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Biden and Trump Nearly Tied In Latest Rasmussen Poll

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President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden are growing closer in polling with Trump gaining a point from Rasmussen’s last poll seven days ago. The July 22 data shows Biden with 47% of support from likely voters to 45% for President Trump.

The weekly Wednesday polling has shown an increase in Trump’s support — he held just 40% to Biden’s 50% when Rasmussen first began the polls.

In terms of party support, the numbers show Trump has 81% of support from Republican voters while Biden has 74% of Democrats pledged support.

For independents, Biden leads with 47% to Trump’s 36%, but “17% of these voters like another candidate or are undecided,” according to the poll.

Other polls have shown Biden dominating Trump but this report from Rasmussen puts those numbers into question, especially considering the polls that were widely-shared in November 2016 and turned out to be incorrect.

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Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook, Instagram ‘in coming weeks’

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Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in coming weeks” after a more than two-year suspension.

“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” Meta Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”

Twitter restored Trump’s account in November following its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has not yet resumed tweeting. Therefore it is unclear if he will use any of his former social media platforms, or instead remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Clegg said “We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election.”

New “guardrails” include new policies around restricting accounts by public figures during civil unrest. Under those policies, Meta can decide to restrict the account of a public figure that violates its community standards for a time ranging from one month to two years.

“If he now posts further violating content, that content will be removed, of course, and he could be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg said.

Posts will also be able to be limited on distribution without removing them or temporarily restricting access to its advertising tools. “Oblique references to QAnon content, for instance … is the kind of material that — even if it’s done obliquely, and doesn’t violate our community standards — we would seek to restrict the distribution of the content and/or restrict his ability to advertise,” added Clegg.

 

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