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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

@POTUS, according to Twitter (https://www.wsj.com/articles/twitter-says-it-is-permanently-suspending-account-of-president-trump-11610148903), is the 'official' account for the Office of the President ...
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What is the rationale behind Angela Merkel's criticism of Donald Trump's ban on Twitter?

While Germany does promote free speech, same as the USA does, their free speech means something different: False information is not an object worthy of protection from the viewpoint of freedom of ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

did both sides basically do the same thing (using data without the users consent) No, according to your link The people signing up for ["Obama for America"] knew the data they were handing ...
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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?

A new*, deliberately pejorative, term to describe an old phenomenon, that of pressuring individuals or companies through the media when you disagree with their views, often in the ethnic/sexual ...
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

Mistaken identity It's not clear that the person named by RealClearInvestigations is the actual whistleblower. According to mediabiasfactcheck.com, that website has mixed factual reporting and has ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I think the misunderstanding comes from how conservatives complain about bias in media and tech. Conservatives often don't call for government action, they just want to shed light on the injustices. ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

(Caveat: The Republican Party is nowhere near the monolith it works so hard to appear as.) As the Republican party has fallen more and more in-line with Trumpism (which, really, predates Trump and ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

Republicans cannot just "use other platforms" because of the network effect. Everyone is already on Facebook, Twitter, et. al. So say die-hard Republicans all go to Parler. Now they're in ...
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

The origins of the "identifying" of the whistle-blower come not from any actual fact or confirmation, but from speculation from a right-wing agenda site that bases the speculation upon similar ...
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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Do European politicians typically do this too (Emphasis mine) Politicians who sport a pronoun in their profile are not typical in the US. I'm struggling to imagine how they might be more common in ...
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What is the rationale behind Angela Merkel's criticism of Donald Trump's ban on Twitter?

We can not read Angela Merkel's mind, so her true motives are pure speculation. However, the original article by Reuters which is named as a source in the CNBC article linked in the question expands ...
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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?

Cancel culture is a term reflecting two things, not just one: Cancelling - an outcome related to extreme disapproval of people and organisations perceived to have acted so egregiously, that they ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

According to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica obtained the data from a third party, a Cambridge university researcher, which was in violation of Facebook policy. The Obama campaign got their data openly,...
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Is it unconstitutional for a public US official to block someone on social media for disagreement?

The constitution only limits and gives power to the branches of government. The constitution does not apply to individual citizens. Basically it tells the federal government what it can and can't do. ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

It probably depends on what circle of 'conservatives' you're talking to, but the most legitimate complaint I see get thrown around, is that big tech companies should be forced to abide by one of the ...
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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Interesting question. I compiled a partial answer for Sweden. Swedish is rather similar to English with regards to pronouns and genders. I assumed that if there where any pronouns on twitter pages ...
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What retaliatory actions could Trump take against Twitter?

One legal pathway that has been proposed (ironically, on Twitter) by Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley is some sort of review of Twitter's protections under section 230 of the ...
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What is the rationale behind Angela Merkel's criticism of Donald Trump's ban on Twitter?

There's an international dimension here. While US commentators largely see this in a US domestic context (an American company deciding what to do about American problems), Merkel will be looking at it ...
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What are “Russian nationalist military bloggers”?

You can use this rating of influential military bloggers by Readovka, which is itself in the rating of most influential mass media this year. Some comments: Almost exclusively, these bloggers use ...
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Today, 6 Jan 2021, Twitter deleted three tweets by Donald Trump. What did they say?

All of Donald Trump's deleted tweets and retweets can be found here on factba.se, which is a site that tracks what Trump and other political figures say or tweet. You can see screenshots of the ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

The Republican Party Historically the Republican party has been a big tent which deliberately sets out to include a wide range of opinions on the political right. As a result there are, roughly ...
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Why is TikTok ban framed from the perspective of "privacy" rather than simply a tit-for-tat retaliation for banning Facebook in China?

Well, Google did operate in China at one point. As far as I recall, China bans/blocks FB and Google's external sites at the Great Firewall based on these companies not co-operating with Chinese law ...
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

In the US, being a whistleblower is a status that is protected against retaliation by several federal laws. This is to encourage good behavior in government by acting as a check on illegal behavior. ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

By only tweeting official things from @POTUS, Biden isn't making @JoeBiden a public forum. A circuit court ruled that Donald Trump's use of his personal Twitter account for public statements meant ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

Allow me to preface this by noting that breaking up or regulating large social media companies might in fact be a good idea. It's patently unwise to leave major social and political issues to be ...
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Is it unconstitutional for a public US official to block someone on social media for disagreement?

You misunderstood that this applies to personal accounts - it was the other way around: they ruled that Trump's "personal" account was de facto a government account and should be treated as ...
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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Warning - Polish-centric answer: TLDR: No one tried this in Poland, it would be politically a bad move and linguistically total horror In Polish language we indeed have genders: "kubek" (mug) is "...
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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?

Cancel culture is when a group uses social media to convey outrage to a company/person in an attempt to remove a product they are offering, to get one of their employees fired or to stop a commercial/...
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Is there any other Republican who is against a TikTok ban?

The house vote was almost two weeks ago. Fifteen republicans voted against the TikTok ban. Many of them made statements about it. eg, Nancy Mace: "Banning TikTok is beating the same drum as ...
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Is @realDonaldTrump a parody account?

That's his real account. It is linked from his campaign website. It is also listed as his account by media sites. E.g. Newsweek.
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