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    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The business model of former President Donald Trump’s new digital media empire is largely dependent on one man: Donald Trump. For all the talk about freedom of speech and fighting the tech monopoly of Silicon Valley leftists, TruthSocial is a digital extension of the Trump brand. Paperwork filed Monday by a company Trump has teamed up with show that no one has any illusions about this. Without Trump, there simply is no TruthSocial. Trump Media & Technology Group, the parent company of TruthSocial, is “highly dependent on the popularity and presence of President Trump, its Chairman and largest stockholder,” notes Digital World Acquisition Corp, a publicly-traded shell company that plans to merge with Trump’s media venture, in a filing submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. DWAC goes on to warn its investors that this dependence on the defeated president brings with it some risks: President Trump has a significant influence on TMTG’s business plan. TMTG believes President Trump’s...
    Former President Donald Trump loudly and proudly proclaimed that he would never return to Twitter after permanently being kicked off the social media platform for violating its policies. And he's made a big show of trying to launch a competing messaging service called Truth Social, which he claims "encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology." But in a securities filing, Axios reports, Trump appears to have given himself "a massive out" for a return to Twitter if Elon Musk agrees to reinstate him if the billionaire's acquisition of the social media behemoth is completed. The caveat is that he will have to post on Truth Social first and must delay posting any similar or identical message on Twitter. In a securities filing made by the special-purpose acquisition company that is working to take Truth Social public, it states: "President Trump is generally obligated to make any social media post on TruthSocial and may not make the same post on another social media site for 6 hours. Thereafter, he is free to post on any...
    In this article DWAC TWTR Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the I-80 Speedway on May 01, 2022 in Greenwood, Nebraska.Scott Olson | Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump will partially restrict himself on social media, even if Elon Musk lifts Trump's ban, according to an SEC filing from Digital World Acquisition Corp. Trump is obligated to first post to Truth Social, a new social network he's backing, and can't publish the same content on another social media site for six hours. After that, he can post to "any site to which he has access," according to the filing. The six-hour policy would mostly affect Trump's Twitter use if he's allowed back on the platform under potential owner Elon Musk. Trump is still free to post from a personal account about political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts on any platform at any time, the filing added, which could give him leeway in case he runs for office in 2024. Digital World Acquisition Corp has a deal to take Trump Media & Technology Group,...
    Donald Trump has predicted Elon Musk will not buy Twitter and urged people to flock to his own social media platform Truth Social. The former president say he did not believe the Tesla billionaire would follow through with the $44billion buyout of the tech firm. He claimed during a rally in Texas on Saturday it was 'because you have so many fake accounts with the bots'. Trump's claims came a day after Musk tweeted his deal to buy Twitter was 'temporarily on hold'. It was also two days after the Tesla founder said Trump should not run for president in 2024, but that his Twitter ban should be lifted. Trump predicted that Elon Musk would not buy Twitter at a rally in Austin, Texas on Saturday On Thursday, Musk tweeted that though he felt Trump's Twitter ban should be lifted, he thinks the former president should not run for reelection Trump told the rally yesterday: 'I don't believe he is going to buy Twitter,' Trump said of Musk, 'Because you have so many fake accounts with the bots... all of the different things I think it...
    Elon Musk has joked that 'owning the libs' isn't cheap after claiming to put his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold. 'Whoever thought owning the libs would be cheap never tried to acquire a social media company!' Musk tweeted on Saturday. He added: 'At least, that's what the lib hivemind thinks haha.'  'Owning libs' is internet slang used by conservatives that refers to defeating or embarrassing liberals in arguments. On Friday morning, Musk threw his Twitter takeover bid into chaos by tweeting that the deal was 'temporarily on hold' while he investigated the prevalence of fake and spam accounts on the social media site. However, one person familiar with the negotiations told the Washington Post: 'We haven't seen one iota of evidence that the deal is on hold.'  'Things continue today just as they were yesterday,' the person said.  Elon Musk has joked that 'owning the libs' isn't cheap after claiming to put his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold. He is seen above with his mother Analysts as well as insiders widely believe that Musk's tweets...
    Bill Maher is offering his take on the possibility of former President Donald Trump making a return to Twitter. Although he's currently banned from the social media platform, Elon Musk has suggested that he would be willing lift the ban. On Friday, May 13, on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher," the comedian asked his guests, Ian Bremmer and Jane Harman, to offer their take on Musk's remarks. Harman expressed concern about the possibility of Trump returning to social media due to his alleged role in the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Maher waved off the concern and offered a more comical perspective. Recalling Trump's Twitter antics, Maher said he'd welcome the former president's social media return which would likely lead to more jaw-dropping tweets and quips about cocaine. Here is the dialogue of Maher and Harman's exchange: JANE HARMAN: (B)e careful what he wishes for, if he heads Twitter and all of a sudden all kinds of crazy stuff, you know, tear down the government and anti, uh, white supremacists and other stuff comes back there....
    Comic and pundit Bill Maher defended Elon Musk‘s announcement that he would allow former President Donald Trump‘s return to Twitter, saying that Inciting people to riot “is already against the law.” On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher asked guests Ian Bremmer and Jane Harman to weigh in on Musk’s pledge to restore Trump when or if the takeover is completed. While Harman raised the issue of Trump’s incitement of the Jan. 6th insurrection, Maher dismissed that and said he would welcome a return to jokes about cocaine — which he simultaneously pointed out are currently available on the app: JANE HARMAN: (B)e careful what he wishes for, if he heads Twitter and all of a sudden all kinds of crazy stuff, you know, tear down the government and anti, uh, white supremacists and other stuff comes back there. His shareholders are going to sell their stock in his companies. And so I don’t understand what he gets out of this. He’s already got a huge audience. BILL MAHER: But that is what free speech is. It’s defending the speech we hate....
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently is not pleased with Republican lawmakers who are still sucking up to former President Donald Trump. On Friday, May 13, the Texas senator campaigned for Pennsylvania Senate candidate David McCormick. During his brief speech at the campaign event, he took aim at "other Republicans." “Just once, I’d love to see a Republican candidate stand up in a primary and say, ‘I am a moderate, establishment squish. I stand for absolutely nothing.’ It would be refreshingly honest at least. But nobody says that,” Cruz said during the event for McCormick. Cruz's support of McCormick follows Trump's endorsement announcement for the Republican candidate's rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz. The Republican lawmaker continued, “And by the way, they all pledge their love for Donald Trump. ‘I love Donald Trump,’ ‘No, no. I love Donald Trump more.’ ‘No, no, no. I have Donald Trump tattooed on my rear end.’” A rallygoer in the crowd yelled, "Let’s see it.” Cruz responded saying, “I like you, but not that much." Footage from the campaign event was posted to Twitter by The...
    Jose Jordan, Theo Wargo/Getty Images Kendrick Lamar dropped his much-anticipated album on Friday, and Twitter has some thoughts on the rapper’s decision to prominently feature Kodak Black. Last April, Kodak appeared in court to face charges of rape and sexual assault in connection to a 2016 incident involving someone who was underage at the time. Kodak was accused of raping the female victim in a hotel room following his performance at Treasure City club in Florence, South Carolina. The rapper pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of first-degree assault and battery in the rape case and was handed an 18-month probation sentence in addition to a $125 fine, and court-ordered counseling. On top of the accusations, Kodak was also a Donald Trump supporter throughout his presidency, even getting a pardon from the former president while he was serving a 46-month sentence for forging paperwork to obtain a firearm. Twitter was shocked that Lamar decided to feature Kodak so prominently, especially considering his vocal disdain for Trump. While some Twitter users were quick to condemn Lamar for featuring an accused rapist on the...
    New York (CNN Business)In the days following the January 6 Capitol riot, Twitter became the first major social media platform to permanently suspend then-President Donald Trump for violating its rules against inciting violence. It was a huge step and one that instantly put pressure on other big platforms to take action.Within days, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitch had all either banned or indefinitely suspended Trump's accounts. It marked a sweeping and unprecedented set of actions against a sitting world leader by platforms that had previously taken only limited actions against Trump as he repeatedly pushed the limits of their rules. Less than two years later, it appears Twitter (TWTR) could be poised to take a similar role in reversing the bans on Trump. Elon Musk on Tuesday confirmed what many in the tech, media and political spaces have been predicting for weeks: If his deal to acquire Twitter succeeds, he plans to restore Trump's account. Although Trump has suggested he wouldn't return to Twitter and will instead remain on his struggling social platform Truth Social, it's not hard to...
    Elon Musk says Donald Trump should skip the 2024 election even as he vows to restore the former president's Twitter account. The Tesla CEO shared his views on US politics in a series of tweets Thursday evening. He said Trump shouldn't run for office because a 'less divisive candidate would be better in 2024,' before going on to criticize Joe Biden for thinking 'he was elected to transform the country, but actually everyone just wanted less drama.' On Tuesday, the South African mogul revealed he would reverse Trump's ban from the platform.  Trump was banned last January after public outcry surrounding the storming of the Capitol and his insistence that the 2020 election was 'stolen' from him. Musk, 50, is in the process of completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, the ex-president's social media network of choice. Elon Musk believes Trump shouldn't run for a second term in 2024, even as he promises to restore the former president's Twitter acount The Tesla and SpaceX founder shared his opinions on politics in a tweetstorm on Thursday Trump has declined...
    Elon Musk's aim of restoring former President Donald Trump to Twitter could pressure competing platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube, to also allow Trump to return. Musk said Tuesday that once he takes full control of Twitter in a few months, he plans to reverse the platform's permanent ban on Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. CHALLENGE FOR CONSERVATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: ATTRACTING 'LIBS' TO OWN Facebook is already scheduled to revisit its ban of Trump in January 2023, while YouTube has said it will lift its suspension on Trump’s account when it determines the risk of violence has decreased. “With Musk’s new management of Twitter and a potential Republican sweep in the 2022 midterms, I think it is likely that Trump would be reinstated onto Facebook at this time, with similar action to follow from YouTube,” said Emerson Brooking, a resident senior fellow at centrist think tank the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. “I’d expect Trump to formally return to Twitter around this time as well,” Brooking said, referring to Trump’s desire to tap...
    ELON Musk has appeared to share a cryptic prediction about what might happen if Donald Trump returns to Twitter. The Space X mogul vowed to overturn the brash ex-president’s Twitter ban after buying the social media platform in a deal worth $44billion in April. 3Elon Musk has vowed to reverse Donald Trump's Twitter banCredit: Alamy 3Brash former president Trump was banned from using Twitter following the 2021 Capitol riotsCredit: AP Trump was banned from using the platform following the January 6 riots in 2021 which saw a pro-Trump mob storm the Capitol. Musk branded the decision to ban Trump as “morally bad and foolish”. Shibetoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym belonging to Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus, tweeted on May 10: “If Donald Trump gets back on Twitter this is all that will happen. “He won’t use it or he will make a single tweet that is like ‘this site is bad come to truth social’ or whatever it’s called. It doesn’t matter, adults don’t need to have yet another meltdown ffs.” read more on elon muskSPACE WARS Elon Musk claims Russia is...
    Georgia Republican congressional candidate Vernon Jones is vowing to round up all illegal immigrants as he continues to push the far-right narrative set in motion by former President Donald Trump. On Monday, May 10, Jones took to Twitter with his promise as he also suggested Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Mo.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should also be included. Photographed with two armed men who appear to be border patrol agents, Jones wrote "Every illegal must go. EVERY. I’ll round em up myself. And send [Ilhan Omar] and {Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] with them - at no extra charge. Just reimburse me for gas, [JoeBiden]." Every illegal must go. EVERY. \n\nI\u2019ll round em up myself. And send @IlhanMN and @AOC with them - at no extra charge. \n\nJust reimburse me for gas, @JoeBiden.pic.twitter.com/MQ0MaC49yt — Vernon Jones For Congress (@Vernon Jones For Congress) 1652141985 Jones, who was previously elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democratic lawmaker, is now running for office as a Republican candidate backed by Trump. Although Jones initially suggested that he'd challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), he soon...
    (CNN)After an 11-day manhunt, an inmate who escaped an Alabama jail has been captured and is back behind bars. The corrections officer he fled with -- whom authorities believe he had a romantic relationship with -- died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. And this isn't the first jail love story we've seen before. Experts say there's even a term for this kind of attraction: "Bad Boy Syndrome," or the interest in those who commit heinous crimes.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. UkraineThe House of Representatives yesterday passed a roughly $40 billion bill to deliver aid to Ukraine as it continues to face Russia's brutal assault. The measure will next need to be passed by the Senate before it can go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. According to the measure, billions of dollars will be used to send military equipment and weapons from US stocks to Ukraine and...
    Billionaire Elon Musk says banning then-President Donald Trump from Twitter over his actions surrounding the January 6, 2021 insurrection was a “mistake,” “flat-out stupid,” and “morally wrong.” He says he would reverse the permanent suspension if his attempt to close the massive $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant and take it private is successful. Claiming it was “not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk on Tuesday said: “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” The New York Times reports. “Mr. Musk called the decision to ban Mr. Trump ‘morally wrong and flat-out stupid.’ He said individual posts to Twitter could be hidden, and that individuals could still be temporarily suspended ‘if they say something that is illegal or otherwise just, you know, destructive to the world.’ But he said that ‘permanent bans just fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter.'” Full video.pic.twitter.com/CHCqOdsqzR — Moshe Schwartz (@Moshe Schwartz) 1652206053 Musk, who has no formal public policy education or training, no...
    CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said Elon Musk can simply “escape to space” if he buys Twitter and reinstates former President Donald Trump. The CNN host joked that while the SpaceX CEO can jettison off to outer space, the rest of the “earthlings” will be left to deal with Trump’s presence on the platform alone. Earlier in the day, Musk criticized Twitter’s January 2021 decision to ban the then-sitting U.S. president. “I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said Tuesday. “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump, I think that was a mistake… It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.” “I guess the answer is I would reverse the perma-ban,” Musk said. On Newsroom with Victor Blackwell and Camerota, Brian Stelter weighed in on Musk’s comments. Stelter reminded CNN’s audience Trump was banned by Twitter following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The platform expressed concerns Trump might stoke further violence. “Twitter decided to ban Trump permanently...
    Elon Musk has said he will reverse Twitter’s permanent ban of former president Donald Trump once he takes over the platform. Musk also said he wants the punishment of permanent suspensions to be reserved strictly for “spam” and “scam” accounts. In an interview with the Financial Times, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said that if his takeover of Twitter is successful, Trump will be allowed back on the platform. “It was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said. “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country “I would reverse the Twitter ban. Obviously, I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not a thing that will definitely happen.” “He’s now going to be on Truth Social, as will a large part of the right in the United States. So, I think this could end up being, frankly, worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate.” Musk also said that, if his Twitter takeover bid succeeds, he will move away from permanent suspensions for all but “spam” and “scam” accounts, even in...
    Joe Maiorana/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Today, Elon Musk, who is set to take over Twitter, said that it had been a “mistake” to ban Donald Trump’s account. The 45th president, you’ll recall, was permanently banned from the platform following the January 6 insurrection, which he couldn’t stop egging on with his usual array of Oddly Capitalized Posts. “I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said of the ban during an event hosted by the Financial Times, the Washington Post reported. “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” the Tesla founder added. “I think that was a mistake. … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.” Since his expulsion, Trump has tried to create buzz around his new social media empire, the poorly named TruthSocial. It’s not going great. Still, Trump has sworn that he’s dedicated to it and...
    Elon Musk confirmed on Tuesday that he would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account if his takeover of the social media company goes through. “I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” he said at a car summit hosted by the Financial Times. “I guess the answer is I would reverse the perma-ban.” Trump was banned following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot over concerns about how his tweets were “being received and interpreted on and off Twitter” and “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said at the time. Trump has said he won’t return to the platform either way, opting to stick with his own social media startup Truth Social. Last week, Musk denied rumors started by Truth Social’s CEO—former California Rep. Devin Nunes—that Trump had discreetly “encouraged” Musk to buy Twitter. This story is breaking and will be updated.