Techlife News - USA (2022-06-11)

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“destroy our nation.”

And in his controversial 11-point plan to
“rescue” America, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida,
who leads the GOP effort to regain the Senate
majority, threatens legal action against social
media companies that “censor speech and
cancel people.”

The GOP offensive comes as Elon Musk has
pursued a purchase of Twitter, articulating a
philosophy aligned with many Republicans
who argue that the social media efforts to blunt
misinformation and propaganda have stifled
conservatives from expressing their views. He
has, for instance, said he would allow Donald
Trump to rejoin the platform. The former
president’s account was locked after he helped
spark the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
on Jan 6, 2021.

In recent days, Musk has threatened to walk
away from his $44 billion bid to buy Twitter,
accusing the company of refusing to give
him information about its spam bot and fake
accounts. Musk has argued, without providing
evidence, that 20% or more are bogus.

For voters confronting inflation, rising gas prices
and gun violence, it’s unclear whether concerns
about the role of large technology companies
will resonate broadly this year. But it feeds a
sense of animosity among some of the GOP’s
most loyal voters, who remain angry that social
media platforms barred the spread of vaccine
and election misinformation and that Twitter
limited the circulation of stories about Hunter
Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election over
fears that it was disinformation from Russia.

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