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Lawmakers Want YouTube to Limit 2020 Election Misinformation

The four lawmakers call for the media outlet to “immediately stop the spread of misinformation” ahead of the Georgia runoffs in January, considering both races will determine whether the U.S. Senate leans red or blue.

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Although the 2020 Presidential Elections are over, there are still two ongoing races in Georgia as there will two senate races in January with Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R) and David Perdue (R) are facing off against Democrats the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

With these pending races occurring in little over a month, four Senate Democrats call on YouTube to censor “false or misleading” videos related to the 2020 U.S. election. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) signed an open letter to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

The four lawmakers call for the media outlet to “immediately stop the spread of misinformation” ahead of the Georgia runoffs in January, considering both races will determine whether the U.S. Senate leans red or blue.

“We urge you to immediately remove all election outcome misinformation and take aggressive steps to implement prohibitions, as other social media companies have done, regarding outcomes in future elections,” the letter said.

A YouTube representative later responded to the letter from the four lawmakers.

“Our teams are working around the clock to quickly remove content that violates our policies and ensure that we are connecting people with authoritative information about elections. Our panels linking to Google’s election results feature — which we display on our homepage, on videos, and in searches — have collectively been shown billions of times,” the rep said.

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Elon Musk: ‘Corporate Journalism’ is Defending The State Over People

“While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.”

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Criticizing the establishment media is nothing new for Elon Musk. The Twitter CEO continued that trend this week, asking why his release of “The Twitter Files” has been met with skepticism.

“Why is corporate journalism rushing to defend the state instead of the people?” the billionaire tweeted in response to a piece on Leighton Woodhouse’s Substack account.

Musk has provided details about Twitter’s previous leadership working with government agencies to suppress stories to independent journalists Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi. The reports have been released one at a time since the beginning of December.

While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.

Previous editions of the Twitter Files have highlighted the platform’s role in shaping Covid-19 information, coordination between the FBI and the platform, and suppression of the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden.

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Twitter Experienced Outage for Web Browser Users

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption

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Twitter had its first significant outage under Elon Musk, as most users affected faced technical issues accessing the social network via a web browser (h/t Reuters). 

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption, according to Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through various sources. 

While the outage did affect many users, service did return to normal on Wednesday night as Musk commented on the cause for many to have issues with using the social media platform through a web browser. 

“Significant backend server architecture changes rolled out,” Musk tweeted. “Twitter should feel faster.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to the reporting done by Reuters; nonetheless, it didn’t stop users from going on their mobile phones, which were working for the majority, to share updates and creates regarding the situation. 

The platform’s outage on Wednesday was the latest issue since Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter. 

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Bloomberg Denies Interest in Dow Jones, The Washington Post

A Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post.

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A report last week from Axios revealed that Bloomberg was interested in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post. However, days since that news came out, the company denied any interest in expanding. 

However, it didn’t take long for the media outlet to deny the reporting as a Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Post. 

“There have been no conversations with anyone or either organization about an acquisition. The company has no interest in acquiring either.” – Ty Trippet, Bloomberg LP spokesman, said on Twitter

According to the report from Axios, Bloomberg wants two purchase either of these two media outlets to form a news business empire that reaches its audience also in print form. 

Nonetheless, it appears all for not as the company owned by billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is content with where they’re now. 

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