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September 16, 2020

Kanye West has fired off another jaw-dropping tweetstorm — and this time, Twitter is stepping in.

The rapper for hours on Wednesday sent out a lengthy series of tweets primarily focused on his desire to be freed from his current music deals, and at one point, he devoted numerous posts to tweeting out pages apparently from his Universal Music Group contract. But at one point, West also posted what appeared to be the phone number of Randall Lane, chief content officer at Forbes, writing, "If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist ... this is the editor of Forbes."

Twitter's rules forbid posting private contact information without permission. The platform required West to remove the post, and "until then, he cannot tweet," reported CNN's Oliver Darcy. The tweet in question is no longer online, and a representative for Twitter confirmed to The Wrap that it had "taken action on the tweet for posting private information," although NBC News reports it "wasn't immediately clear if Twitter removed the tweet, or if West deleted it at Twitter's request." Twitter confirmed to NBC the post violated its rules, however. West has not tweeted in several hours.

That was far from the most stunning part of West's tweetstorm, though, as at one point, he posted a video showing a Grammy Award in a toilet being urinated on. That video is still on Twitter.

This series of posts from West comes after his wife, Kim Kardashian West, in July asked for "compassion" following the most recent set of tweets of his that disturbed fans, writing, "As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand." Brendan Morrow

December 19, 2019

Never tweet, especially when you're facing impeachment in the Senate.

That's the message President Trump is receiving from Senate Republicans, who Politico reports are very much hoping he won't be tweeting during his upcoming impeachment trial.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told Politico that "we don't need a bunch of distractions" during the trial, while Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) said Trump would be "best served by letting his lawyers speak for him and not doing any comment" and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D). offered this evergreen remark: "There [are] many cases in which I hope he doesn't tweet."

Even Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) felt the same way, saying Trump "has a right to express his grievances but if I were him I would ... keep a low profile."

"Tweet less, smile more,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) also implored Trump.

Still, considering just how active Trump's Twitter account has been throughout the impeachment process — he broke his own record for the most tweets and retweets in a single day of his presidency as the House Judiciary Committee was debating articles of impeachment — these Senate Republicans probably shouldn't get their hopes up.

As The MassINC Polling Group President Steve Koczela tweeted in response to the report, "I have run this through our elaborate, deep learning, Bayesian, multi-level, multi-dimensional, multi-vitamin, AI-based neural network, and concluded there is a 0 percent chance of this." Brendan Morrow

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