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The New Year’s weekend ban from Twitter in the Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize Danger of Increase in Riots on Capitol Hill The Memo: What Now for Anti-Trump Republicans? Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE(R-Ga.) ‘S personal account adds new fuel to Republicans’ accusations that tech giants censor content with an anti-conservative bias.

On the Senate side, the Republicans Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhy the arms deal with Saudi Arabia was a strategic necessity More suitable candidates for ‘Person of the Year’ Democrats must not give in to self-fulfilling defeatism MORE (Ky.) Has targeted YouTube on similar censorship charges and said he would stop posting on the mainstream platform.

Let’s move on to the news.

McCarthy slams Greene’s ban on Twitter

House Minority Leader Kevin mccarthyKevin McCarthy McCarthy Says Democrats Use Jan. 6 As “Partisan Political Weapon” GOP Rep Says Republicans Have “No Choice” But To Support Trump Rep. Mike Turner To Replace Nunes At Top by House Intel. (R-Calif.) Accused Twitter on Monday of trying to “silence” Americans after the prohibited platform representing Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) For violating its COVID-19 disinformation policy.

Twitter blasting: McCarthy did not directly name Greene in his statement denouncing the social media company, but he specifically called a ruling against a “sitting member of Congress.”

“It is clear that any talk that does not correspond to Big Tech orthodoxy is muzzled. America is poorer for this conduct, ”he said in his statement.

Only Greene’s personal account was banned from Twitter, with the first-term legislator’s Congressional account still active.

A Twitter spokesperson said Greene’s personal account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the company’s coronavirus disinformation policy. The Hill reached out to a Twitter spokesperson for further comment in response to McCarthy’s statement.

He is not alone: Other House Republicans have also slammed Twitter for its action against Greene, which has come under repeated criticism – and withdrawal from its committee duties of the House – on his adherence to conspiracy theories and his approval of political violence.

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Facebook is following suit (sort of)

Facebook suspended the representative on Monday. Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s (R-Ga.) for 24 hours for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, just a day after his personal Twitter account was permanently suspended for the same reason.

Greene’s gram: On his Telegram account, Greene shared a screenshot of a message from Facebook indicating that he would be banned from posting anything for the next 24 hours.

“Facebook joined Twitter to censor me. This goes beyond censorship of speech,” Greene wrote. “I am an elected member of Congress representing more than 700,000 tax-paying American citizens and I represent their voices, their values, I defend their freedoms and I protect the Constitution.”

Greene’s verified Congressional Facebook account is still active.

Meta’s point of view: In a statement provided to The Hill, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said: “One post violated our policies and we deleted it; but deleting their account for this violation is beyond our policies. ”

Sunday, Twitter permanently suspended Greene’s personal account, citing “repeated violations” of his policies. Greene’s congressional account is still active. After his account was deleted, Greene called Twitter “America’s enemy.”

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The jury in the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes said it was deadlocked and “unable to reach a unanimous verdict on three of the charges” in a note Monday.

Before dismissing the jury to continue weighing these charges, Judge Edward. J. Davila provided them with blocking instructions and reiterated the presumption of innocence for Holmes, ABC News reported.

The 37-year-old faces nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud as prosecutors claim the blood testing startup was intentionally misleading patients and investors.

Two weeks after jury deliberations began – including vacation leave – Monday’s note is the first substantive signal of the jury’s position, according to ABC News.

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Apple became the first American company to achieve a market value of $ 3 trillion in intraday trading.

Apple briefly crossed the mark on Monday when its stock price hit $ 182.86, before closing later at $ 182.01.

The company, which has tripled its valuation in less than four years, posted growth across its products in its fourth quarter results, with revenues up 29% year-on-year, CNBC reported.

Apple’s services business grew 25.6% year over year and generated more than $ 18 billion in revenue in the quarter.

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An editorial to chew on: 2022 will be the year the world begins to return to the moon

Lighter click: Good snow day

Notable Web Links:

From the Capitol to the city council: how extremism in the United States postponed after January 6 (NBC News / Brandy Zadrozny Ben Collins)

A new wave of AI audit startups wants to prove that accountability can pay off (Protocol / Kate Kaye)

He made Wordle for his partner. Now it’s one shot online. (The New York Times / Daniel Victor)

One more thing: Nunes officially resigns

representing Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes representative Mike Turner will replace Nunes as head of the Intel Chamber. Members of Congress fail to stand for re-election in 2022 Lowenthal becomes last House Democrat not to stand for re-election (R-Calif.) Officially resigned from Congress on Monday, as the California Republican leaves to lead the former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney quotes testimony that Ivanka asked Trump to “please stop this violence” on January 6 McCarthy says Democrats are using January 6 as a “partisan political weapon” Biden, Harris to speak to the occasion of the anniversary of the insurrection of the Capitol PLUSthe business of new media and technologies.

Nunes’ resignation letter was read aloud on the floor of the House during a pro forma session on Monday. It is expected to take effect at 11:59 p.m. today.

“Honorable, Speaker of the House of Representatives, madam, I am writing to inform you that I have informed the Governor of California. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomChicago’s 797 homicides in 2021, the highest in 25 years, most of the best political celebrity moments of any American city in 2021. Year that broke the recall? Why COVID led to the collapse of nationwide recalls MORE of my resignation from the United States House of Representatives effective today at 11:59 pm, ”the letter read.

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