Trump Can’t Block on Twitter, Google Engineer Demands Blacklist, and More!!!

This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for May 24, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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Trump Blocking People is Anti-First Amendment

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From Jason Brazeal

A federal judge has ruled President Trump cannot block Twitter users. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald claimed the President doing so “is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment.” She went on to write, “While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the President’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him.”

The argument is that @realDonaldTrump account is a public forum according to the first amendment. There were seven people that were blocked from his account and they sued through the organization of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The executive director of Knight First was quoted as saying, “We’re pleased with the court’s decision. The president’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end.”

The judge did stop short of of directly ordering the president, or his staff, to unblock users. The adjudicator said it was not needed to walk into a “legal thicket” which included the strength of the power a court can hold over the executive office. Dan Scavino, the president’s social media director, was also named in the lawsuit.

The White House backed the president, saying it is a direct line to the people when he has something to say, putting aside the times he’s over-exaggerated, misquoted figures, and flat out spoke inaccuracies. The judges decision acknowledged President’s Trump’s tweets often drew thousands of interactions, but went on to say those blocked could no longer see any pronouncements by the POTUS.

The lawsuit was filed last July against President Trump and two of his aids, Dan Scavino and the former PressSec Sean Spicer. The next stop on the ruling will be the Supreme Court.

If this is upheld in the highest court, it will set a large precedent, which will impact how any online social media platform conducts themselves.

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Google Engineer Demands Blacklist

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From Jason Brazeal

While some of us had an idea this was happening, there were others who have proven it, but for a senior software engineer at Google to confirm the anti-conservative bias at the entity and to have that further expanded on by also saying there is an all-out campaign in the company to ban conservative voices, is not only a great validation of the research many have done, but it is also infuriating.

Alon Altman, the engineer in question, also pressured Google to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good” by sabotaging President Trump’s Android phone and delete his accounts on the grounds of “abuse”. Altman, who is still working for the progressive company, was pushing for Google to blacklist “alt-right” websites on the ad network and to take down all “alt-right videos” from YouTube as well as the take down of the Daily Stormer.

In an example of cognitive dissonance, if you type “” into the search engine, you get the following statement:

” Google should be a place where people from different backgrounds and experiences come to do their best work–a place where every Googler feels they belong. The truth is that we’re not there yet. We know diversity and inclusion are values critical to our success and future innovation. We also know challenging bias–inside and outside our walls–is the right thing to do. That’s why we continue to support efforts that fuel our commitments to progress. These commitments require us to look at bias through a wider lens: at Google, in the industry, and in society. And while progress will take time, our actions today will determine who we are in the future.”

There are those who would argue that Altman is but one in a sea of many employees, but when you take into consideration another employee getting fired for a scree which touted biological differences between men and women, and other conservatives in the company too afraid to speak their view while under Google’s roof and on the company’s clock, it’s just further proof, no matter how much they claim to be progressive, the continue to prove the opposite.

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North Korea Demolishes Testing Site

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A series of explosions over several hours in front of journalists in North Korea as the government who demolished it’s nuclear test site, Punggye-ri. The demolition took place deep in the mountain and centered on three tunnels of the underground site as well as a smattering of buildings in the area. The closing of the site was already planned and announced by Kim Jong Un ahead of the summit.

The closing of the site is being seen as a positive gesture and one to set a positive tone for the summit, but it is not irreversible and some contend to further show sincerity, he would need to follow more steps to denuclearize in order to meet President Trump’s demands.

Several journalists were invited to document the demolition, but no invitations were sent to international weapons inspectors. the blasts started around 11 AM North Korean local time followed by two more explosions at 2:20 and 4 PM for the destruction of the west and south tunnels. The destruction included observation posts and barracks used by guards and other employees at the facility.

Punggye-ri is the same testing site which was home to six tests, weakening the structural integrity of the mountain and causing earth  quakes to the region surrounding the site.

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EU Gets Unsatisfactory Answers From Zuckerburg

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Last month was only the beginning of the investigation into Zuckerburg and his Facebook practices. After ten hours of hearings, which were analyzed and scrutinized by pundits, journalists, and many content creators throughout the internet, the European Union took its turn in grilling the 34-year-old. The questions centered around the data policies of the platform and were often lengthy and left Zuckerburg with little time to answer.

Using his stoic and unreadable body language, he issued apologies to the European Parliament in Brussels for the data leak, but did not answers specific questions about opt-outs from targeted ad campaigns and the sharing of data between Facebook and WhatsApp as well as the collection of non-user data.

He spoke to the EP for a half hour, mostly parroting assurances and detailing plans he outlined for the U.S. Congress a month ago. Some of the questions were sharp, leaving the Europeans no room, or time for follow-up if any was deemed appropriate.

One of the 12 party leaders, Philippe Lamberts of the Greens, was quoted as saying, “I asked you six ‘yes or no’ questions; I got not a single answer.” The lead legislator’s questions took up almost half of the hearing, which was broadcast live though the original plan was to make it behind closed doors.

The questions from the dozen MEPs ranged from why the firm should not be broken up as a monopoly to the bias it has shown against right-wing parties.

Of the 87 million users of the platform who’s data was compromised, 2.7 million were from the EU.

Zuckerburg has met with President Macron on Wednesday, but has so for refused a meeting with British lawmakers.


Stories were edited and the show is produced and directed by Maddy. Merlin was ill this day.

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