issue…

Trump Campaign Appears to Be Hiding Massive Facebook Spending — But Why?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-13
The Trump campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars on Facebook ads, but has not reported any of that spending to the Federal Election Commission, records show. | Along with a number of affiliated committees, the campaign appears to be funneling payments to Facebook through shell companies. Official committees affiliated with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden have also apparently used shell companies to foot Facebook ads, but those committees have reported a much larger proportion of the…

Twitter Spreads Paid U.S. Gov't Propaganda While Falsely Claiming It Bans State Media Ads
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries. | Ben NORTON | Twitter has demonstrated a clear, consistent bias in favor of the US government and its geopolitical interests. The social media giant has also repeatedly lied about its policies on state-backed media outlets. | Twitter unveiled a new feature on August 6 that labels government-affiliated media on the platform. Users immediately pointed out…

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
An Algiers court handed journalist Khaled Drareni a three-year prison sentence. The verdict has been widely condemned by human rights groups and Hirak movement protesters…

Families of missing Kashmiri men allege they were killed in a staged encounter
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Three men were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir on July 18. A few days ago, their pictures appeared on social media and were identified by their family members who said they were laborers who were searching for jobs…

Leaked documents reveal what TikTok shares with authorities — In the U.S
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-12
A glimpse at what the social media platform does in the U.S. underscores that data privacy issues extend beyond China.

Is the Face Mask Epidemic "Bringing on the Dumbing Down of Society?"
John C. A. Manley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
"The mask is just as detrimental to society as vaccinations," says Rose Davidson in a viral video.

Russia sees US attempts to revise UN res. 2231 unjustifiable
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — In a tweet on Wednesday, Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov named US attempts to revise UNSC Resolution. 2231 as 'counterproductive and unjustifiable'.

MSNBC accused of cropping image of Biden calling Kamala to remove script he was reading
rt.com | 2020-08-12
MSNBC has been accused of some comically conspicuous cropping of a photo of Joe Biden, obscuring his notes for the video call in which he told Kamala Harris she would be his 2020 election running mate. | As election season gathers pace ahead of the November vote to decide the US president, every word, photo and soundbite will be pored over endlessly by both the media and the public, which makes it all the more bizarre that MSNBC would attempt to somewhat needlessly obscure the phone script for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. | pic.twitter.com/kaiTOz0tDT– Steve Guest (@SteveGuest)

Cure worse than disease: We filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Mainstream media have denounced Ruptly video of Portland protesters burning Bibles as 'Russian disinfo', countering the unaltered viral footage with fake news of their own in bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump" as they neatly drape first an American flag over the flames, in the original video, which clocks in at under 90 seconds. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some…

'Trying to use internet as a private fiefdom': Ex-Russian President Medvedev SLAMS US authorities for web manipulation
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Washington is attempting to leverage the internet exclusively to its advantage, according to former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, now Deputy Chairman of the national Security Council. He says the strategy is "deplorable." | Speaking on Wednesday, Medvedev, who also served as Russian prime minister, said the pressure the White House placed on the owners of the social network WeChat (Chinese Internet giant Tencent) was a prime example of the US exploiting the internet as its own private tool. | He added that Washington aims to continue pursuing its policy of viewing the web only through the prism of its own…

Journalism Advocacy Group Says Labeling State Media on Social Platforms 'Fraught'
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-12
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) warned that labeling state media on social platforms is "fraught" given that the procedure implemented by Facebook, Google and Twitter may lack transparency, objectivity and consistency.

Derailed train in Scotland is 'extremely serious': Scottish leader Sturgeon
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said the derailment of a train near Stonehaven on Wednesday morning was "extremely serious", as video footage on social media showed smoke rising from the scene on the east coast of the country."This is an extremely serious incident," she said. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved."Police received reports of a train derailing near Stonehaven, a town 15 km (9 miles) south of the city of Aberdeen, at 0940 a.m. on Wednesday."Emergency services are currently in attendance and the inci…

Pakistanis | say 'Turkey is not alone' with countless tweets over East Med | dispute
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis voiced their support for Turkey regarding the Eastern Mediterranean dispute on social media using the hashtag, "#Turkeyisnotalone", amid an escalating rift between Ankara and Greece over seismic exploration and drilling activities in the region.As a sign of unity between the two brother countries, the hashtag "#Turkeyisnotalone" remained a top trend in Pakistan on the microblogging website on Wednesday.Posting countless tweets and photos, Pakistanis expressed their solidarity with Turkey over mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean."Pakistan and the Pakistani nation will nev…

Turkey lays 1,750 km streamer under Mediterranean Sea
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Turkey announced on Wednesday that it had laid two streamer cables on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea bed as part of its ongoing hydrocarbon exploration activities."By Aug. 23, a total 1,750 kilometers of streamer (seismic cable) was laid under the Mediterranean Sea for two-dimensional seismic exploration," Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Twitter.Turkey's seismic research vessel, the MTA Oruc Reis was "x-raying the seas."As part of the country's hydrocarbon surveying activities, Turkey released a NAVTEX (navigational telex) on Aug. 10, 2020, announcing that the Oruc Reis would begin cond…

A BBC journalist's tweet sums up the broadcaster's rancid attitude towards refugees
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
A BBC journalist managed to sum up in one tweet the broadcaster's rancid coverage of refugees crossing the Channel. But the situation also points to a wider problem: how co-opted the media is, and how corporations co-opt politics for their own gains. | The BBC: scraping the bottom of the barrel: | Both BBC and Sky News have faced criticism for their journalists…