Situational awareness: Facebook shares fell nearly 19% today, wiping out more than $119 billion in value. Within that is a $15 billion hit for founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chart.
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President Trump is now threatening to investigate Twitter for supposedly silencing conservatives, tweeting today:
"Twitter 'SHADOW BANNING' prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints."
The big picture: High-profile conservatives have complained for years that their videos are made ineligible for advertising on YouTube, their accounts or tweets are minimized on Twitter, and their posts are removed on Facebook.
What's happening: People need to start by understanding that this is all about auto-fill in the search box, Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg says.
Reality check: New York Magazine's Brian Feldman reported that Twitter's technique is similar to something Facebook has done previously.
What Twitter's saying: "To be clear, our behavioral ranking doesn't make judgments based on political views or the substance of Tweets."
What's next: Twitter, whose shares fell nearly 3% today, reports earnings tomorrow.
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A new study published in the scientific journal Nature this week found that hurricanes can accelerate natural selection among anole lizards in the Turks and Caicos islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck their habitat.