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Will Pres. Trump lose his Twitter account when he leaves office?



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Twitter has been a longtime podium for President Donald Trump, going back to his account’s creation in 2009, a period when the social media site was just three years young but astronomically gaining more and more mainstream traction. However, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20, Trump’s account will lose certain protections Twitter has granted him for the past four years as a world leader.

The social media giant has policies that it applies to currently serving world leaders and some other officials, which gives them leeway with tweets of theirs that would otherwise violate the website’s content policy if they were regular Twitter users. Instead of removing the policy-violating tweets and content, the company leaves it on its site if there’s “a clear public interest value to keeping the tweet on the service.”

News officially broke that Twitter, while not saying Trump’s name or job title explicitly, would rescind its special treatment of world leaders once they no longer hold their positions and become private citizens, a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge in a November 7 report.

“Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” the spokesperson confirmed to the online technology publication.

At a November 17 congressional hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that the account of a given world leader, once they are no longer in power, would not be subject to this policy, saying, “If an account suddenly is not a world leader anymore, that particular policy goes away”.

Trump undeniably changed the entire political game with his use of Twitter in 2015 and 2016, with commentators and outlets, such as Vox, remarking at the time that he had “weaponized Twitter — with dangerous consequences“.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Kathy Hochul Call for Changes to New York City’s “Right to Shelter Law”



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In a surprising turn of events, former President Bill Clinton has joined forces with New York Governor Kathy Hochul in advocating for significant modifications to New York City’s long-standing “Right to Shelter Law.”

According to reports from Fox News, during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on 77 WABC radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” show, Clinton expressed his belief that the law, which mandates shelter for the homeless, should be revised given the current circumstances.

“Gov. [Kathy] Hochul thinks it should be modified, and it probably should under the circumstances,” Clinton remarked, acknowledging the need for change. He went on to assert that the existing law is fundamentally flawed, stating, “It’s broken. We need to fix it. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The “Right to Shelter Law” has been a fixture of New York City for over four decades and is aimed at ensuring that the homeless population has access to shelter. Moreover, New York City is often referred to as a sanctuary city, welcoming migrants and providing them with certain protections.

However, Clinton pointed out a specific concern related to this policy. He expressed his view that the city’s obligation to provide shelter extends to individuals who may not have work permits for up to six months after their arrival, raising questions about its practicality.

Furthermore, Clinton argued that migrants should have the opportunity to begin “paying their way” into American society through gainful employment and self-sufficiency.

“They ought to work,” Clinton asserted, emphasizing the importance of migrants entering the workforce, paying taxes, and supporting themselves economically. He noted that many migrants have no desire to rely on welfare assistance.

In addition to addressing the “Right to Shelter Law,” Clinton emphasized the role of immigrants in shoring up the American economy due to the nation’s low birth rate. He suggested that the United States should consider constructing more housing options near the border with Mexico to accommodate migrants, with the support of the Mexican government.

This approach, according to Clinton, would allow individuals to reside near the border while awaiting opportunities to find work and contribute positively to American society.

Clinton also acknowledged the political ramifications of the ongoing immigration crisis, acknowledging that it has been advantageous for Republicans. He attributed this to the inadequacies in the immigration system and a lack of sufficient border facilities.

The former president concluded by addressing the recent political losses suffered by Democrats in New York, attributing them in part to the perceived mishandling of the immigration issue. He stressed the need for his party to adopt a more “commonsense approach” to the challenges posed by migration.

The alignment of views between former President Bill Clinton and Governor Kathy Hochul on the need for changes to the “Right to Shelter Law” highlights the complexities and evolving dynamics surrounding immigration policy in the United States, particularly in major metropolitan areas like New York City.

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