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Twitter and Facebook lose $51 billion in market cap in two days following Trump ban

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After Facebook and Twitter banned President Donald Trump from their platforms, the companies saw a combined market value loss of $51.2 billion over two trading sessions.

A significant number of users deleted their accounts in retaliation of the political censorship, resulting in investors dumping their stocks.

According to Business Insider, Facebook plunged by 4% on Monday and 2.2% on Tuesday, resulting in a decrease of $47.6 billion below what it was on Friday. Facebook traded at $245.64 per share as of 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Twitter plunged to 6.4% and another 2.4% Tuesday, resulting in a drop in market cap by $3.5 billion. Twitter traded at $45.79 per share as of Thursday at 4 p.m., compared to the closing price of $51.48 on Friday.

President Trump has slammed big tech for their censorship calling the ban a ‘catastrophic mistake.’

“Big tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” Trump said Tuesday. “They’re dividing and divisive, they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it.”

Trump said there will be a ‘countermove’ against the tech companies, many predicting that he might retaliate against tech giants for their bans.

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Chevron downsizes global San Fran headquarters, paying for employees to move to Texas office

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Oil giant Chevron made a huge announcement saying it will be closing its current global headquarters in San Ramon, California. Even more telling, its encouraging employees to move to Houston, Texas.

The San Francisco Gate reported “the oil company will cover relocation costs for those voluntarily leaving for the Texas office, which has been growing and employs nearly 6,000 people. Meanwhile, the San Ramon office buildings have experienced dwindling numbers in recent years.”

Although the company is not leaving the state completely, “company leadership has pushed for a permanent move to Texas in the past” adds SFGATE. Chevron, which has had “deep roots” in California going back to the late 1800s, will vacate its 100-acre campus in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal reports the business hopes to move into a smaller space in San Ramon, which will remain its headquarters. A company spokesperson told SFGATE “the current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population.”

“The move is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2023” they continued. “Chevron will remain headquartered in California, where the company has a 140-year history and operations and partnerships throughout the state.”

The SFGATE notes Chevron is one of “the East Bay’s legacy companies joining the trend” to move their headquarters out of the area in recent years. Tech companies such as startups like Coinbase to industry pioneers like Hewlett Packard and Oracle have all vacated, with Elon Musk having been “one particularly outspoken voice decrying California’s business conditions.”

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