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Twitter Permanently Banned Accounts Tweeting Or Connected To ‘Q.’ Backlash Grows.

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Twitter sent a warning to users on Tuesday stressing the platform will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting anything related to the QAnon, whose members often tweet about conspiracies related to the United States and who appear to support President Donald Trump.

The action led to the ban of 7,000 accounts and limited 150,000 users according to Twitter, as reported by NBC news.

The announcement regarding the action was first posted on the Twitter Safety handle. It issued the warning on Tuesday evening but many conservatives and civil libertarian users – most who do not follow Q – quickly responded, questioning the intentions of the multi-billion dollar left-leaning company.

In one Tweet conservative Hollywood producer Robby Starbuck stated “Not a Q follower but Antifa, Louis Farrakhan, Hamas, Iranian terrorists & more terror groups are on Twitter yet you do nothing. Why are you targeting only QAnon? Will you go after these terror/hate groups? Will you investigate alleged bot use by Diem coalition?”

Starbuck is asking what I’ve been asking for some time and why is Twitter a publicly traded company operating like a publisher when its platform was established as an open forum of discussion. That was the original promise of Twitter and its creators. Now it’s pushing this Orwellian style behavior that is detrimental to the welfare of a free society.

So Twitter will “no longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in trends and recommendations and will block URLs associated with the group from being shared on Twitter. It’s also working to ensure that it’s not promoting any conversations regarding the Q group.

But we don’t see this same concern from Twitter with regard to other groups on its platform.

And frankly, it’s disconcerting to see the action taken against QAnon conspiracy followers when earlier this month Twitter was accused of allowing anti-semitic hate to trend on its platform. A Yahoo story pointed this out in early July:

Twitter has been accused of “allowing racism to run rampant” after promoting a viral hashtag which contained numerous anti-Semitic tweets.

Several posts featuring anti-Jewish racism and Holocaust denial were presented to users looking at the hashtag #JewishPrivilege, which trended in the UK on Sunday night and Monday morning.

The word “Jews” was also trending on the platform for part of Monday.

Some since-deleted tweets referred to the gassing of Jews by Nazis and “going to the only 6 million star hotel in history and then complaining about it”.

Other posts still up on the site at the time of publication accused Jewish people of “shaming whites while pretending to be one of us” and controlling the media.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism expressed shock at the fact the tech company not only allowed tweets to remain on the platform, but also promoted them via its trending topics.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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