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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee said Twitter has become a public utility and is serving as a political arm of the Democratic Party.

“They may claim to be a private company. They may and in fact be one, but they’ve become a public utility,” Huckabee said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.

“Here’s the big question: If they use the power of their utility to change the votes of people, to actually become a political arm, don’t they have to file political expenditure requirements? I mean, aren’t they going to have to do that?” he said. “Because if they are playing politics, they’ve got to live by the rules of politics and that is: You have to disclose your contributions.”

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Huckabee said Twitter can’t have it both ways and must decide on an identity if it hopes to maintain its integrity. (RELATED: Twitter Censors ‘The Federalist’ Co-Founder Over Lisa Page Tweet)

“They are in essence a contributing force to the Democratic Party and a contributing force against Republicans,” he said, adding:

“So if they’re going to do that, then either own up to it and play big boy ball, which means you file all the reports, or else let them be governed by the government, which most of us don’t think we want the government involved. What we want is a company with integrity and they don’t have it right now.”

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

President Donald Trump indicated on Twitter Tuesday that his administration is looking into reports that Facebook censored his social media campaign director.

“I will be looking into this!” Trump said before adding the hashtag “#StopTheBias.” The president was likely referring to media reports showing that White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. was temporarily blocked from making public Facebook comments on Monday evening.

Trump linked to a tweet from Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard that detailed the events that led up to Scavino being temporarily blocked from the platform. (RELATED: Facebook Temporarily Blocks White House Social Media Director) 

Scavino posted a screenshot of the ban with the caption, “Dear Facebook— AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”

Facebook’s warning to Scavino noted that “some of your comments have been reported as spam,” and that “to avoid getting blocked again,” he should “make sure your posts are in line with the Facebook Community Standards.”  The message does not specify which comments were flagged or what standard they had violated.

FILE PHOTO: White House social media director Dan Scavino heads to the Marine One helicopter to depart the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump on the way to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Facebook and Twitter have faced significant criticisms recently as a number of prominent conservative personalities have accused the platforms of censorship. Twitter claimed Monday night that the company “mistakenly remove[d]” a tweet from The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis about Lisa Page’s congressional testimony Monday but denied employing “shadow banning” tactics against users.

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz announced at the time that he was bringing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against the company, and Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes was said to be exploring legal options.

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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes’s $250 million lawsuit against Twitter may end up being largely symbolic, according to Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano Tuesday.

“I think it’s a novel litigation, because we haven’t seen anything like this before. Usually when public officials sue because of what somebody said or didn’t say about them, they lose,” Napolitano said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”

“The theory being they have as big a megaphone as the person they claim has harmed them. And the First Amendment does not regulate Twitter. It’s a private entity. So I don’t know where it’s going to go. He may be doing this just to make a statement.”

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Napolitano said Nunes has a right to be upset if he’s being shadow banned on social media, but claimed it’s not illegal because Twitter is a private company.

“That’s horrible. And if it happened to me I’d be furious,” he said. “But it’s not illegal. They’re not the government.” (RELATED: Devin Nunes Sues Twitter For $250 Million)

Napolitano said the court may have to rule on certain issues within the case, but will likely continue to side with Twitter and free enterprise.

“You know, maybe the court’s going to have to decide this. But because this is a private entity, they can do this,” he added.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Tiger Woods seemed to enjoy the sight of his mugshot on a t-shirt.

In a video shared Monday by Barstool Sports, the golfer can be seen walking to the course when a fan gets his attention. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Hottest Women On Instagram)

The fan was wearing a shirt featuring the legendary golfer’s mugshot from his August 2017 arrest. He was taken into custody on a DUI charge, and THC, Vicodin, Hydromorphone, Xanax, and Ambien were all reportedly found in his system. (RELATED: Donald Trump Tees It Up With Tiger Woods And Dustin Johnson)

However, he really doesn’t seem to care much. In the video, it looked like Woods was trying to fight back laughter.

At least Woods has a good sense of humor about the whole thing — although, I would argue there’s nothing really funny about allegedly driving under the influence, but that’s just me.

To Woods’ credit, I’m sure there are plenty of thin-skinned pro athletes who probably would have called security on this guy.

He seemed to roll with the punches.

Good for Tiger for being able to laugh at his mistakes. Now, we’ll have to see if he finds t-shirts reminding him of all of his affairs as funny.

Something tells me the answer to that question is going to be “no.”

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has a complicated relationship with sleep — and coffee — according to a series of tweets unearthed Monday. And he’s not above using the same joke more than once. Or more than 10 times.

Writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered the tweets in what initially appeared to be an effort to explain why 10-year-old tweets should not be used to judge presidential candidates.

“we should vet every presidential candidate but digging up their tweets from 2009 is a low blow. every tweet from 2009 is bad,” she tweeted.

She then made an example of Booker, citing a 2009 tweet in which he lamented a lack of sleep. “‘Sleep’ and I broke up a few nights ago. I’m dating ‘Coffee’ now. She’s Hot!”

But then Fitzpatrick realized that Booker had repeated the same joke just two years ago.

That’s when she realized there might just be a pattern. (RELATED: Cory Booker Confirms He’s Dating, And The Rumor Mill Points To A Hollywood Actress)

Booker, who recently tossed his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also announced some personal news: he has severed ties with both coffee and sleep, and is currently seeing actress Rosario Dawson.

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes filed suit against Twitter and some Twitter users Monday for $250 million in compensatory damages, alleging the social media platform engaged in “shadow-banning conservatives.”

“Twitter created and developed the content at issue in this case by transforming false accusations of criminal conduct, imputed wrongdoing, dishonesty and lack of integrity into a publicly available commodity used by unscrupulous political operatives and their donor/clients as a weapon,” Nunes’ legal team wrote in the filing. “Twitter is ‘responsible’ for the development of offensive content on its platform because it in some way specifically encourages development of what is offensive about the content.”

The lawsuit alleges defamation, conspiracy and negligence, reported Fox News. It also seeks an “injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he says have harassed and defamed him,” according to Fox News. (RELATED: Democrats Credit Health Care For House Win And Are Divided On What To Do)

The suit also names former Republican National Committee online communications director Liz Mair. Nunes’s lawyers say her tweets “implied that Nunes colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts, that Nunes does cocaine, and that Nunes was involved in a ‘Russian money laundering front.’”

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) arrives for a closed-door hearing with Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, in the basement of the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol March 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) arrives for a closed-door hearing with Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, in the basement of the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol March 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“To be fair, I think [T]he Fresno Bee writing up your investment in a winery that allegedly used underage hookers to solicit investment — an allegation you’ve known about for years, during which you’ve stayed invested in it, I might add — did surprise you,” Mair tweeted at Nunes June 22, 2018.

Mair wrote on Twitter Monday after news of the suit broke that she is declining to comment but posted a link for donations to cover her legal fees.

Nunes filed the complaint in Virginia state court Monday and is also seeking $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and the specified users. He wrote that Twitter was “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory – providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers – thereby facilitating defamation on its platform.”

Nunes’s legal team also wrote that Twitter should not be exempt from defamation liability because the platform actively curates and bans content to the point that it should have liability like other organizations that can be guilty of defamation, reported Fox News.

Nunes’s filing linked Twitter’s actions to influencing the 2018 midterm elections in which Republicans lost the House of Representatives. (RELATED: Twitter Censors ‘The Federalist’ Co-Founder Over Lisa Page Tweet)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

News of Nunes’s suit comes on the same day Twitter said it “mistakenly remove[d]” a tweet from The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis’s account Monday but denied employing “shadow banning” tactics against users.

Twitter representatives including CEO Jack Dorsey have been invited to Capitol Hill by lawmakers numerous times to testify on how their platforms deal with issues like terrorist propaganda and more.

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Amber Athey | White House Correspondent

Twitter claimed it “mistakenly remove[d]” a tweet from The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis about Lisa Page’s congressional testimony Monday but denied employing “shadow banning” tactics against users.

Davis tweeted out a portion of the former FBI lawyer’s testimony last week but soon noticed that the tweet was not appearing for other users, despite still being visible when he was logged into his own account.

On Monday, Twitter Support confirmed to Davis that they mistakenly removed the tweet, writing in an email, “Our priority is to keep people safe on Twitter. As part of that work, we sometimes mistakenly remove content that doesn’t break our rules.”

“When those mistakes happen, we work quickly to fix them,” the tech company added. “We have corrected the issue.”

Twitter did not preemptively inform Davis that action was taken on the tweet, nor did they indicate why it was initially removed. Davis noted that Twitter also did not explain why he was still able to see the tweet when he was logged into his account, even while it was removed for other users.

“Is conning users a bug, or a feature?” Davis questioned.

When tweets are removed for violations, Twitter uses one of three enforcement options: limiting the tweet visibility, requiring tweet removal, and hiding a tweet while waiting for a user to remove it.

A person familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that removing the tweet was an “error,” but a Twitter spokesperson denied that the company ever uses “shadow banning” as an enforcement method.

“Shadow banning” refers to situations where an account and/or its content is suppressed without the user’s knowledge.

“Twitter does not engage in bias and we categorically do not enforce so-called ‘shadow banning‘ tactics. Period,” Twitter told the Caller. “We enforce the Twitter Rules dispassionately and equally for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our effort.”

Twitter has faced allegations of shadow banning before, most prominently this past fall when several Republican congressmen’s accounts were suppressed in Twitter search results. (RELATED: Twitter Algorithm Buried Republicans For Something Totally Out Of Their Control)

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz announced at the time that he was bringing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against the company, and Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes was said to be exploring legal options.

On Monday, Nunes filed a lawsuit seeking over $250 million in damages from Twitter for allegedly “shadow-banning conservatives” and systematically censoring opposing viewpoints.

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Jack’s Twitter Claims the Right is NOT being #ShadowBanned … Do you Believe That? by Peter Boykin @PeterBoykin How can Twitter claim to have First Amendment rights, while also hiding behind Section 230 of our legal codes?   Section 230 says this “no provider or user of interactive computer service shall be treated as the […]

Twitter just announced that it’s rolling out a new 280-character limit, doubling the current limit. I’m not sure about this move, because:

But what do you think? What are you going to do with all that extra babblin’ room on the Twitters?

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It’s pretty annoying that the traitor and genetic male Bradley Manning got an early release from prison for telling everybody he was really a girl, and it’s even more annoying that he’s been embraced as a martyr by the mainstream media. But even more annoying than that is his use of emojis.

Just look at this mess:

Every tweet of his is like that. I find it irritating, and I want to respond in kind, but there’s no emoji for “traitor.” So I’ve come up with a brief sequence of emojis to express what I think about Bradley Manning:

Here’s a screenshot, in case Twitter forces me to delete that:

If you can’t make that out, it’s a pair of scissors, a pair of nuts, and a clown. In my opinion, that describes Bradley Manning to a T.

I’ve been using that series of emojis for the past month or so, and Twitter just locked my account (@jtLOL) for 12 hours because of it. I’m not banned, and my account is still there, but I can’t tweet anything or reply to anybody. They made me delete a couple of tweets with that series of emojis before even granting me the suspension. If I hadn’t deleted them, I’d be locked out for good. (Apparently, whoever complained to Twitter didn’t see the above tweet from August 19. Yet!)

Twitter has right to do that. It’s a private platform and can enforce its own rules, even if it seems arbitrary to the rest of us. I’m just amused that the SJWs are now punishing people for using the wrong emojis. I hurt a traitor’s feelings with a few emojis.

Bradley Manning is a designated victim. He’s protected. Watch what you say to him. Including the word “him.”

Well, at least I got a blog post out of it.

I’ve got a sabbatical from the Internet planned soon, and stuff like this is going to make it a lot easier. Social media has driven everyone insane. You can all be hysterical idiots without me. I’m gonna party like it’s 1994.

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