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October 8, 2019

We regret to inform you that Hillary Clinton is back at it.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump tauntingly tweeted about Clinton in an indirect attempt to insult Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). "I think that crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren," Trump said, unsurprisingly mentioning Clinton's emails along the way. A few hours later, Clinton tweeted a downright disturbing response.

Clinton (or whoever's running her social media accounts) has a penchant for snappy responses to Trump and Republicans. Unfortunately for her, they've never quite produced the results she has hoped for. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 2, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is ramping up her campaign to deplatform President Trump.

Harris has been calling in recent days for Trump to be suspended from Twitter, and she's now taking that request directly to CEO Jack Dorsey in a formal letter. In it, the Democratic presidential candidate argues that Trump with his recent tweets has violated Twitter's policies that prohibit targeted harassment and the glorification of violence.

In particular, Harris claims that Trump's tweets comparing the whistleblower who filed a complaint against him to a spy violate Twitter's policies, as do his tweets accusing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of treason and relaying a quote that there will be a "Civil War like fracture" if he is removed from office.

"These are blatant threats," Harris writes. "...Others have had their accounts suspended for less offensive behavior. And when this kind of abuse is being spewed from the most powerful office in the United States, the stakes are too high to do nothing."

Still, don't bet on Harris' push amounting to anything, seeing as Twitter has made its position on this issue clear, in a blog post last year saying that "blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate" and would "hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions." Brendan Morrow

November 21, 2018

George Papadopoulos just learned a lesson in thinking before you tweet.

The former Trump campaign adviser who last year pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI is set to begin a 14-day prison sentence on Nov. 26, but he's currently seeking a delay. His argument for a delay hinges on the outcome of a different case challenging the legality of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, Bloomberg reports. Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's actions during the 2016 election led to Papadopoulos' prosecution.

In response to this request, Mueller said in a filing Wednesday that it should be denied, reports Talking Points Memo. "The defendant received what he bargained for," Mueller's office wrote, "and holding him to it is not a hardship." Mueller's lawyers said there was no legal basis for a delay, and furthermore said Papadopoulos had backpedaled on his own acknowledgment of guilt.

Papadopoulos had gotten a lighter sentence after the judge said he demonstrated remorse for his crimes, but Mueller disputed this Wednesday by citing a series of tweets where Papadopoulos clearly said he regretted pleading guilty and called his sentencing a "case of entrapment." Mueller's office said the tweets "appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing." Papadopoulos has since deleted all of these tweets, which clearly did him no good, as they still show up in the filing with citations that read, "This tweet has since been removed from the defendant's public Twitter account." Brendan Morrow

October 12, 2018

Facebook has just provided a sobering update on exactly how much information hackers stole during its recent data beach. Spoiler alert: It's a lot.

First, though, there is some mildly good news: Facebook says 29 million accounts were affected in the data breach they disclosed two weeks ago, down from the 50 million accounts they feared had been hit. But the good news stops there, as 14 million of those users had a substantial amount of personal information accessed: their name, phone number, email address, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birthdate, education, work, website, people and pages followed, and the devices they use to go on Facebook. Worst of all, though, Facebook says the hackers were also able to access these users' 15 most recent Facebook searches, as well as the last 10 physical locations they checked into or were tagged in.

An additional 15 million accounts had just their name and contact information accessed (either their phone number, email address, or both depending on what was listed on the account).

Facebook says it's now working with the FBI on an investigation into this data breach and that the bureau asked them not to talk about who may have been responsible. If you want to find out whether your account was affected, and whether you're one of the 14 million, you can visit Facebook's Help Center. Brendan Morrow

September 12, 2018

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is agreeing with white nationalists on Twitter again.

King on Wednesday tweeted a complaint that "leftists" call people "Nazis" when they really want to say "racist," additionally accusing said leftists of being akin to Nazis in that both are "socialists." In doing so, King retweeted a white nationalist who runs an alt-right media company that reportedly peddles Holocaust denial, racism, and denounces interracial marriage.

King's tweets have drawn criticism before, like when he railed against the scourge of multiculturalism, or when he retweeted a Nazi sympathizer to warn of the dangers of migration. Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer said last year that King was "basically a white nationalist at this point," after he agreed with an anti-immigrant politician from the Netherlands. King defended himself earlier this year by saying he didn't know who he was retweeting, just that he agreed with the message. Summer Meza

August 17, 2018

In an attempt to deliver a zinger on Twitter, Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart may have only succeeded in zinging himself.

The Virginia candidate often tweets inventive hashtags about his political rivals, sometimes with disastrous results. On Friday, Stewart shared a picture of "AntifaTimKaine," depicting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) shaking hands with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Ignoring the fact that the U.S. and Soviet Union were allies at the time that photo of Stalin was taken, Stewart joked that Kaine and Stalin were "discussing economic policy" back in 1944, making it out to be scathing commentary on Kaine's policies. Stewart is looking to unseat Kaine, but Kaine's communications director didn't seem too worried about the latest doctored images, pointing to Stewart's support of a white supremacist candidate and providing some edited photos of his own.

Stewart's inflammatory rhetoric isn't coming to an end any time soon, he said, promising more surely-hilarious photos of his opponent "playing golf with Karl Marx!" Summer Meza

July 10, 2018

On Monday, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said he had placed his office's top gang prosecutor, Michael Selyem, on paid administrative leave during an investigation into vulgar and offensive social media posts. According to The San Bernardino Sun, Selyem called Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) a "loud-mouthed c--t" and said "you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now"; posted a crude photo about President Trump grabbing former first lady Michelle Obama by the penis; mocked Mexicans; and said of a victim of police shooting that the "sh--bag got exactly what he deserved."

Ramos said he learned about Selyem's Facebook and Instagram posts on June 28, and "more than several" people inside the district attorney's office and outside had complained about them. "As the district attorney, I was really concerned with comments regarding officer-involved shootings, because we handle those cases, as you know, on a daily basis," Ramos said at a news conference Monday. In the end, he added, Selyem could face "some form of disciplinary action, up to termination." Incoming District Attorney Jason Anderson said Selyem's comments are "not a reflection of the image I would like to portray of the DA's office." Selyem, 50, joined the San Bernardino district attorney's office 12 years ago. His cases are being reassigned. Peter Weber

May 17, 2018

In 9 out of 10 cases, brands using memes is a bad and not-funny idea. Incredibly, it turns out there is something that ruins a good meme even faster than a lame branded tweet, though: the U.S. military joking about killing people.

On Thursday, the United States Air Force dropped this rather alarming reference to the viral debate over whether this audio recording sounds like the word "yanny" or "laurel":

The alarm and backlash were immediate:

Some 300 members of the Taliban were reportedly killed fighting in Farah. Jeva Lange

Update 1:48 p.m. ET: The Air Force has deleted its tweet, writing: "We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed."

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