The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020 day edition

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Twitter said Monday that it has suspended an account named "ANTIFA_US" which it says was tied to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa.

Over the weekend, the account had called for violence and its posts had widely circulated online.

It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform.

"This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts," a Twitter representative told Axios.

"We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules.".

Twitter has previously taken action on other fake accounts linked to the Identity Evropa group, including ones engaged in targeted hate focused on race, religion and sexual orientation.

The big picture: Twitter has become more active in holding to account those promoting violence on its platform. »

Australian news crew assaulted by US cops

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An Australian journalist and cameraman have been assaulted by US police while reporting on protests outside the White House.

Both were shot with rubber bullets and struggled to breathe after tear gas was thrown at the crowd.

Reporter Tim Arvier said his cameraman and security guard were handcuffed but the officers were respectful and soon let the Australian crew go. »

Was an Anti-Seat Belt Law Advocate Killed in an Automobile Accident?

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In this vein, we note with a sense of both sadness and irony a couple of articles recently called to our attention.

As laws become increasingly strict for seat belts, fewer people will respond positively by buckling up in response to the laws.

Derek Kieper was a smart, funny, intense young man who relished a good debate and would do anything for his friends. »

Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

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The Trump administration attempted to block U.S.-based manufacturer 3M from filling a huge order of medical-grade face masks from Ontario this spring, before relenting.

The Trump government also cut U.S. funding to the World Health Organization amid the pandemic, citing concerns with the way the organization had managed the crisis.

The four Minneapolis police officers were fired and one was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Mr. Floyd. »

It’s not fair to judge all police officers based on the few bad apples we violently defend at all costs

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And there have certainly been instances in the past where officers crossed a line and, as a result, people got hurt or died.

But you have to understand these are only a tiny fraction of the thousands of police officers working in the world today.

And because they’re the best hitter on the police softball team, and we really want to win the league this year!. »