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Twitter System ‘Outage’ Briefly Blocked Trump Whistleblower Tweet

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A tweet from US President Donald Trump that identified an intelligence analyst as the alleged whistleblower who helped spark his impeachment was temporarily blocked at the weekend, with Twitter blaming an outage that affected a number of user accounts. In recent days, Trump shared an unsubstantiated media report and a second post that appeared to name the intelligence community member.

However, the second tweet, from the president’s personal account, was not visible on Saturday to all of his 68 million followers. It was visible again on Sunday afternoon, although the original account that shared the alleged whistleblower’s name had been deleted.

“Due to an outage with one of our systems, tweets on account profiles were visible to some, but not others,” Twitter Support said. “We’re still working on fixing this and apologise for any confusion.” A spokeswoman for the social media platform confirmed that the US president’s account was among those affected.

The spokeswoman added that, per Twitter policy, any tweets that included private information about an individual, including the alleged whistleblower, would be in violation of its rules. Names are not considered private information, she said.

Democrats, some Republicans, and members of the US intelligence community have strongly objected to the effort to reveal the whistleblower’s identify, calling it inappropriate and possibly illegal.

Mark Zaid, one of the whistleblower’s lawyers, said on Twitter in early November that Republicans had “sought to expose our client’s identity which could jeopardise their safety, as well as that of their family.”

Other Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul and the president’s son Donald Trump Jr, have previously shared links on Twitter to articles from right-wing news outlets identifying what they claimed was the likely whistleblower. However, Thursday marked the first time the president had done so, when he retweeted a link to a Washington Examiner article.

On Friday, Trump retweeted a post from a pro-Trump account that featured the same name prominently, and that has also shared photos of a person who it alleged was the whistleblower.

That retweet briefly disappeared from Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday, reported the Washington Post, CNN, and other media.

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OU basketball: Twitter reacts to No. 24 Sooners’ 80-79 road upset of No. 5 Texas

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Sophomore forward Jalen Hill yells and points during the game against No. 15 Texas Tech on Dec. 22.


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No. 24 Oklahoma (10-4, 6-3 Big 12) narrowly upset No. 5 Texas (11-3, 5-2), 80-79, in Austin on Tuesday evening.

The win marks the Sooners’ second-straight victory over an Associated Press top-10 opponent, after they defeated then-No. 9 Kansas in Norman Saturday. Here’s how Twitter reacted to an OU win over the Longhorns that went down to the wire:

🗣 GO SOONERS!No. 24 Oklahoma knocks off No. 5 Texas in Round 1 of the Red River Rivalry! #Sooners pic.twitter.com/q3gsah8FGI

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 27, 2021

BOOM! SOONERS TAKE DOWN #5 TEXAS IN AUSTIN

— Barstool Sooners (@OUBarstool) January 27, 2021

Oklahoma starts a big week with a big win. Sooners over Texas by one in Austin. Next up for Lon Kruger’s squad? Alabama on Saturday in Norman. The buzz is already palpable.

— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 27, 2021

Blake Nevins on the inbounds throw. Uh, ok. Game over.

— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) January 27, 2021

Sooners got 32 free throw attempts compared to Horns’ 19. pic.twitter.com/3U82fL1uJv

— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 27, 2021

Texas Tech’s road win against Oklahoma is looking better each week.

— Carlos Silva Jr. (@cmsilvajr) January 27, 2021

That was just like football, sealed with a late interception.

— RedDirtSports (@RedDirtSport) January 27, 2021

Death. Taxes. Oklahoma spoiling great Texas seasons. https://t.co/DLQBRBwYmB

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 27, 2021

WE WANT BAMA

— Barstool Sooners (@OUBarstool) January 27, 2021

Welp, at least that wasn’t the worst intercepted pass to end a Texas-OU game in the last few months.

— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) January 27, 2021

A one-point win makes this infinitely more hilarious. pic.twitter.com/baxFLOGPI2

— Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) January 27, 2021

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Credit Karma weighs in on why its scores are different after viral Twitter discussions

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Twitter was abuzz today with questions about Credit Karma, the Intuit-owned personal finance company that provides people with free copies of their credit scores. It’s unclear what exactly prompted the discussions, but some users had noted how Credit Karma scores can be, shall we say, more generous than other scores out there.

The short answer for why different entities produce different scores about your credit is because they’re calculated using information from three distinct credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—and that information can vary. For instance, a lender may report negative or even erroneous information about you to only one of the bureaus, meaning scores that factor in that bureau would be negatively impacted.

Moreover, different scores are generated using different scoring models. Credit Karma scores use models from VantageScore, which is not as widely used as the market dominant FICO. This is not to say that the score you receive from Credit Karma is inaccurate, but it might very well be different from the score a lender would actually use to assess your creditworthiness. As CNBC reported, it’s not uncommon for consumers to receive a higher score from a service that provides free scores only to be shocked to learn that their FICO score is lower than they expected.

Reached for comment, a Credit Karma spokesperson said that while credit scores may be calculated differently, they typically paint a similar picture about your credit in the end. “It’s important to note that credit scores are highly correlative,” the company said. “That means if you’re rated a ‘good’ in one scoring model, you most likely have a ‘good’ credit rating in all other models. Most credit scores generally consider the same types of factors. While there are certain nuances to credit scores, they usually just weigh different factors or time periods differently.”

That said, the more you know about your scores, the better. If you’re planning to apply for a loan in the near future, it’s a good idea to find out your FICO score beforehand. Often, you can get your FICO score from your credit card company. If not, there are a few services that offer it for free.

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My Pillow’s Mike Lindell permanently suspended from Twitter

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The founder and CEO of My Pillow has been permanently banned from Twitter.

The social media platform announced late Monday that Mike Lindell has been suspended because of repeated violations of Twitter’s policy on election misinformation, Reuters reported.

The exact tweets that lead to the suspension were not released, CNN reported.

Lindell, who is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, financially backed the movements to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Lindell had almost half a million followers to spread disinformation about alleged voter fraud in the election, which dozens of court hearings found to be baseless, Reuters reported.

Twitter has an escalating punishment system as users break the rules.

Two violations against a user result in a 12-hour ban. Five or more violations can result in a permanent suspension.

“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purposes of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes,” Twitter said about the policy, according to CNN.

Lindell is not the first high-profile user to be banned from Twitter. Trump’s personal account was suspended Jan. 8, CNN reported.

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