Dec 18, 2017

Twitter's stricter abuse rules go into effect today

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Why it matters: The new rules, which Twitter says are stricter and more comprehensive, were added to cover areas the social media company has historically struggled to manage, such as Twitter accounts affiliated with organizations that promote hate and violence, or those accounts glorifying a violent act or figure. This has been a growing issue this year as individuals and groups identifying with white supremacy have become more active and visible on Twitter.

Yes, but: Twitter's real test will be in how it enforces these. The company has long had rules against certain types of conduct — yet users complained for years that accounts reported as clearly violating those rules were ultimately allowed to remain, or that Twitter responded too slowly.

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Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust

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President Trump on Monday acknowledged the existence of assembled lists of government officials that his administration plans to oust and replace with trusted pro-Trump people, which were first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”

Coronavirus only part of the story behind the Dow’s drop

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As someone has certainly told you by now, the Dow fell by more than 1,000 points yesterday, its worst day in more than two years, erasing all of 2020's gains. Most news headlines assert that the stock market's momentum was finally broken by "coronavirus fears," but that's not the full story.

What's happening: The novel coronavirus has been infecting and killing scores of people for close to a month and, depending on the day, the market has sold off or risen to record highs.

Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.