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- Trump is off Twitter. The president was permanently banned from his favorite social media service on Friday because of the risk he would incite further violence after the Capitol riots.
- Twitter warned that it has seen discussion of ‘secondary attack.’ Twitter said it was concerned with how the president’s posts prior to his ban were being interpreted by the far-right as coded approval for their actions, and thus “likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021.”
- Twitter cracked down on QAnon. The firm suspended the accounts of Trump allies Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, as well as Ron Watkins, the operator of far-right social media site 8kun, NBC News first reported and Business Insider confirmed Friday.
- Trump tried and failed to circumvent the Twitter ban. He tweeted from the official @POTUS Twitter account Friday evening, but Twitter almost immediately deleted the tweets.
- There’s a pincer movement on Parler. The so-called free speech app, popular with Trump’s supporters, got booted off Amazon’s hosting service on Saturday, and Apple’s App Store.
- Gab, another self-proclaimed free speech service, says it’s gaining users. Gab, which is banned by both Google and Apple, tweeted that it was receiving over 10,000 new users every hour.
- Twitter blocked a Chinese Embassy tweet. On Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in the US posted a tweet claiming that Uighur women were no longer “baby-making machines” because of the eradication of extremism.
- Analysis: Tech bans don’t violate US free speech laws. The First Amendment bans the government from regulating the speech of private people and companies, not the other way around.
- Apple and Hyundai might team up on a car. Apple and Hyundai reportedly plan to sign a deal that would lead to a ‘beta’ version of an Apple electric vehicle as early as 2022.
- Amazon shut down Prime Pantry. The grocery and goods program was launched in 2014 and was initially offered to members of the Prime free shipping program.