1. 62 corporate landlords who have received taxpayer bailouts intended to blunt the economic impact of the pandemic are pursuing evictions despite a federal moratorium, a Popular Information investigation reveals

2. These 62 corporate landlords have received more than $60 million in PPP loans.

The CDC's eviction moratorium went into place on September 1.

Since September 1, the 62 corporate landlords have filed at least 494 new eviction cases

3. The corporate landlords are attempting to exploit a weakness in the federal moratorium. It is not self-executing. Tenants must assert their rights. The landlords know that most tenants (90%) don't have lawyers.

4. We've published the full list of all 62 corporate landlords who are engaged in this behavior.

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17 Sep

Facebook is not a "right-wing echo chamber"


In August, the top two websites on Facebook were THE DAILY WIRE and FOX NEWS

I've been documenting how Facebook tilts the playing field to right-wing publications in my newsletter.

Facebook's DC office is run by GOP operatives

Facebook allows The Daily Wire and other right-wing sites to break its rules

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"Everyone in power is a Republican"

"Decisions are made to benefit Republicans because they are paranoid about their reputation among conservative Republicans, particularly Trump"

Read 6 tweets
16 Sep
1. On April 28, Trump signed an order requiring meatpacking plants to "continue their operations to the fullest extent possible."

At the time 20 meatpacking workers had died of COVID-19

4 months later, at least 203 meatpacking workers have died

2. A draft of the executive order was sent to Trump by a meatpacking industry group a week before Trump signed the order.

While Trump framed the action as an "order" to the meatpacking industry, he was actually doing its bidding

3. Last week, as the death toll mounted, the Trump administration finally took some action.

It fined JSB for failing to protect workers at a plant where 7 people died of COVID.

The fine was $15,615.

JSB had $51.7 billion in revenue last year

Read 5 tweets
11 Sep
1. One important note about the network of Facebook pages pushing voting disinformation that I exposed yesterday

Facebook often says it does not profit from disinformation

This network proves it is not true.

2. The biggest page in the network, Trumpian Republicans, was only started in May.

It already has 700K followers.

How did Trumpian Republicans grow so big, so fast?


3. Zuckerberg in July: "We do not profit from misinformation or hate."

This isn't true.

They've created a system where, if you pay Facebook enough money, you can set up a large misinformation network within a few weeks.

Read 4 tweets
10 Sep
1. Facebook has permitted a large network of Facebook pages and groups — with names like Trump's Deplorable Army, To The Death Media, and One Angry Conservative — to spread disinformation about voting in the 2020 election to millions of people.

2. The network operates by funneling traffic to Conservative Brief, an obscure right-wing website.

Conservatives Brief distorts reports from mainstream sources to sow doubt about the legitimacy of the upcoming election.

3. Over the last 90 days, the network of pages that promote Conservative Brief has generated 30.65 million engagements. That's more engagement than the main New York Times Facebook page generated over the same period of time (26.48 million).

Read 10 tweets
9 Sep
1. Yesterday, Georgia's Secretary of State announced that 1K people voted twice & they would be prosecuted for felony crimes that carry a sentence of up to 10 years

It's a pretty dramatic claim

But when you examine it closely, it completely falls apart

2. First, you have to understand how voting works in Georgia. If you show up at a polling place and your absentee ballot is already been received, the poll worker is supposed to let you know and you aren't allowed to vote.

3. If you are allowed to vote and your absentee ballot comes in later, it is not supposed to be counted.

So if anyone had their vote counted twice it is a result of ERRORS BY ELECTION OFFICIALS OVERSEEN BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE

Read 7 tweets
8 Sep
1. The real scandal isn't what Trump said about veterans.

It's what he did to them.

2. Trump pushed hydroxychloroquine on thousands of veterans who contracted COVID-19.

The treatment continued even AFTER a VA study found that hydroxychloroquine was associated with HIGHER death rates

3. How many vets that were given hydroxychloroquine died? We don't know because the Trump administration refuses to say.

But more than 3,000 veterans have died of COVID-19 under the care of the VA.

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