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Police officers placed at Georgia polling locations following threats

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Officers have been stationed at 40 polling locations in Georgia after threats were made concerning Georgia’s Senate runoff elections Tuesday, The Hill has reported.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that they were made aware of an email that went to several county employees “regarding threats to polling locations on election day.” Employees at several other counties received the same email.

The FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the threats, according to The Hill.

The source of the emails has not been identified, and the sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the threats, per reports.

Both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden visited Georgia on Monday to encourage their supporters to vote in the Senate race.

Tensions are high in Georgia as Tuesday’s runoff election will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

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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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