1⃣ Twitter blocks Giuliani-pushed Kremlin disinformation.
2⃣ GOP is enraged.
3⃣ Twitter suffers a systemwide attack.
4⃣ Twitter says there's been no hack.
5⃣ But Twitter can't locate the attack's origin.
6⃣ Twitter reverses course—allowing publication of Kremlin disinformation.
(PS) I don't know what the heck is going on here, but I know that in 48 hours you have three extraordinary events happen: an unprecedented blocking of a foreign attack; an unprecedented attack on the platform doing the blocking; an unprecedented policy reversal by that platform.
(PS2) And in the midst of all this, you have the president *whose team conspired with the Kremlin in the initial attack* threatening to *gravely injure the platform that refused to host the attack* using the *full might of the U.S. government*.

This is terrifying stuff, people.

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