Two big developments to think about together:

👉 Facebook @OversightBoard upholding Trump suspension

👉 NEW: Biden admin joining #ChristchurchCall to address violent extremist content

#Christchurch @GIFCT_official @techvsterrorism @francediplo_EN @GNET_research

2. The Biden action is a significant turn away from Trump-era policy.

In March 2019, a #WhiteSupremacist terrorist live streamed his massacre of people at two mosques in New Zealand.

These dozens of democracies 👇 joined the call to action.

The Trump administration refused.
3. Both the FB Oversight Board and Biden Christchurch actions are based on #HumanRights law framing the decision.

On one hand: Freedom of expression (and right to receive information).

On other hand: Public safety, equality, non-discrimination, other rights (eg voting rights).
4. Both developments move toward removing the most noxious content from social media platforms and both with institutional buy-in from #BigTech.

I would add there's a throughline of #WhiteSupremacist violence that connects both.
5. The Facebook Oversight Board explained why the #FirstAmendment is not the proper framework for evaluating the Trump suspension.

Also @EliSugarman made the point here (in his valuable tweet thread)

(Sugarman is @OversightBoard’s Content Director.)

6. @mikehposner and I wrote why the First Amendment is not a proper ground for the United States government's refraining from joining #ChristchurchCall.…
7. Today the State Department (via @StateDeptSpox):

"In participating in the Christchurch Call, the United States will not take steps that would violate the freedoms of speech and association protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
8. For more background on #ChristchurchCall written around time of Trump decision not to join in 2019.

@RosandEric in Just Security:…

@cwarzel in NYT…

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30 Apr
Washington Post scoop:

FBI gave #RonJohnson defensive briefing in 2020 warning he was being targeted by Russia to spread disinformation on Biden.

What did he do?

He considered it “completely useless and unnecessary”

With his usual paranoia, he thought FBI briefing was a trick
2. And then, worse of all, Johnson continued to use his office to act as a conduit for the Russian disinformation campaign to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

As @AshaRangappa_ and I detailed at length here.👇…
3. Here’s the Washington Post report.

The headline is about Giuliani,
But lots of details about FBI’s warning Senator Johnson.

(scoop by @nakashimae @shaneharris @thamburger)…
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28 Apr
Giuliani's lawyer tells WSJ that search warrant seeks "communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon."

WSJ, NYT, CNN point to investigation of activities with Ukraine.

Reminder of Giuliani-Solomon-Devin Nunes Timeline👇…
2. Here's the WSJ report in which Giuliani's attorney names his clients communications with John Solomon as part of the search warrant.

(scoop of this detail is by reporters @rebeccadobrien @rebeccaballhaus)…
3. Reminder of this nugget in the Timeline:

March 28, 2019
Two phone calls are added to Sec. Pompeo’s calendar:

a 20-minute phone call with Giuliani on Friday
a 20-minute phone call with Nunes on Monday

(thanks to @weareoversight FOIA lawsuit)
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17 Apr
1. What led to US's statement that Manafort's associate passed internal 2016 campaign data to Russian intel services?

U.S. officials tell NBC News that "U.S. intelligence community has developed new information."

2. Of note: Manafort's pardon is limited.…
3. @AWeissmann_ wrote:

The pardon "rewarded Manafort for keeping his lips sealed and lying to the Special Counsel .... Reimposing appropriate thus not only fair in a system wedded to the rule of law, but may increase the chance of finally learning the truth."
4. Reminder of Senator @RonWyden's appendix to Senate Intelligence Committee Report, Aug 2020.

On redactions of intelligence information indicating Manafort-Kilimnik's involvement in Russian hack and leak operation.…
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10 Apr
Why were entries in this Dept of Defense timeline not included in the DoD timeline presented to public and to Congress?


"previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use"

(@LisaMascaro @benfoxatap @lbaldor report)…

"By 3:37 p.m., the Pentagon sent its own security forces to guard the homes of defense leaders. No troops had yet reached the Capitol."

At 4:08 p.m. Pence places urgent phone call to acting SecDef Miller, demanding answers.

Associated Press: “Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building.”

“'Clear the Capitol,'” Pence said.
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26 Mar
Does First Amendment stop USG from joining efforts like #ChristchurchCall to eliminate terrorist content online?

Dozens of leading democracies and #BigTech have joined.

Trump stayed out.

@mikehposner and I explain why "First Amendment" claim is flawed.…
2. Worth recalling the response of leading human rights voices when Trump administration refrained from joining Christchurch Call to Action.

Such as @Malinowski👇

3. Here's @cwarzel's (Charlie Warzel) thoughtful analysis from 2019.…
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16 Feb
<thread> on the true significance of Senate impeachment vote.

57-43 was an extraordinary bipartisan vote to convict.

But the Republican support for House Managers case was even stronger.

We looked at statements of those 43 Republican Senators.…
2. Other analysts (eg @danielsgoldman) have noted those 43 Republican Senators include several essentially saying they would convict but for the issue of jurisdiction over a former official.

The strongest on this include: McConnell, Portman, Thune. But others too.
3. Many of 43 GOP Senators didn't reach the merits. They rested purely on jurisdiction.

As we write: "It is technically inaccurate to call many of these 43 senators’ decisions a vote to 'acquit,' at least not on the question of guilt or innocence."

(h/t @AdHaque110)
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