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Twitter CFO: If Trump runs again, his ban will remain

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Even if former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024, his ban from Twitter will remain permanent, the company’s chief financial officer said Wednesday.

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program Wednesday morning, host Rebecca Quick asked Twitter CFO Ned Segal whether the social media site would still keep its ban on Trump if he ran again and became president again.

“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal responded.

“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” he added, “and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”

“So, no?” Quick asked.

“He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who [was] a public official once they’ve been removed from the service,” Segal replied.

Shortly following a mob violently storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6—the same day that Congress, overseen by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was set to certify the states’ Electoral College votes and thus President Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory—multiple social media sites either suspended or permanently banned his accounts. Generally speaking, they argued that Trump violated their policies and was using the platforms to spread misinformation and undermine the democratic process.

Prior to Twitter permanently banning Trump, he was protected by the platform’s world leader policy, which exempts currently serving global leaders from penalties for posting certain policy-violating content. Trump, the company argued, needed to be held accountable for violating its policies, despite still being a world leader at the time.

Exactly one week after the riot, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” On Tuesday, the trial in the U.S. Senate began, the first one ever for a former president. If the chamber successfully convicts him, which isn’t expected to happen, one result would be a ban on Trump—who hasn’t ruled out a 2024 campaign—from running for office ever again.

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In their arguments, those in favor of convicting the former commander-in-chief have especially pointed to certain comments Trump made at the January 6 White House rally shortly before the riot and in the lead-up to the rally.

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In one of those comments among several others, Trump said toward the end of his speech to a fiery crowd of supporters: “We’re going to the Capitol” to give Republicans the “boldness that they need to take back our country.”

“Let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added, then telling the crowd he would “be there with you.”

On the other hand, those defending the former president, aside from claiming it’s unconstitutional to impeach Trump now that he’s out of office, have argued that he did not specifically tell his supporters to commit acts of violence and that there is no objective way to prove the election wasn’t stolen from Trump.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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