Reader’s Links for October 28th, 2022

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    • Top Dems Urge Biden To Nationalize Oil & Gas Industry
      Tyler Durden’s Photo
      FRIDAY, OCT 28, 2022 – 09:25 AM
      Authored by Michael Shellenberger via Substack,

      Calls for Biden to socialize industry have moved quickly from fringe to mainstream…

      The energy crisis is worsening. The U.S. has fewer than 30 days of diesel and other distillate fuels, the lowest level since 1945. Supplies are so low that there will be shortages and price spikes within six months unless the U.S. enters recession, experts warn. In response, the Biden administration is releasing more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. But the reserves are of crude oil, not refined oil products such as diesel. And the releases are stifling investment in future oil production. “People are depleting their emergency stocks,” warned Saudi Arabia’s energy minister earlier this week. “Losing emergency stocks may become painful in the months to come.”

      In response, influential Democrats, including a leading U.S. Senate candidate, a former Department of Energy official, and an influential energy expert, are urging the U.S. government to socialize America’s oil and gas firms.

      At a Houston conference last week, Jason Bordoff, Dean of Columbia University’s Climate School, called for the “nationalization” of oil and gas companies. “Government must take an active role in owning assets that will become stranded,” he said, “and plan to strand those assets.” By “strand” Bordoff meant “make financially worthless.” Bordoff made the point at least twice during the confrerence. Bordoff’s call shocked many in the audience. “Jason is smart, well-informed, and well-connected to the Biden Administration,” said someone who was at the conference, “so these comments are scary.”

    • QChina Goes On Crude Buying Spree After OPEC+ Cuts
      Tyler Durden’s Photo
      FRIDAY, OCT 28, 2022 – 01:06 PM
      China, the world’s largest oil importer, has just increased demand for crude for the remainder of the year, supporting near-term prices despite a souring macroeconomic backdrop across the globe, elevated US dollar, and the impact of soaring interest rate rises on fuel use.

      Bloomberg reported that Chinese buyers bought at least 10 million barrels last week from countries in the Middle East, West Africa, and South America. This could mean that the world’s largest oil importer is back after imports slumped this summer due to waning demand amid an economic slowdown.

      Cargoes are expected to arrive at tank farms between December and January.

    • I don’t see anyway the Dems will be able to nationalize the US petroleum industry. I can see them trying sending the cost of crude through the roof.

    • Most of our fresh and frozen fruit produce is shipped from the USA or Mexico via the USA. These trucks often are diesel-fuelled vehicles.

      I noticed my favorite crunchy peanut butter now has at least 50% fewer peanuts in it. The signs are there. Time to stock up.

      • If the Repubs win in Nov the left will turn very violent.

        If the Dems win in Nov they will turn very violent and try to blame the Repubs.

        This is probably the last chance the left will have to turn US communist this Century. They aren’t going to go quietly onto the night. They are trying to crash our economies to create chaos and cause US to beg for a strong man to protect us. I was hoping that the real nasty shortages and violence wouldn’t start for another year. It looks like we aren’t going to get that extra year to prepare.

  1. 12:43 Legacy media may be called to testify about their propaganda during the convoy, and how every level of government admittedly used this propaganda to form its responses:

  2. 14:29 Glenn Beck on the migration of gold eastward.

    The struggle for price discovery in precious metals is partly represented by the tug of war between spot and premiums. Since spot is established by the paper futures market, premiums attempt to offset this disabling of the price discovery mechanism. Paper claims to each ounce of physical gold and silver are approximately 100 (gold) to 250 (silver) times. So what would happen if the futures market stopped today? We may never know, but reality cannot be hidden forever.

    Also, given that the last credible audit of American gold was in 1953, it’s a mug’s game knowing how much the U.S. has. And given domestic production and eastward flows, Red China has possibly three times more gold than the U.S.. They just don’t disclose their stock.

  3. twitter @disclosetv

    JUST IN – Safety panel of the European drug regulator now recommends adding “heavy menstrual bleeding” as a side effect of Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA injections.


    Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 24 – 27 October 2022

    […]Comirnaty and Spikevax: heavy menstrual bleeding added as a side effect
    The PRAC has recommended that heavy menstrual bleeding should be added to the product information as a side effect of unknown frequency of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax.

    Heavy menstrual bleeding (heavy periods) may be defined as bleeding characterised by an increased volume and/or duration which interferes with the person’s physical, social, emotional and material quality of life. Cases of heavy menstrual bleeding have been reported after the first, second and booster doses of Comirnaty and Spikevax.

    The PRAC finalised the assessment of this safety signal after reviewing the available data, including cases reported during clinical trials, cases spontaneously reported in Eudravigilance and findings from the medical literature.

    After reviewing the data, the Committee concluded that there is at least a reasonable possibility that the occurrence of heavy menstrual bleeding is causally associated with these vaccines and therefore recommended the update of the product information.

    The available data reviewed involved mostly cases which appeared to be non-serious and temporary in nature.

    Menstrual disorders in general are quite common and they can occur for a wide range of reasons. This includes some underlying medical conditions. Any person who experiences postmenopausal bleeding or is concerned about a change in menstruation should consult their doctor.

    There is no evidence to suggest the menstrual disorders experienced by some people have any impact on reproduction and fertility. Available data provides reassurance about the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines before and during pregnancy. A review carried out by EMA’s Emergency Task Force showed that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies, and they are as effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and deaths in pregnant people as they are in non-pregnant people.

    The Committee reiterates that the totality of data available confirms that the benefits of these vaccines greatly outweigh the risks.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to continue to report cases of heavy menstrual bleeding to their national authorities.

    The PRAC will continue to monitor for cases of this condition and will communicate further if new recommendations are warranted.

    • REBEL NEWS – Dr. Malone discusses medical ethics, silencing of dissidents, and more during visit to Canada

      On Saturday, October 8, there was a screening of the documentary Uninformed Consent in Toronto, Ontario. It garnered hundreds of attendees and of those attending, there were a small group of prominent COVID-19 dissident medical professionals, including Doctor Robert Malone.

      Dr. Malone is a virologist and immunologist that dedicated his professional career to the research and development of the mRNA vector platform. He is also an outspoken dissident who has expressed concerns with how this technology is being developed and implemented.

      When asked about the flouting of medical ethics throughout the COVID narrative, Dr. Malone notes his dismay in how previously established safety testing norms have also been completely disregarded.

      In terms of research ethics, “we seem to be in an environment now where ethical boundaries are no longer respected in any way… They seem to believe that they can treat us all as though we are experimental animals,” Malone says.

      Malone further criticized major corporate media for their role in coordinating to uphold the interests of the entities that own them, by way of the Trusted News Initiative. He calls this “a globally unifying organization that appears to have very close ties with the intelligence community as embodied in the Five Eyes Alliance.”

      Dr. Malone further notes that the global coordination of censorship likely falls under the umbrella of the World Economic Forum, a trade organization formed by various divisions of major investment groups – Vanguard, State Street, Blackrock, and Bank of America.

      “These are the major financial powers behind the World Economic Forum,” shares Malone, further hinting that the key players of these organizations are operational arms of NATO military and defense.

      “We have a small number of very high net-worth individuals attempting to control the world economy and world politics and control all of us under a utilitarian-Marxist law.” The true fringe minority.

      On mRNA research and development (R&D), Dr. Malone says that “it’s unfortunate that [the COVID vaccines] were rushed through… they were imposed on human populations without sufficient safety data, and now we’re learning that this technology, as it’s deployed, has damaged countless lives and I fear that the work product of decades of R&D, that the value of that for humanity has been destroyed.”

      “Who is going to trust this technology now?” wonders Malone.

      You can view the other interviews from this event at the following links:

      Dr. Bridle here.

      Dr. Malthouse here.

      Former MP Rick Nicholls here.

      General attendee thoughts here.
      FULL 17:20 video on Rumble


  4. reuters – Czech protesters call for new government, direct gas talks with Russia

    Thousands of Czechs protested in Prague on Friday, demanding the centre-right government step down to allow an early election and calling for talks with Russia on gas supplies ahead of winter.

    The demonstration on a national holiday in Prague’s main square was the third organised by far-right political movements, fringe groups and the Communist party. Police estimated the crowd in the lower tens of thousands, less than the two previous rallies.

    The organising group “Czech Republic First!” opposes the European Union and NATO transatlantic alliance, and wants the nation of 10.7 million to be militarily neutral.

    Protesters waved Czech flags, chanted “Resign, Resign” and carried signs calling for an exit from NATO and the EU.

    “This is a new national revival and its goal is for the Czech Republic to be independent,” event organiser Ladislav Vrabel said. “When I see a full square, no one can stop this.”

    High energy prices, fuelled by the war in Ukraine, have piled pressure on governments across Europe to cushion the blow of mounting energy costs for consumers and businesses.

    The Czech government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala has signed up to EU sanctions against Russia and taken a tough stance over the invasion of Ukraine. It has also adopted a string of measures, including financial aid for companies and price caps on electricity for households.

    • Dr. Jordan B. Peterson addresses the upcoming winter situation for Europeans.

      IMO: Will the peasants rebel? No, they won’t because they will be too cold to go out. I expect their electric grid will also encounter problems, thus no Internet service.

  5. Pennsylvania Democrat officials sent out 240,000 255,000 ballots to people they could not verify either by their Social Security or Driver’s License numbers.

    The ballots should NEVER have been sent out to these voters.

    Fifteen Republican State Representatives sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman after they discovered that over 240,000 illicit ballots were sent out in the state prior to the 2022 midterm elections.

    Deputy Secretary Jonathan Marks testified in September before the Pennsylvania House that counties are responsible to verify the voter ID when a completed ballot arrive to the county. The counties argued that this was nonsense. The ID must be verified before a ballot is even sent out.

  6. Against all evidence: EU unveils plan for total vaccination in the new policy paper

    The fact that part of the EU population is still refusing experimental gene therapies against Covid-19 is a huge thorn in the side of the EU Commission. A recently published strategy paper lists no less than full vaccination and regular boosters for the entire population as a goal. The EU regime’s unbridled hatred of the unvaccinated is openly displayed: the refusal of Covid vaccination is concretely associated with anti-Western and anti-EU views and any critic of vaccination is so stylized as an enemy of the state, writes Vanessa Renner .
    The document published on September 2, “ EU response to COVID-19: preparing for autumn and winter 2023 ” demonstrates a degree of aggressive denial of reality that makes the reader sick. There is talk of 2,300 deaths a week from (!) Covid-19, terrible consequential damage from Long Covid, yes, even the psychological damage many people suffer from restrictions and fear mongering is completely attributed to the “pandemic”. The EU Commission plays itself up as the new sect of doom, which can connect seamlessly with the world doom cult glued to the streets. However, the rescue in the Corona apocalypse does not lie in new or increased taxes and duties, but in the sanctuary of genetic vaccination.

  7. The picture of the church windows – – I hear a soprano singing, “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me……

  8. HUGE: FBI Now Wants 66 Years Before Releasing Information on Seth Rich – Information They Originally DENIED They Had!
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 28, 2022 at 12:48pm

    QSeptember US District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas ordered the FBI to “produce the information it possesses related to Seth Rich’s laptop.

    In our previous reporting, The Gateway Pundit’s Joe Hoft reported on the FBI’s refusal to release documents on Seth Rich. To this day we still don’t have good information on Seth Rich’s murder. He was shot in the back twice in the early morning near his home. He died later in the hospital. The police recorded the event as a robbery and yet Rich’s phone, wallet, and personal items were with him when the police arrived.

    Some people suspect Rich was the source of the emails that went to WikiLeaks before the 2016 Election related to Hillary and her corrupt actions over many years. These emails were ignored by the corrupt mainstream media but were shared by Wikileaks and on social media at that time. The left blamed Wikileaks as one reason why Hillary Clinton lost to President Trump in 2016.

  9. 90 Day Freeze on Cleaning Voter Rolls Allows Voter Fraud and Needs to Be Challenged at the Supreme Court
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 28, 2022 at 12:30pm

    The RNC has 17 “Election Integrity Directors” placed in various States. Their role is to recruit poll watchers, collaborate with state parties and stakeholders, and promote secure elections. Their names and the areas they service are not publicly available. Melissa Conway is the RNC Integrity Director for TX. She also founded the Texas Election Network, which filed affidavits challenging over 6,000 voter registrations in Harris County, TX (Houston).

    After massive research and canvassing, they told the county these voters did not reside at the addresses on their registration records. Harris County didn’t remove a single one from the voter rolls. Another 49 challenges came after Aug. 10th, the deadline for the 90 day freeze on voter rolls. Many jurisdictions follow this questionable federal law. It says voters can’t be removed from

  10. BREAKING UPDATES: Sources Claim Attacker Screamed “Where Is Nancy!”, Tried to Tie Up Paul Pelosi; Speaker’s Husband ‘Severely Beaten’ with Hammer to His Head and Body in ‘Targeted’ Attack on SF Home
    By Kristinn Taylor
    Published October 28, 2022 at 10:45am

    Breaking update: Sources are telling many reporters that the attacker allegedly was screaming “Where is Nancy!” when Paul Pelosi was confronted and attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home). Nancy Pelosi was in DC according to her office. The assailant reportedly was trying to tie up Paul Pelosi “until Nancy got home.”

    Flashback: Christine Pelosi, Daughter of Nancy Pelosi, Celebrated Violent Attack on Senator Rand Paul
    By Cristina Laila
    Published October 28, 2022 at 12:16pm
    Remember this?

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi is just as vile as her mother

    In 2020, Christine Pelosi endorsed the violent assault against Republican Senator Rand Paul.

    Paul Pelosi, husband of Nancy Pelosi was violently attacked with a hammer in his San Francisco home early Friday morning

    • twitter @kylenabecker

      It’s so ‘funny’ these threats to Democrats involve attackers who aren’t familiar with the existence of firearms. That tends to give an attacker a better chance of mission success. These scenarios smack more like influence ops scripted by spooks. Just sayin’. Odd, that’s all.

      Suspect: Fishy (46-year-old guy in underwear)
      Opportunity: Fishy (Speaker’s home at night)
      Weapon: Fishy (a hammer)
      Motive: Fishy (anti-government manifesto weeks before election)

      Sorry. Maybe I watched too many Columbo episodes.
      HEAVY – David Depape, Paul Pelosi Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

      twitter @EndWokeness

      SF Police say Paul Pelosi and the attacker were both holding hammers

      The man waited until police arrived to attack, and he did it using Paul Pelosi’s hammer

      This is strange AF

      + 26 sec video

      MORE: “The suspect was arrested in his underwear” and authorities have found an anti-government manifesto

    • Family member recalls DePape as a ‘good kid’

      Teresa DePape — the wife of David DePape’s stepfather, Gene DePape — said she met David DePape in 1995. Gene DePape adopted David DePape and his twin sister, who now lives in New Zealand, Teresa DePape said. The two children would often spend time at Gene DePape’s home. “He was funny. He was a good kid,” Teresa DePape said by phone from Powell River, British Columbia, as she recalled David as a teenager. “But he needed out of the small town. He didn’t like small town stuff. He didn’t really talk much. He would come home from school and turn on the television and play games.”

      Teresa DePape, now 65, said David DePape left Powell River after he graduated from high school. She said David DePape first went to Hawaii where he met a woman and got married and then moved to San Francisco, where he sold jewelry.

      Teresa DePape said over the years, she and her husband lost touch with David. But two years ago, he called to say he was in British Columbia, though he did not visit them.

      On Friday, Teresa DePape said she had been in touch with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office. She said she couldn’t believe David DePape would attack anyone. “I never thought of David as a violent person,” she added. “I can see David defending himself. Why he’s in somebody else’s house looking for someone, I don’t know.”

      Chronicle photos from a 2013 nudist wedding at San Francisco City Hall show a fully clothed DePape dancing with famed nudist activist Gypsy Taub and her new husband Jaymz Smith on the steps of the iconic building.

      He was the best man at the wedding, which received local media coverage as part of Taub’s “yearlong assault on the public nudity ban” in the city, according to a Chronicle article at the time. DePape, a hemp jewelry maker back then, lived with the couple in a crowded home in Berkeley.

    • This is Weird? Pelosi Assailant David Depape Was In His Underwear When Police Arrived – Yanked the Hammer from Paul Pelosi
      By Jim Hoft
      Published October 28, 2022 at 3:50pm

      As reported earlier, according to sources close to the investigation, Paul Pelosi’s attacker is 42-year-old Berkeley resident David Depape, The San Francisco Standard reported.

      San Francisco police chief William Scott said Depape was booked on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and “several additional felonies.”
      Paul Pelosi, husband of Nancy Pelosi was violently attacked with a hammer in his San Francisco home early Friday morning.

      Sources are telling many reporters that the attacker allegedly was screaming “Where is Nancy!” when Paul Pelosi was confronted and attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home. Nancy Pelosi was in DC according to her office.

  11. EXCLUSIVE: Tuesday’s Georgia Supreme Court Ruling Will Likely Lead to Audit of 147,000 Suspected Fraudulent Ballots in Fulton County in the 2020 Election
    By Joe Hoft
    Published October 28, 2022 at 12:00pm

    QThe Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Georgia citizens, including voters, have the right to sue government officials who violate state law. This ruling puts the review of 147,000 ballots in Fulton County Georgia from the 2020 Election back in play.

    Georgia’s Supreme Court, the highest court in the land for Georgia elections, ruled on Tuesday that citizens do have the right to sue their government officials when they violate state law. This ruling is consistent with nearly every ruling to date on this matter.

  12. Italy to end ban on health workers not vaccinated against Covid

    MILAN, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Italian doctors and nurses suspended from work because they are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will soon be reinstated, new Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said on Friday.

    The move is motivated by a worrying shortage of medical personnel together with declining cases of Covid-19.

    The new government will also cancel fines imposed on all people aged over 50 who had not got vaccinated, he added.

    “A measure is being finalised that will allow the reintegration into service of health staff subject to suspension proceedings for non-compliance with compulsory vaccination before the expiry date of the suspension,” he said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

    Former prime minister Mario Draghi’s government had made vaccination mandatory for teachers and health workers in 2021 and extended that to everyone over 50 in January this year.

    A refusal resulted in suspension from work without pay for public employees, while those aged over 50 faced fines of 100 euros ($99.5).

    The statement added that the minister considers a gradual return to normality to be appropriate and would suspend the daily publication of data on the spread of the epidemic, hospitalisations and deaths. The information will now be released on a weekly basis. ($1 = 1.0049 euros)

  13. QtTop House Republican Investigator Demands Answers From FBI About Very Real Security Threat of Hunter Biden’s Chinese Associate
    By Assistant Editor
    Published October 28, 2022 at 3:15pm

    top US House Republican investigator is demanding answers from the FBI about the possible security implications posed by a former close business associate of Hunter Biden.

    Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

    The letter was sent to the FBI as a warning that Hunter Biden’s history with his Chinese business associate might be a “national security threat” that the FBI must investigate.

  14. Dozens of Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas Issued in Criminal Probe Involving Democrat Senator Bob Menendez
    By Cristina Laila
    Published October 28, 2022 at 4:16pm
    Crooked New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez is under federal criminal investigation – AGAIN.

    According to CNN, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is conducting the investigation into Menendez.

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    Dozens of subpoenas were issued in the criminal probe involving Menendez, NBC News reported.

    According to NBC News, one of the entities involved in the probe is IS EG Halal, located in Edgewater, New Jersey.

  15. – IMHO, this is one hell of a scam. People who fall for it deserve their loss. Sadly, Canadians will bear the brunt of the financial loss. Russia is winning this conflict and European leaders know it. It also shows that Justin has no intention of running again as Prime Minister. –

    “Canada raising money for Ukraine with sale of bonds”

    WINNIPEG, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Canada will sell a government-backed, 5-year bond to raise money for Ukraine, the first country to do so, and it will impose new sanctions on 35 Russian individuals, including Gazprom (GAZP.MM) executives, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

    “Canadians will now be able to go to major banks to purchase their sovereignty bonds which will mature after five years with interest,” Trudeau told an annual meeting of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Winnipeg.

    “These funds will go to support the Government of Ukraine so they can continue to support the Ukrainian people,” he said.

    • CBC – Canada to sell government-backed bonds to raise money for Ukraine

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the rollout of new savings bonds to support Ukraine.
      Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Ihor Michalchyshyn joined Power & Politics on Friday to talk about the new financial assistance.

      + comments on the YT page

  16. reuters – With U.S. midterms ahead, Musk’s Twitter takeover raises fear of misinformation wave

    Oct 28 (Reuters) – With the U.S. midterm elections less than two weeks away, Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter could unleash a fresh wave of election misinformation just as voters are casting ballots that will determine control of Congress for the next two years, political and media experts say.

    Musk, the CEO of electric car maker Tesla, says he is a free speech “absolutist” and has vowed to loosen the reins on chatter within the social media app, which in recent years had striven to limit toxic content it viewed as dangerously false or discriminatory even as its global influence has widened.

    Musk sought to address fears on Thursday, telling Twitter advertisers that the platform “cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!” On Friday, the entrepreneur announced he would form a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints.”

    But Musk has voiced skepticism about the site’s permanent bans of figures such as former President Donald Trump, who lost his account – and its nearly 90 million followers – shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Trump had used his account to assert falsely that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

    Musk has also criticized the site’s moderation policies in the past, and his plans to make major cuts to staff could hamstring the site’s ability to police its content, which it has struggled at times to do in the past.

    “The bird is freed,” he wrote on Twitter after completing the acquisition on Thursday.

    How much influence a more loosely moderated Twitter would have on political discourse in the run-up to the Nov. 8 general election is not clear. Early voting has already begun in a number of states, and polls show most voters have already made up their minds.

    A more permissive Twitter could help to amplify false narratives around key election results in the days after Nov. 8 if some candidates refuse to accept the outcome and cry fraud as some fear may happen.

    Republicans say many social media platforms are biased against them, and numerous conservative Twitter accounts – including Republican politicians – on Friday welcomed Musk’s takeover. Democrats fear that Trump supporters will promote far-right views or false claims of election fraud on Twitter if permitted.

    The site has been a key political tool for years, offering politicians and activists around the world the ability to reach millions with largely unfiltered rhetoric. Twitter has played a role in organizing mass campaigns, including the #MeToo movement targeting sexual misconduct and the Arab Spring protests in the Middle East.

    Critics, however, have warned that the site has also helped spread both misinformation – inaccurate or misleading information – and disinformation – purposefully false information – that undermines democratic principles and offers foreign actors an avenue for meddling.

    “(Musk’s acquisition) could certainly create a much bigger pathway for disinformation agents to spread harmful information on the platform,” said Yosef Getachew, the director of the media and democracy program at Common Cause, the nonpartisan public interest organization.

    “Content moderation policies are only effective if there are people there to enforce them and systems in place to ensure they are being enforced. If those rules are going to be out the window, that is going to be incredibly harmful.”

    Polls show Democrats may be on the verge of losing their razor-thin majority in Congress on Nov. 8.


    Since his ban, Trump has launched his own social media app, Truth Social, and has said he will not return to Twitter even if reinstated. On Friday morning, he posted to his 4.4 million followers on Truth Social, bragging that the app has “bigger numbers” than all other platforms, including Twitter, in an apparent indication that he does not intend to switch.

    “I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” he wrote, before adding, “I LOVE TRUTH!”

    Following the 2016 presidential election, when U.S. security agencies concluded that Russia had surreptitiously used social media to mount influence campaigns aimed at manipulating the outcome, Twitter and other social media sites ramped up their efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation, with mixed success.

    Twitter sought to eliminate false tweets about the coronavirus pandemic, when misinformation about the scale of the disease and the efficacy of various medical treatments – exacerbated by some political leaders – spread widely, hampering the public health response.

    In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Twitter permanently banned Trump and some of his allies, such as attorney Sidney Powell and pillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell, who echoed his false election fraud claims. The site has also deleted thousands of accounts affiliated with right-wing extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and the far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon.

    But some experts have questioned whether those efforts are adequate given the sheer volume and speed of misinformation online. A company whistleblower said earlier this year that Twitter had prioritized user growth over reducing spam and bots; the company rejected his account.

    Conservatives have accused the site of censoring their view points for political reasons, an allegation Twitter has denied.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican Georgia congresswoman and Trump acolyte whose personal account was banned permanently in January for spreading false information about COVID-19, tweeted, “FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” from her official congressional account on Thursday.

    Rapper Kanye West, whose Twitter account was suspended for posting anti-Semitic remarks, appeared to be active again on Friday.

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