Aug 18, 2018

Twitter CEO defends company after Trump's discrimination claims

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Photo: Michael Cohen/New York Times via Getty Images

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey denied claims the company is discriminating against users with conservative views in an interview with CNN's Brian Stelter.

"Are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? We are not... We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology. We look at behavior... I think we need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is left, is more left-leaning."
— Dorsey

The interview came on the heels of a Saturday morning tweet series from President Trump who slammed social media platforms for "closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others."

The big picture: Twitter has been more aggressive in suspending accounts that are in violation of its terms of service rules in recent months and conservatives feel their views are being unfairly targeted in the platform's purge.

What happened: Twitter fell under fire from conservatives after it suspended the account of Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones earlier this week. It was just one of many platforms that shut down Jones' accounts this week.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: U.S. probes case with no clear links, virus hits more countries

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The CDC said Wednesday "astute" U.S. clinicians found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected, as six more countries reported their first cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others. The number of new cases reported outside China exceeded those inside the country for the first time on Tuesday, the WHO said Wednesday. South Korea has the most, with 1,595 infections confirmed by Wednesday night. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 453 cases have been confirmed.

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WHO official leads criticism of Trump's coronavirus response

President Trump with members of the new coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found "most" of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus "incoherent."

The big picture: As the number of confirmed cases reaches 60 in the U.S., the top health professional — who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration — is among several leading figures, in particular, Democrats, to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak.

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