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Idaho internet provider blocks Facebook, Twitter amid ‘censorship’ concerns

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An internet provider in Idaho confirmed it will be blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WiFi service for some customers beginning Wednesday.

According to a report by KREM 2, the T1 WiFi service provider said it decided to block Twitter and Facebook after the company received several complaints from customers regarding censorship on the platforms.

This comes after Twitter and Facebook banned President Donald Trump from their platforms due to violations of their terms of service.

In an email posted to Twitter by a customer, T1 WiFi says, “We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed to them and that they do not want their children to go to these sites.”

The email went on to explain that there are too many customers asking for the sites to be blocked and it would be very “tiresome” and “expensive” to visit each customer that wants the sites blocked.

The email continues, “There are too many people that have called for us to do one [customer] at a time so we will be blocking [Facebook and Twitter] and any other website that may also be censoring.”

The company says that two-thirds of its customers asked for the sites to be blocked.

Initially, the company said too many customers had requested the sites be blocked, so it would block them for all customers except for those who called the company and requested access. However, the company said Monday that those who didn’t request the sites be blocked would still have access.

The email explained that the T1 WiFi company does not condone big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter censoring users, so in return, they will be blocking them from their service.

“Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you,” the email reads. “This is why with the amount of concerns, we have made this decision to block these two websites from being accessed from our network.”

“We also don’t condone what Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Apple are doing either to Parler by trying to strong arm them into submission. Actually looks like they are trying to exterminate the competition.”

T1 WiFi’s actions could be considered censorship by violating Washington state’s Net Neutrality law.

The issue is being investigated by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division, according to reports.

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Trump has chosen his 2024 running mate but hasn’t told them yet

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During a campaign stop on Saturday, former president Donald Trump announced he has chosen his running mate for Vice President; but they are unaware they have been picked by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

They will know soon, as the vice-presidential choice will be attending the debate between Trump and President Joe Biden set to take place next week, Trump said.

The first presidential debate between Trump and Biden will air on CNN in primetime for 90 minutes. Trump will be hoping Joe Biden’s age and apparent mental decline will be on display for a national audience.

National Review writes of the VP rumors thus far for the Republican ticket:

North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, Florida senator Marco Rubio, South Carolina senator Tim Scott, and Ohio senator J. D. Vance are names that have come up repeatedly in news reports detailing Trump’s vice-presidential selection process.

Burgum emerged as a vice-presidential option after running a long-shot GOP presidential campaign and becoming a surrogate for Trump upon dropping outof the 2024 primary.

“He’s very well regarded within the Trump circle,” a senior official in Trump’s orbit previously told NR regarding Burgum’s VP chances. He was one of many contenders slated to attend the Republican National Committee’s annual donor retreat in May.

National Review adds Rubio’s prospects of being Trump’s running mate are complicated by the Twelfth Amendment’s language preventing a presidential and vice-presidential candidate from having the same state of residence. Trump changed his official residency to Florida during his presidential term.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, Florida representative Byron Donalds, and New York representative Elise Stefanik are other Republicans who have been floated as potential VP selections.

Noem’s vice-presidential chances diminished significantly because of a story she told in her new memoir about killing her dog two decades ago, drawing outrage and bewilderment from across the political spectrum.

Stefanik and Donalds are two of Trump’s most prominent supporters among House Republicans.

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