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Jack Dorsey says Khamenei’s threatening, antisemitic tweets don’t violate Twitter rules



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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted Wednesday while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee that his platform allows Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to tweet antisemitic and threatening messages simply because world leaders who engage in “saber-rattling” are protected under Twitter rules.

Chairman Wicker pointed out, “I have a tweet here from Mr. Ajit Pai. Mr. Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and he recounts some four tweets by the Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which Twitter did not place a public lable on. All four of them glorified violence.”

Wicker then quoted to the following of Khamenei’s tweets:

Wicker asked Dorsey, “I would simply point out that these tweets are still up, Mr. Dorsey, and how is it that they are acceptable to be there?…. How, Mr. Dorsey, is that acceptable based on your policies at Twitter?”

Dorsey replied, “Well, we believe it’s important for everyone to hear from global leaders and we have policies around world leaders. We want to make sure that we are respecting their right to speak and to publish what they need. But if there’s a violation of our terms of service, we want to label it and…”

Wicker interrupted asking, “They’re still up, do they violate your terms of service, Mr. Dorsey?”

Dorsey responded, “We did not find those to violate our terms of service because we consider them saber-rattling, which is part of the speech of world leaders in concert with other countries. Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm.”

Dorsey earlier defended Twitter’s instantaneous fact-checking of President Donald Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots.

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

Follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexCarterDC for more!

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