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January 7, 2021, 9:25 AM

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
As a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building, Facebook and Twitter allowed Trump to cheer them on using their platforms  —  As rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, President Donald Trump clung to his last vestiges of power: his social media accounts.
@twittersafety:
[Thread] Twitter says Trump's account will be locked for 12 hours following removal of recent tweets, and further violations will result in permanent suspension  —  As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://help.twitter.com/...
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook will remove content supporting violence at the Capitol, including photos and videos of the event, require admin review for group posts, more  —  After removing a video in which President Trump praised a violent group of his supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol building …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook and Instagram have banned President Trump from posting for the next 24 hours citing two policy violations  —  The company follows Twitter in restricting Trump's presence  —  Facebook has blocked President Trump from posting on the site for 24 hours, the company said Wednesday evening.
BuzzFeed News:
The Trump supporters who rioted in the US Capitol on Wednesday had been openly planning online for weeks, including on mainstream and niche social media sites  —  The supporters of President Donald Trump who rioted in the US Capitol building on Wednesday had been openly planning for weeks …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
The time has come for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to deplatform Trump, whose continued presence is accelerating the erosion of US democracy  —  As you no doubt already know, today, President Trump incited his followers to storm the US Capitol, where they disrupted the constitutionally …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Some Facebook employees say internal forum admins froze comments on at least three threads in which employees discussed removing Trump from the site  —  Facebook employees were appalled by President Donald Trump's encouragement of his supporters as they stormed the US Capitol building …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook and YouTube have removed a video of Trump addressing supporters; Facebook says it risked adding to violence, YouTube says it violated election rules  —  YouTube also removed it, but Twitter left it up  —  As rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, Facebook removed a video …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
After labeling some Trump tweets due to “risk of violence”, Twitter removed three Trump tweets, including the video to his supporters  —  Twitter has suspended Donald Trump and locked the president out of his account for the next 12 hours, after warning that his tweets posed a “risk of violence.”
New York Times:
Sources: US intel agencies are investigating JetBrains as possible entry point for SolarWinds hackers; JetBrains isn't aware of any investigation or compromise  —  Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Roblox announces a $520M financing round led by Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer at a $29.5B valuation, says it plans to go public soon via direct listing  —  - Robolox raised $520 million at a $29.5 billion valuation in a financing round led by Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
A look at DDoS-Guard, a Russian firm that hosts the official site for Hamas, flagged by US and its allies as a terrorist group, and also services 8kun and 8chan  —  In October 2020, KrebsOnSecurity looked at how a web of sites connected to conspiracy theory movements QAnon and 8chan …

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