CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has reinstated several prominent blocked accounts on the platform, including Donald Trump’s. However, the former president and hopeful White House from 2024 has yet to return to the platform since he regained access on Saturday.
In the meantime, we’ll look at how Ticketmaster’s botched ticket sales of tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour have brought antitrust concerns into the spotlight.
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Musk opens the door for Trump again
The CEO of Twitter lifted the permanent ban on former President Trump’s account on Saturday, but the president has yet to return to his once-favorite platform.
- Instead, Trump doubled down on his commitment to remain on his own platform, Truth Social. In a virtual appearance ahead of the annual Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting, he said he saw no “reason” to return to Twitter, and on Truth Social, he told his followers, “Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere.”
- Even if Trump returns on Twitter, he is contractually required to post the same post to Truth Social six hours before the same post is published on another platform, under the terms published in a May eligibility application.
- In the meantime, Musk has apparently persuaded the former president, who is running for the Oval Office again in 2024, to return by tweeting memes about the appeal of Twitter.
Build a backlash: While Musk awaits Trump’s possible return, he faces renewed backlash from civil rights and other interest groups over the decision to reinstate Trump’s account.
Trump’s account was suspended by Twitter following the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, after the platform found that there was a risk of further incitement to violence in his posts.
Groups like the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, and FreePress have blasted Musk for his decision, particularly when you consider that Musk told them earlier this month that he would form a council that would make decisions about reinstating accounts.
- “As far as I can tell, this new advice doesn’t exist. It’s just one of the many bad faith promises Musk made to civil rights leaders and then tossed aside,” Jessica Gonzálea, co-CEO of Free Press, said in a statement.
- Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that Musk’s decision to reinstate Trump was “dangerous and a boon to American democracy.”
Others are making a comeback on Twitter
Trump was one of a group of high-profile accounts that were reinstated by Elon Musk.
Among them was the personal account of MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Greene was suspended in January for violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Using her official convention account, which was not blocked by the platform, Greene urged her followers to go to her newly set up “unfiltered” personal account.
Yes, the rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, had also reactivated his account, reversing the suspension after posting anti-Semitic comments.
“Don’t kill what you hate, save what you love,” Musk tweeted in response to the rapper’s first return tweet.
🏰 SURPRISE! BOB IGER RETURNS TO DISNEY
Former Disney CEO Bob Iger returns to run the entertainment giant and replace his successor Bob Chapek.
- The surprising news comes days after Disney’s stock hit a 52-week low and has fallen 41 percent so far this year.
- In a press release on Sunday, Disney announced that Chapek would resign and Iger would serve as chief executive of the company for two more years.
“We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney throughout his long career, including helping the company through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” Susan Arnold, CEO of the company, said in a statement.
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🎥 CNN PROGRAMMING EXEC IS TERMINATED
Michael Bass, a top program manager at CNN, is leaving the outlet, confirmed CEO Chris Licht on Monday.
- “During his nearly ten years with this organization, Michael has shown incredible leadership and endurance,” Licht said in a memo to network employees. “He was a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network faced.”
- Licht said Bass, who served as executive vice president of programming at CNN, had made the decision to leave and that the search for his successor was ongoing.
The announced departure of the board follows a series of major personnel and programming changes that Licht has overseen at CNN since taking over as president earlier this year under the newly formed media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery.
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🎟 DER KARTELLRECHTLICHE ANTIHELD
Taylor Swift fans have bad blood with Ticketmaster after the platform canceled the general sale for the pop star’s upcoming tour following a messy pre-sale this week, which has shed new light on an issue that antitrust reform advocates already knew too well.
Critics have been warning of the company’s dominance since the merger with Live Nation in 2010, and the latest fiasco with Swift’s upcoming tour, which sparked outrage among their huge fan base, gave lawmakers who tried to revise antitrust laws ammo to increase the pressure.
The increasing momentum among Swift fans is due to the fact that the Biden administration has pledged to take a tough stance on competition. The New York Times reported on Friday that Ticketmaster is facing a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation for abusing its market power.
- The investigation was reportedly released ahead of the sale of Swift’s “The Eras” tour, but the high-profile nature of the tour has brought the issue into the limelight.
- “The tremendous interest in this performer and in this episode in terms of ticket availability for her performance is a good example of what we see so often in American public life—that policy changes, actions, are often triggered by a single event,” said William Kovacic, former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair and George Washington University law professor.
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🇫🇷 TWITTER’S FRENCH BOSS QUITS
The French head of Twitter, Damien Viel, announced his resignation from the social media platform in a tweet that it was “over.”
“It is over. Pride, honor, and mission accomplished. Goodbye #twitterfrance. What an adventure! What a team! What encounters! Thank you everyone for these 7 great and intense years,” Viel, the company’s head of operations in the country, tweeted on Sunday.
According to Reuters, Viel confirmed that he would actually be leaving Twitter but did not explain why.
Much is the youngest executive to resign from Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media platform at the end of October.
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A commentary to imitate: Crypto needs less regulation, not more
Notable links from the Internet:
In a crypto nemesis campaign to rein in the industry (The New York Times/David Yaffe-Bellany)
Biden paves the way for cyber regulations for critical infrastructures (Bloomberg Law/Skye Witley)
Bob Iger’s Disney challenge: solve the problem he was involved in (Vox/Peter Kafka)
🐘 Easier click: sorry for the delightful interruption
One more thing: CBS returns to Twitter
CBS News announced on Sunday that it would resume its Twitter activity after shutting it down for part of the weekend to assess the “uncertainty” under new CEO Elon Musk.
“After taking a break for much of the weekend to review security concerns, CBS News and Stations is resuming its activities on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation,” the network wrote on the platform.
The network’s various accounts stopped posting tweets late Friday, hours after Musk’s deadline, during which employees had to either commit to a “hardcore” work environment or accept severance payments and leave the company.
According to The New York Times, the ultimatum resulted in an estimated 1,200 employees leaving on Thursday. This came after Musk laid off about half of Twitter’s workforce, including around 7,500 employees, when he officially took over the company.
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