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Tampa Police in Twitter beef with the Times – Yahoo News

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The Tampa Police Department claims reporters didn’t tell the whole story after the Tampa Bay Times published an investigation into the department.

The investigation: Journalists Chris O’Donnell and Ian Hodgson reported that a TPD program started under former police chief and current mayor Jane Castor urged landlords to evict hundreds of mostly Black tenants after arrests.

  • But families still lost their homes even after charges were dropped.

  • The story opens with a family who lost their home after a 16-year-old stole $4.44 in change, a glove, a flashlight, a hoodie and wireless headphones.

  • The program, meant to target “documented violent offenders, gang members or career criminals” led to the eviction of those with misdemeanors even if charges didn’t stick.

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The other side: TPD’s Twitter account has been replying to the Times and O’Donnell’s tweets about the article with videos they say tell a different story.

  • In the department’s videos, two Robles Park residents describe the neighborhood as having “glass everywhere, shootings, fights, a lot of drug dealers,” before the program.

  • Now, one resident said, “It’s like a new day. The dealers are gone. Thank you, TPD. … Thank you Tampa Housing Authority.”

Selene’s thought bubble: Police departments don’t usually clap back to journalists on social media, especially not to go out of the way to get citizens to speak.

  • Police may be trying to show the positive effects of their program, but it also makes them seem intimidated by the Times’ report.

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Twitter Inc. stock rises Thursday, outperforms market – MarketWatch

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Shares of Twitter Inc.
TWTR,
+0.73%

inched 0.73% higher to $62.29 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index
SPX,
-0.16%

falling 0.16% to 4,473.75 and Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
-0.18%

falling 0.18% to 34,751.32. This was the stock’s third consecutive day of gains. Twitter Inc. closed $18.46 below its 52-week high ($80.75), which the company achieved on February 25th.

The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Microsoft Corp.
MSFT,
+0.13%

rose 0.13% to $305.22, Alphabet Inc. Cl A
GOOGL,
-0.57%

fell 0.57% to $2,872.20, and Facebook Inc. Cl A
FB,
-0.23%

fell 0.23% to $373.06. Trading volume (9.9 M) remained 1.7 million below its 50-day average volume of 11.6 M.


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Seb Gorka duped by fake Twitter account; young journalist says she’s being smeared | Salon.com

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Right-wing radio host and former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, the self-styled “Dragon of Budapest” who drives around the nation’s capital in his 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang, was duped by a fake Twitter account on Tuesday — which in a bizarre turn of events led to a former MSNBC intern being the recipient of an outpouring of online hate instigated by Gorka.

On Tuesday morning, Hajah Bah, a USC Annenberg journalism student, and former MSNBC intern, woke up to numerous Twitter notifications. Many of those notifications stemmed from Gorka’s tweet accusing her of being a “bigoted ableist.”

The former Trump adviser had clearly been duped by a fake account pretending to be the journalism student. As of Wednesday morning, after Salon had reached out to Twitter, the social media company suspended the spurious Bah account, which appeared to have been operated by a troll who frequently retweeted right-wing content, such as tweets from Fox News host Dan Bongino. 

“This person works for NBC12. Why is MSNBC OK with their employee calling someone she politically disagrees with a ‘retard?'” Gorka posted, implying that the fake account actually belonged to Bah. “What protects foul-mouthed bigoted ableists like @Hajahbahh?” 

That tweet sent out to Gorka’s over 1 million followers tagged a profile page of a troll account that used a picture of Bah, a former MSNBC and NBC12 Richmond newsroom intern. Then, as too often happens on Twitter, Bah’s real account was rolled into the drama. 

In a phone interview with Salon, Bah said the incorrect Gorka tweet had provoked hatred from his followers and tarnished her reputation in the industry. 

“Wow, this is not what I said to him,” Bah explained, citing messages that the dubious account had sent Gorka pretending to be her. “I don’t even know who he is. So I’m like, what is going on!” 

Neither Gorka nor a spokesperson for Salem Radio Network, the conservative radio empire that employs him, returned a Salon request for comment. 

Speaking to the impact this incident has had on her young career, Bah said that Gorka’s irresponsible tweet had “tarnished MSNBC and NBC 12, which are amazing companies.” As to how and what needs to be done to correct the situation, Bah suggested the nattily attired but notably hot-tempered former Trump associate, who has built a subsequent radio career on his iconic baritone voice, should retract his tweet and issue a public apology. 

“He should at least acknowledge, ‘Oh, this is not her,'” Bah said, noting that she is “a young journalist trying to break into the industry, it’s just really wrong. I would like an apology.”

Bah said that she and some of her friends had attempted to make Gorka aware of the error via Twitter, but that Gorka had rapidly blocked them. 

In 2019, Gorka, a self-proclaimed free-speech warrior, told a reporter at the White House that he had blocked thousands of users on Twitter. “I block whoever I want to,” Gorka said. “I block 16,000 people because they’re asshats.”

Gorka holds a somewhat dubious doctorate from a university in Budapest, and has been long criticized as a “fake terrorism expert.” According to established national security experts who spoke to CNN, he “lacks practical experience in government, is not an expert on terrorism, and has never served in a diplomatic agency.”

Highlighting a persistent problem in the right-wing media ecosystem, Bah noted that the hate directed at her was genuinely horrific for no apparent reason. “It’s really ridiculous,” she said. “I have been receiving a lot of hate because of the tweet, and it’s not a reflection of my character at all.”

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Pastor Greg Locke’s Twitter ban won’t impede him: Social media expert – The Tennessean

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“The outrage about someone’s account being cancelled is probably misplaced.” said Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center

People upset about Twitter banning pastor Greg Locke for life should probably settle down, one social media expert said. 

The ban likely will grow the overall social media audience for the conservative preacher, said Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center and a former USA Today publisher.

And the First Amendment is not in play because Twitter is a privately-owned company, Paulson said.

So, Paulson said, “the outrage about someone’s account being cancelled is probably misplaced.”

GREG LOCKE: Pastor on social media ban: ‘Whatever. We’ll keep on rockin’ without Twitter’

Locke, pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, started to gain big social media audiences around 2015 when he started lashing out. His first viral rants were on legalizing same-sex marriages and plans by Target to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek that Locke was banned because of “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misleading information policy.”

Even Locke, who had around 114,000 followers, concedes that Twitter was among his smaller online platforms.

A look at the number of followers and subscribers reveals Twitter accounted for less than 5 percent of Locke’s overall social media audience:

► He has 2.2 million Facebook followers;

► About 572,000 TikTok followers; 

► About 207,000 Instagram followers; and

► About 71,700 YouTube subscribers.

“Clearly, Pastor Locke has considerable influence and many followers,” Paulson said.

“The fact that one social media outlet decides to delete his account won’t put much of a dent in his outreach. There’s always another outlet. Free speech is alive and well in America.”

So is censorship, Locke said, adding it’s not right for social media to decide what’s right and what’s wrong.

In that, Locke has allies among the state’s leading conservatives.

“There is an obvious bias with these social media companies,” said state Rep. Jeremy Faison, chair of the legislature’s GOP Caucus. 

“Social media would do themselves a favor if they didn’t work so hard to help shape public opinion and just let their platforms be a public square.”

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Reach Brad Schmitt at brad@tennessean.com or 615-259-8384 or on Twitter @bradschmitt.

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