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posted by martyb on Wednesday April 27 2016, @01:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the is-a-Trump-tweet-called-a-Treet? dept.

You were warned. Now it begins.

Since the implementation of Twitter's new algorithmic timeline back in February of this year, conservatives, libertarians and anti-establishment dissidents alike have been waiting for the social media platform to interfere in the current U.S. election cycle. Now it seems that there is clear evidence of Twitter censoring the current Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

A tweet sent from Trump's account at 3:04 PM EDT yesterday is not visible from his timeline, even when showing "Tweets and replies." That message included a video wherein Trump declared that "the establishment and special interests are absolutely killing our country."At the time of this writing, the tweet is still publicly accessible via a direct link and thus has not been deleted either by Twitter or by someone operating on the Trump account.

This archive.is link has a copy of the timeline taken before this article was published which clearly shows the tweet not appearing where it should be — between a tweet sent at 12:10 PM EDT and one sent at 3:27 PM EDT; it is possible that the tweet may be reintroduced to the timeline in order to hide the manipulation.

Today it's one Trump tweet, tomorrow it will be you.


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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:20AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:20AM (#337770) Journal

    Your pastor ought to remember that the New Testament says to obey the secular powers, since they are given their right to rule by God. And if he doesn't want to pay taxes, he should shut up about politics.

    You ever wonder what "fornicating with the kings of the earth" means? It means religion getting involved with the temporal powers. Your pastor is being taken nuts-deep.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @05:36AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @05:36AM (#337794)

    Render unto Caesar?

    I always read that as "Caesar? Who the fuck is Caesar and why should God care what arrangements you have with him?"

    Maybe you're referring to something from Paul. I'm not much of a fan of him.

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday April 27 2016, @10:04AM

    He ought to also remember that religious institutions are explicitly prohibited from endorsing a candidate if they want to keep their tax exempt status. Yeah, that's not what he did. It's dangerously close though.

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    • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Wednesday April 27 2016, @11:02AM

      by jdavidb (5690) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @11:02AM (#337877) Homepage Journal

      For the record, he told me he got complaints. :) Though I'm betting that the people complaining were white church members, not Hispanic church members.

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    • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Wednesday April 27 2016, @12:28PM

      by jdavidb (5690) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @12:28PM (#337890) Homepage Journal
      An observation. [soylentnews.org]
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      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:27PM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:27PM (#338006) Journal

        The 20th century fascists modeled themselves on your churches. You DO know Stalin had religious instruction and Hitler could have been a priest, don't you? And ol' no-elbows-no-knees-only-one-ball was never excommunicated from the Catholic Church?

        Your religion (its entire religious family really) is a fascist dictatorship. Yahweh is basically Kim Jong Un except he CAN hear your thoughts, and he runs an eternal, inescapable concentration camp full of fire and fear and pain and torture for what amount to his political prisoners.

        No, the Abrahamic religions have nothing inside them to stand up to fascism, aside from "yeah, well, it's not the RIGHT dictator!"

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        • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:33PM

          by jdavidb (5690) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:33PM (#338010) Homepage Journal
          So church members shouldn't speak out against fascism, then?
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          • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday April 27 2016, @07:37PM

            by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 27 2016, @07:37PM (#338106) Journal

            As people you should, but it's an incredibly blatant case of Dunning-Krugeritis (and projection, and hypocrisy, and the pot calling the kettle black). Cruel, stupid, insane Gods make cruel, stupid, insane men. The only way most Abrahamic cultists can survive is deliberate ignorance of the implications of their beliefs.

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      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @10:13PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @10:13PM (#338167)

        For my part, I think I would rather my Church lose it's tax exempt status for speaking out against tyranny rather than sitting on our hands while demagogues run amok. Just sayin'.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 28 2016, @02:50AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 28 2016, @02:50AM (#338253)

    Your pastor ought to remember that the New Testament says to obey the secular powers, since they are given their right to rule by God. And if he doesn't want to pay taxes, he should shut up about politics.

    You ever wonder what "fornicating with the kings of the earth" means? It means religion getting involved with the temporal powers. Your pastor is being taken nuts-deep.

    I'm not sure the NT is saying what you think it is saying. Jesus and John The Baptist were both executed by "secular powers" because they "spoke truth to power". Even in our modern times, Christian leaders have often been the ones to speak out against tyranny. Don't forget that Martin Luther King was a Christian preacher who was a member of the SCLC. Further back, the abolitionist movement was started by Christians. Do you really think they should have stayed silently "obedient" in the face of injustice? Really? How do you decide when they should speak up and when they should stay obediently silent? As a Christian, I think I have an answer for that. Do you have an answer that doesn't essentially boil down to "they should speak up, but only when I approve of the message"?

    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday April 28 2016, @04:29AM

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 28 2016, @04:29AM (#338274) Journal

      I can see all the assumptions you're making already: statist, fascist, atheist, none of which are true.

      Let me spell this out for you in simple terms: YOU DO THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE YOU ARE HUMAN. If you need to be told to do the right thing because if you don't the Flying Canaanite Genocide Fairy is going to torture you in eternal flame, then brother, you are a shit human being, and I hope you die of something embarrassing and painful.

      Hasn't it occurred to you that within a few centuries of Yeshua's death, institutional Christianity became the very powers, the scribes and Pharisees, that he himself railed against? Sorry, but today, you and your buddies are the people he was warning us all about.

      What I wonder is, if you *weren't* a Christian, would you still do the right thing? What motivates you to do the right thing?

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