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23 Jul
Trump surrogate @realLizUSA is tweeting his election lies.

@BlackRock owns $2.5 billion stake in Twitter. BlackRock CEO: “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”
$TWTR #ESG
“As Twitter is facing well-deserved scrutiny over its recent decision to continue to allow Liz Harrington to to tweet the words of Donald Trump even though he has been banned from the platform for continual violations…” by @SusanOzawa
medium.com/@susanozawaper…
$TWTR #ESG
Trump’s New Spokesperson Is Spreading His Election Lies On Twitter For Him.

Trump has been banned on the platform since his attempt to overthrow American democracy on Jan. 6, but Twitter has taken no action against Liz Harrington. By @svdate
$TWTR #ESG huffpost.com/entry/trump-sp…
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22 Jul
Question for @TwitterIR before today's Q2 earnings call:

In February, Jack Dorsey told investors that Twitter was enforcing its Civic Integrity Policy proactively.

So why is Twitter allowing Trump puppet account @realLizUSA to tweet election lies for Trump?
$TWTR #ESG
Trump’s New Spokesperson Is Spreading His Election Lies On Twitter For Him

Trump has been banned on the platform since his attempt to overthrow American democracy on Jan. 6, but Twitter has taken no action against Liz Harrington. $TWTR #ESG

huffpost.com/entry/trump-sp…
Question to @TwitterIR earnings call

"Are Social Media Stocks Toxic Assets?" By @SusanOzawa

"As Twitter is facing well-deserved scrutiny over its recent decision to continue to allow Liz Harrington to to tweet the words of Donald Trump..." $TWTR #ESG

medium.com/@susanozawaper…
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19 Jul
1. I am a Twitter shareholder. I just sent this email to Twitter Investor Relations @TwitterIR ir@Twitter.com $TWTR #ESG

Would you please explain why Twitter is allowing the account of Donald Trump's Chief Spokesperson Liz Harrington (@RealLizUSA) to remain intact despite
2. violations of Twitter Civic Integrity Policy? I am concerned about further risk of violence incited by Ms. Harrington's Tweets. $TWTR #ESG
3. Twitter permanently suspended the account of former president Donald Trump on January 8th, "due to the risk of further incitement of violence." $TWTR #ESG
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18 Jul
Trump was banned from Twitter due to risk of further incitement of violence. Now Trump’s chief spokeswoman @realLizUSA is inciting violence on Twitter. #BanLizHarrington $TWTR
🚨TELL Twitter to ban Trump's chief spokesperson @realLizUSA for risk of inciting violence, in violation of $TWTR policy. #ESG #BanLizHarrington

"Trump's new chief spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, has been a serial promoter of election lies" cnn.com/2021/06/18/pol…
Twitter gave "extremists the platform they needed to plan an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and the website, if it maintains its current approach, will likely enable politically motivated violence again in the future." $TWTR #ESG #BanLizHarrington splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021…
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17 Jul
Why won’t @TwitterSafety enforce its Civic Integrity Policy on the account of Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington? @realLizUSA continues to tweet lies about the #USElection2020, falsely saying it was “stolen.” This language fueled #Jan6 deadly violence. @delbius @yoyoel $TWTR
Why is it important for @TwitterSafety to stop Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington from tweeting lies about the election?

Two men who were “juiced” by #Jan6 were indicted on charges they plotted to firebomb a Democratic Party HQ. $TWTR npr.org/2021/07/16/101…
@TwitterSafety, Jan 8: “we have permanently suspended [Trump’s] account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Twitter now: We will allow Trump’s spokesperson Liz Harrington @realLizUSA to incite further violence with election lies. $TWTR
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15 Jul
.@TwitterSafety banned Trump from Twitter because of risk of incitement violence. Why does Twitter allow Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington @realLizUSA to tweet for Trump? @CNN: "Trump's new chief spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, has been a serial promoter of election lies" $TWTR #ESG
Dear Twitter executives @delbius @yoyoel @vijaya @nickpickles @jack:

Please read tweet from @TwitterSafety about Trump ban above, and explain why Twitter allows Trump spox Liz Harrington @realLizUSA to run an end-around on your service. $TWTR #ESG cnn.com/2021/06/18/pol…
'We Make Mistakes': Twitter's Embrace of the Extreme Far Right

Twitter gave far-right extremists the platform they needed to plan an attack on the Capitol on #Jan6, and, without changes, $TWTR will likely enable politically motivated violence again. #ESG splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021…
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14 Jul
Republicans are working to install a right-wing Christian theocracy in America. And they're using religious-political organizations to raise money, tax-free.

IRS reversed its decision to deny tax-exempt status to a religious-political group, caving to GOP heraldextra.com/news/local/gov…
IRS Director of Tax Exempt Orgs Stephen Martin denied right-wing Christians Engaged tax-exempt status, writing: "You engage in prohibited political campaign intervention." IRS Chief Charles Rettig, a Trump holdover, caved to GOP and reversed the decision. news.yahoo.com/top-republican…
IRS's Martin wrote in his decision to deny tax-exempt status: "freedom of speech, defense, and borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel relations... typically affiliated with the [Republican Party] and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(3).”
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13 Jul
1. I have reached out to New York University, asking for comment about Fox News' Maria Bartiromo's seat on the @nyuniversity Board of Trustees.

"Maria Bartiromo’s top 10 fails" by @ErikWemple @washingtonpost #journalism
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
2. @Poynter Institute, a global leader in #journalism, yesterday: "Bartiromo delivers another troubling interview with Donald Trump: Bartiromo’s transformation from once-respected journalist to full-blown Donald Trump sympathizer appears complete." poynter.org/newsletters/20…
3. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen agreed with me, tweeting that he felt nauseated, as I do, by Bartiromo's seat on the NYU board. I attended NYU Stern School of Business many years ago.
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12 Jul
Institutional investors in Twitter who think far-right extremism and domestic terrorism are bad for business should read this alarming analysis by @MichaelEHayden, then give Jack Dorsey a call. $TWTR #ESG
"Twitter gave far-right extremists the platform they needed to plan an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and the website, if it maintains its current approach, will likely enable politically motivated violence again in the future" @splcenter $TWTR #ESG splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021…
Twitter's largest institutional shareholders will need to decide whether far-right extremism and domestic terrorism are sound investments for their clients and stakeholders. $TWTR #ESG
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12 Jul
Aubrey Huff tweeted: "violence can be sweet as candy," targeting KIDS with pro-gun violence hashtag.

What is @Twitter doing to prevent accounts like Huff from fomenting violence on its service -- especially after deadly #Jan6?

CC: @yoyoel @nickpickles @delbius @jack

$TWTR #ESG
'We Make Mistakes': Twitter's Embrace of the Extreme Far Right - @splcenter

"Twitter gave far-right extremists the platform they needed to plan an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and the website, if it maintains its current approach..." splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021…

$TWTR #ESG
Whatever happened to Twitter's "Risk of Violence" label? Did it quietly go away? $TWTR #ESG

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12 Jul
Twitter email to me: "This account will not be verified at this time because the evidence provided did not meet our criteria for notability. As a result, we could not reliably verify that the account associated with the request is a notable person, organization, or brand." $TWTR
"Nancy Levine, a volunteer who has been tracking and flagging unverified primary challengers to Twitter and reporters, told The Hill that she was 'surprised that they missed so many.'

“'It begs the question of what their methodology is,' she added." 2020 thehill.com/policy/technol…
"Jeff Sites, a challenger to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, didn’t have a blue verification badge on his official Twitter page."

"After speaking with Levine, The Verge contacted Twitter to inquire about the nature of the delay; within hours, the candidate was verified." - @verge 2020
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11 Jul
Individuals that the FBI is investigating over their alleged role in attempting to overthrow the government are roaming free at CPAC at @HiltonAnatole in Dallas. A spokesperson for Hilton emailed me this statement last month about hosting CPAC. $HLT #ESG
I have reached out to @HiltonHotels and asked if the corporation would like to update its statement about hosting CPAC, and comment on Nick Fuentes' hate rant yesterday at entrance to @HiltonAnatole. $HLT #ESG
"Fringe right-wing political groups converged on the @HiltonAnatole in Dallas this weekend for [CPAC]... Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, QAnon adherents, and a number of colorful characters with conspiratorial beliefs were in attendance" @thedailybeast $HLT #ESG thedailybeast.com/fringe-extremi…
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11 Jul
Nick Fuentes in front of CPAC at Hilton Anatole says he will later give a speech that is the most racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, Holocaust denying speech ever. @Hilton allows this rant on its property and @sheratonhotels will host Fuentes later.
I have reached out to @sheratonhotels (owned by @Marriott) to ask if the hotel will allow Nick Fuentes to give his hate speech at Sheraton, as he said he was planning. $MAR #ESG
Spokesperson from Hilton Anatole emailed me this statement last month about hosting CPAC.
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10 Jul
Charlie Kirk deleted his tweet saying he sent ‘80+ buses full of patriots’ to D.C.

Kirk is president of Turning Point USA, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) "public charity."

In Jan, Sen. @RonWyden demanded the IRS investigate nonprofits involved in 1/6 violence.
dailydot.com/debug/charlie-…
On January 15, Sen. Ron Wyden sent a letter to IRS chief Charles Rettig, demanding investigation into tax-exempt groups involved in #Jan6 violence. Wyden told me in Jan that he will "keep pressing the IRS to investigate."

Wyden has not yet received a response from Rettig.
IRS chief Charles Rettig is a Trump admin holdover, hand-picked by the former president. Rettig's term expires November 2022. newrepublic.com/article/162203…
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9 Jul
BREAKING: The mother of Jack Rodeman, the teen who was tased by a Florida state trooper last month while he texted his girlfriend from her back patio, texted me this morning:

"Charges against my son jack have been dropped!!"
Here was my reporting for @RanttMedia last month. rantt.com/teen-tased-by-…
I have reached out to @FLHSMV about status of the investigation of Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper George Smyrnios who tased Jack Rodeman. I will update with any new information.
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4 Jul
Roger Stone is throwing @AmyKremer's Women for America First under the bus.

Stone's associate Kristin Davis blames Women for America First in her July 2 article for right-wing propaganda outlet Gateway Pundit.

Stone is reportedly under federal investigation. (h/t @patriottakes)
Ali Alexander, founder of "Stop the Steal," and one of the masterminds of the #Jan6 "Save America" rally, defends Roger Stone, calling @AmyKremer's Women for America First an "astroturf group of grifters."
Charges may be near for Roger Stone over Jan. 6 Capitol riot, legal expert says

"Could it progress to potential charges? You bet," former U.S. Attorney-turned-LA Times columnist Harry Litman said. By @ZTPetrizzo @Salon salon.com/2021/06/23/cha…
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3 Jul
Sha’Carri Richardson explained that she was trying to cope with the “emotional panic” of learning about her biological mother’s death.

"it was definitely triggering, it was definitely nerve-shocking.”

Let her run.

#LetShaCarriRun #ShaCarriRichardson
thedailybeast.com/shacarri-richa…
"Who am I to tell you how to cope when you're dealing with a pain or you're dealing with a struggle that you've never experienced before or that you never thought you'd have to deal with. Who am I to tell you how to cope? Who am I to tell you you're wrong for hurting?" #LetHerRun
Hey @usantidoping United States Anti-Doping Agency: Don't be dopes.

Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug? The best evidence says no. - @PopSci

Weed isn't going to help you win the Olympic Gold.

Let Sha'Carri Richardson run.

#LetHerRun

popsci.com/science/mariju…
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2 Jul
“The unvaccinated are Petri dishes for the evolution vaccine resistant mutants.”

- Jonathan Dinman, professor and chair of the University of Maryland’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics #GetVaccinated
What Drives @GOP Resistance to #Vaccines?

Eight in 10 Democrats have at least one dose, compared with about half of Republicans.

Conservative @WSJ examines wsj.com/articles/what-…
What to do about @GOP lawmakers?

Republican lawmakers in nearly 40 states backing bills to restrict Covid-19 vaccine mandates or vaccine passports. #GetVaccinated politico.com/news/2021/06/1…
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29 Jun
NEW: Spokesperson for Hilton Anatole hotel emailed me this statement today in response to my inquiry about the hotel hosting @CPAC 2021 where Trump is scheduled to speak, July 9-11 at CPAC's "America UnCanceled" event. Image
Rep from Hilton has confirmed that Hilton Anatole is "managed by Hilton" (i.e., it is not an independently owned franchise). $HLT
In March, a @Hilton spokesperson emailed me this statement about the Hilton Orlando hosting a gathering of "far-right activists whose organizer spouted white nationalist rhetoric and defended the U.S. Capitol riot," as reported at the time by the @orlandosentinel Image
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29 Jun
CPAC 2021 will be held July 9-11 at Hilton Anatole @HiltonAnatole in Dallas -- Trump is a scheduled speaker.

Is @Hilton paying attention to @Toyota's crisis -- and how pandering to Fascists will destroy its brand and eviscerate profits?

Investors in $HLT, heads up. #ESG
In March, a @Hilton spokesperson emailed me this statement about the Hilton Orlando hosting a gathering of "far-right activists whose organizer spouted white nationalist rhetoric and defended the U.S. Capitol riot," as reported then by the @orlandosentinel. $HLT #ESG
CPAC 2021 speaker lineup here, July 9-11 in Dallas. @Hilton is platforming Fascists for profit.

#BoycottHilton $HLT #ESG

cpac.conservative.org/speakers/
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29 Jun
Amy Kremer's tax-exempt Women for America First was the permit-holder for Trump's #Jan6 pre-insurrection rally in DC. The group continues to hold events promoting the #BigLie that incited deadly violence at the Capitol.
In January, Sen. @RonWyden told me he would "keep pressing the IRS to investigate" tax-exempt organizations involved in #Jan6.

Sen. Wyden sent a letter to IRS chief Charles Rettig on Jan 15 demanding investigation. Wyden has not yet received a response. rantt.com/legal-liabilit…
Charles Rettig is IRS chief, a holdover from Trump admin, hand-picked by the former president. Rettig's term expires in Nov 2022.

Trump’s IRS chief has made hundreds of thousands from Trump properties while in office - @CREWcrew Sept 2020

citizensforethics.org/reports-invest…
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