Psaki Bolts From Podium As Reporter Asks About Her Prior Tweets Calling Hunter Biden Laptop Story ‘Russian Disinformation’ (VIDEO)

Psaki Bolts From Podium As Reporter Asks About Her Prior Tweets Calling Hunter Biden Laptop Story ‘Russian Disinformation’ (VIDEO)

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Nicki Minaj’s Vaccine Hesitancy Tweets Show Value of Persuasion Over Federal Mandates –

Earlier this week, rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted a harrowing and improbable tale about her cousin’s friend’s COVID vaccine side effects. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she wrote.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t [sic] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now,” she added, later saying she was reluctant to travel for the Met Gala due to having a young child at home and that she’ll probably end up having to get vaccinated to go on tour:

Her tweets evoked a response from Trinidadian health authorities, who refuted the claim that vaccines could cause swollen balls; a response from the White House, which offered to call Minaj to discuss the safety of COVID-19 vaccines; and dual monologues from MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Fox’s Tucker Carlson expressing their respective disappointment and elation at her stance.

Though Minaj is all over the place with her objections to personally getting vaccinated and choosing not to attend the Met Gala, she’s right to emphasize the importance of allowing adults to make their own choices free from coercive, top-down government measures—and the importance of allowing people to make their own private medical decisions on their own timelines.

If Minaj does ultimately choose to get vaccinated, as she indicates is likely, it will be because the prospect of losing out on the money and joy reaped by touring is a price she’s decided she is not willing to pay. But she’s the one who can judge those trade-offs for herself, and the people she does business with are the ones who can decide how much risk of viral spread they’re willing to accept in venues, recording studios, and the like.

Though the White House obviously won’t offer to get on the phone with every American who has vaccine concerns—just those who have 157 million Instagram followers—their response to the testicle-deformation kerfuffle indicates that they still view persuasion as a useful tactic; perhaps they should’ve even tried persuasion for longer, staving off the impulse to impose federal mandates and incur the highly predictable backlash. For people whose vaccine hesitancy is rooted in distrust of the federal government, coercive measures may be effective in the short term, but are likely to squander trust in the long run (while incentivizing some audacious people to use fakes to skirt the rules).

People who have the administration’s ear, such as CNN medical analyst Leana Wen, have gone so far as to suggest that unvaccinated people should be barred from commercial air travel. In some cities, your pre-teen or teen could be required to get vaccinated in order to attend mandatory schooling; in others, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, art museums, and indoor sporting events are walled off from unvaccinated people by order of the government. A better strategy—one which would have recognized limits on executive authority—could have been to let private businesses decide for themselves which policies to enact for workers and customers, as many were already doing, and to let individuals like Minaj decide when or if the scale tips toward vaccination on their own.

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Parents Furious About School-Board Member’s Tweets About Sex And Hating Republicans.

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Enraged parents in Chula Vista, California, who uncovered the scandalous tweets of a school-board member, must be wondering whether she loves kinky sex as much as she hates Donald Trump and Republicans.

Among other things, Kate Bishop pondered aloud on Twitter about sex with an 18-year-old, purchasing a sex toy, and activities with former House Speaker Paul Ryan that would likely have frightened the former GOP titan to death.

Understandably, parents wonder why the Bishop is still in a position to influence education. Also understandably, Bishop has ended public access to her wacky tweets.

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The trouble for the apparently sex-starved Bishop began when riled Dad Joe Thomas posted a note and the tweets in question.

“I’m a concerned parent in the Chula Vista school district. I recently discovered the Twitter account of Ms. Kate Bishop, VP of the Chula Vista board of education,” the ticked-off Thomas wrote on September 8. “Her comments are appalling, disturbing and unprofessional for any educator in the public school system.”

Indeed they are, and so he contacted the school superintendent on September 2. Bishop protected her account the next day:

Go figure. She is the perfect example of who not to put in charge of decisions that affect our children. She is an elected official and should [be] held accountable and reprimanded for her dishonesty to the public that gave her the position. Please disseminate as you see fit. I will be attaching the recently removed tweets.

Among the sex tweets Thomas dug up where these:

2013: “The last three transactions on my credit card were 4 jockstraps, a burrito, and a d***do.”

2012: “I’m pretty sure I hit my sexual peak today. Somebody bring me an 18 year old boy, STAT!”  

2011: “Off to the park to see what hot 3-year-old girls my kid can hit on. ”

The woman’s political political tweets were typical of the fuming hate so common among leftist women:

“Dear Rust Belt, He lied,” the school-board member wrote in 2016. “Your manufacturing jobs are NEVER coming back. You f—ed us. No love, Kate.”

Another combined Bishop’s apparent obsession with sex with her hatred for the GOP. “I wanna hate-f**K Paul Ryan, while he is g-gged with my absentee ballot on which I voted for Obama,” she wrote in 2012. 

Whether Ryan has purchased bear spray and installed extra locks on his doors is unknown, but anyway, too late did Bishop sequester her Twitter page.

“Those tweets, I feel, are disqualifying for anybody involved in K-12 education,” parent Jonathan Zachreson argued.

Matt Dickson said the tweet about the 18-year-old was beyond the pale.

“To choose an 18-year-old boy as opposed to somebody her own age, it appears to have a predatory context,” he told Fox News. “Having somebody who looks at young people in that manner is very scary.”

Continued Dickson:

If she’s a leader with this kind of … predatory thought process, is this going through the rest of the board and of the school district? Is there an acceptance of this kind of behavior?

Nothing Done

The school board yawned.

In a statement to Fox News, Oscar Esquivel, the district superintendent, said the tweets are old and don’t “represent the opinions or beliefs of the Chula Vista Elementary School District.”

That’s good.

Bishop appears unworried — either about the tweets or her position as an “educator.”

“As a parent involved in education, I see this as a teachable moment that things put on the internet last forever,” she told Fox:

The intent of these tweets was meant to be funny, but they weren’t, and without context years later, they have actually hurt people that I care about.

I own my past mistakes and I have been more mindful of things that I post publicly online since then.

Parents Kimberly Dickson isn’t buying it. “The content of the tweets puts her character into question, whether they were made last week, last year, or ten years ago,” she told the network. “Is the fox watching the henhouse?”

H/T: Daily Mail

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Twitter testing emoji reactions to tweets, similar to Facebook

Twitter will soon offer its users a new way to be toxic. Hot on the heels of Facebook, which has long allowed its users to express their feelings about any given post through the use of emojis, Twitter will soon allow its users to react to tweets beyond hitting the “like” button or responding with a mean remark.

The social media company announced today that it is testing emoji reactions for tweets that go beyond simple likes. In the coming days, users in Turkey will be able to respond to tweets with the “face with tears of joy” emoji, the “thinking face” emoji, “clapping hands” emoji, “crying face,” or a simple “heart.” The test, which will run for a limited time, may soon expand to users worldwide. As detailed by Twitter in a mock-up screenshot, the emojis will be visible alongside the likes button. 

While emoji reactions have been available on Facebook and other social media platforms for years, as well as Twitter itself in Spaces and in direct messages, this will be the first time that users will be able to express themselves on the timeline directly through emojis. Twitter’s selection of emojis seems to indicate that none of them are especially negative – there is no “angry face” emoji like there is on Facebook or anything to otherwise indicate disagreement with the post. It will be up to users to repurpose one of the existing available emojis, such as the thinking face emoji, to indicate disagreement or mockery.

Engadget reports:

Twitter narrowed it down to those additional four after conducting surveys and researching what the most common words and emoji are in Tweets. It found that the most popular one is the laughing emoji, and that people want to express reactions centered around “funny,” “support/cheer,” “agreement” and “awesome.” It also identified “entertained” and “curious” as the top emotions people feel when reading tweets.

Its surveys also revealed that “frustration” and “anger” were common emotions experienced by users. While some people wanted to express disagreement with Tweets, the company decided not to incorporate that. Rather, it’s trying to see if the new, more positive emoji will drive “healthy public conversations.” It’s also likely related to the high levels of polarization and toxicity on the site, something that Twitter has been keen to reduce over the past several years.

Twitter announced the limited test of emoji reactions with the launch of Twitter Communities, which allows users to establish specialized spaces where moderators can “pick the focus, create the Community rules, and invite people who will make it a great place for conversation.”

“Think of Communities as places created for conversation where the vibe and tone is set by people who share the same interests and want to have relevant conversations,” the company said. 

“Moderators set the Community rules and can also invite others to moderate their space to keep things on track and focused. Right now, Community creation is limited but in the coming months, we’ll allow more people to create Communities so everyone can talk about their thing, whatever it is. Some of the initial Communities we’re testing surround popular conversations on Twitter. Examples include dogs, weather, sneakers, skincare, and astrology, with many more to come, reflecting more of the thriving and niche discussions on Twitter.”

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Twitter will soon let you archive your tweets

Twitter is unveiling a new set of features that could help address cancel culture. As anyone who’s ever been cancelled can attest — it’s your old tweets that get you in trouble.

Twitter knows this, and with that in mind, part of their ongoing plans to reduce toxicity on the platform are through a new set of privacy-related features that provide users with much greater control over their follower lists and who can see their posts and likes.

The tools are related to what Twitter’s executives are calling “social privacy,” or how users manage their reputations on the platform.

According to Bloomberg, one of the features is said to be the option to archive old tweets so that other users can’t see them after a set period of time designated by the account holder — such as 30, 60, or 90 days, or even a whole year. Hiding past tweets, or at least making them inaccessible to most users, would free Twitter users from having to purge their tweets using paid services while also maintaining some degree of privacy for old, often embarrassing posts. The feature has not yet been given a schedule for release and is still conceptual at this point.

Another one of the features being considered is the ability to edit follower lists without blocking people. It’s currently only possible to force someone to unfollow you by blocking them manually and then unblocking them so they don’t know they’ve been removed. This feature will be enabled in September.

Twitter will also soon allow users to hide the tweets they’ve liked, by allowing them to set who — everyone, just their followers, or select groups – can see their activity. Twitter did not provide a release date for this feature.

Finally, Twitter will allow users to remove themselves from a public conversation on Twitter — which is currently only possible by muting the entire thread. This feature will be tested before the end of the year.

Bloomberg reports:

Part of Twitter’s motivation is that employees often see users do creative workarounds because these features don’t exist, like blocking and then unblocking someone to remove them as a follower. Lots of other users manually delete old tweets, or toggle back and forth between public and private accounts depending on what they’re posting.

Archiving tweets, in particular, could help alleviate fears for people who worry their old posts will come back to haunt them in some way down the road, such as while looking for a new job, applying for college or running for political office. Rival companies like Snap Inc. and Instagram have had success with disappearing Stories products — a signal that users are drawn to apps where their posts won’t exist forever. Twitter’s own Stories feature didn’t catch on with users, but a feature that does the same with tweets would likely be popular among users.

Twitter has long been open about its product road map, and often tests features that aren’t fully launched. But the company also talks a lot about ideas in concept, some of which fail to materialize, or take much longer than expected.

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Terrorist-Sympathizer Ilhan Omar Tweets Photo of 9/11 Attacks on Deadliest Day in a Decade for US Military

Un-American DISGRACE: Terrorist-Sympathizer Ilhan Omar Tweets Photo of 9/11 Attacks on Deadliest Day in a Decade for US Military

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Pelosi’s First Tweets After Marines Killed in Suicide Bombing – RedState

If there is a more despicable political hack on the planet than Nancy Pelosi — other than “you know who” — I am unaware of who it is.

As reports began to break on Thursday after explosions outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, left four U.S. Marines dead — that number stands at 12 dead, as I write; 11 Marines, one Navy medic, with the death toll likely to rise — the [insert the adjective of your choice] House Speaker fired off a series of tweets… reminding everyone it’s “Women’s Equity Day,” as reported by Fox News.

(Incidentally, Fox News announced at 3:55 p.m. ET — after more than six hours of crickets — that the hapless president of the United States was scheduled to finally address the nation at 5:00 p.m. ET. Make sure to hold your breath; he’s been five hours late at least once, this week.)

Did I mention that this partisan hack has no shame?

“Today, and every day, let us summon the suffragists’ spirit of hope and strive to lift up the voices of women across the nation – because we know this truth: when women succeed, America succeeds.”

You think this might also be a good day to summon the spirit and courage of dead Marines — four confirmed dead before you wrote these tweets — who tragically died needless deaths, Nancy?

Ah, but the “inequality.”

Despite progress, women across the nation still face barriers to full equality: from shameful pay disparities to the unfair economic impacts of the pandemic to the brazen assault on the right to vote. At this moment, Democrats are committed to Building Back Better with Women.

Do you think “at this moment” you might have mentioned the “brazen assault” on members of the US military, Madam Speaker? What about your “shameful” refusal to honor them?  You know, after you finished once again shilling for Biden’s disingenuous “Build Back Better” narrative?

And, of course, Pelosi couldn’t stop herself from playing the race card.

We also remember the many heroic women of color, too often unsung, who carried on the fight for decades more to overcome discrimination and injustice to win fair access to the ballot for every community.

Yeah, no. Today, patriotic Americans are remembering the heroic members of the US military who did not have to die — as in it didn’t have to be this way.

Our friend Benny Johnson was among those taking a well-aimed shot at Pelosi and her priorities.

Nancy Pelosi has tweeted 4 times today about “Women’s Equality Day.” Biden’s DoD is hosting a “Women’s Equality Day” 5K run right now. Meanwhile, this is a photo of women in Afghanistan today bruised and bloodied by a terror attack that Pelosi and Biden abandoned them to…

Yo — Nancy? Doesn’t appear that those women were celebrating, today, huh?

As the Columbia Bugle snarkily — beautifully so — tweeted:

Pelosi’s got her finger on the pulse of the American people!”

Nicely played, don’t you think, “Nanc”?

Even better, Italian Patriot’s tweet of Taliban fighters decked out in left-behind US gear carrying US weapons, and riding in a US military vehicle — sporting photoshopped Biden-Harris political propaganda — was perfect.

Oh, and as my colleague Brandon Morse reported (try to control your shock and amazement):

Pelosi and other House Democrats have decided now was a good time to close up shop, leaving President Joe Biden with the Afghanistan mess. According to Fox News, Pelosi and the Democrats stayed only so long as to work on domestic legislative agendas and then left. With the Senate also out, Biden and his advisors are the only Democrats around to deal with the crisis.

Additional recent RedState articles on Thursday’s horror that didn’t have to happen. None of it. It didn’t have to be this way.

Unreal: Biden Team Gave the Taliban a List of Americans and Afghan Allies

BREAKING: Vice President Harris Cancels Newsom Campaign Stop

MSNBC ‘Terrorism Expert’ Doubles Down After Terrible Afghanistan Hot Take Gets Shredded

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AP Exec Sends SNOTTY Letter to DeSantis About His Press Secretary on ‘Harassing’ Tweets

When she was named the new CEO of the Associated Press, Daisy Veerasingham claimed “The importance of AP as an unbiased, factual news source cannot be overstated – our journalism reaches more than half the world’s population every day.”

But the AP isn’t unbiased on Ron DeSantis. The latest “scoop” by reporter Brendan Farrington went so wrong that even PolitiFact threw a “Mostly False” flag at it…well, at the Democratic Underground spin on it.

The Farrington story was suggestively headlined “DeSantis top donor invests in COVID drug governor promotes.” Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, has $15.9 million in shares of Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc., according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated $10.75 million to a DeSantis-backing PAC. But it also admits this investment is a very tiny percentage of Citadel’s $39 billion in investments.

On Friday, Veerasingham wrote a Nasty-Gram to DeSantis complaining that his press secretary Christina Pushaw was endangering reporters with her tweets. It recapped her tweets ripping the story that used terms like “Drag Them” and “put you on blast,” with the AP executive characterizing them as a direct threat to Farrington. It’s got that Jim Acosta echo: any aggressive pushback allegedly encourages violence.

This woman really sounded like a pompous CNN commentator in this passage: “It is the type of behavior that the United States government routinely criticizes in other nations. It certainly has no place in a democracy that values robust and civil public discussion. This is not about one story, it is about harassing behavior from a public official that is unacceptable in any circumstance.”

Reel it in, Daisy! Notice how journalists claim they value “robust discussion,” and then insist that criticism of them cannot be tolerated! Criticizing reporters is like ruining democracy. Wrong. Criticizing reporters is part of democracy, especially when reporters try to damage candidates they don’t like.

Reporters shouldn’t get death threats, but Daisy should be told that national news outlets are saying DeSantis is running a “death cult” that kills children. Can she guess that might encourage violence against DeSantis? It sounds harsher than “put them on blast.”

Pushaw told Fox News the AP was trying to distract from its “hit piece,” which other Florida reporters dismissed as lame.

“No one from our office ever threatened him,” Pushaw said. “His story drew harsh criticism because it was false — and discouraged people from seeking life-saving treatment. Instead of owning up to that and retracting their hit piece, AP doubled down and tried to make the story about the backlash the reporter received.”

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Auburn student government votes down judicial nominee for socially conservative tweets

The Auburn University student government voted down a nominee for chief justice because of his conservative Christian views.

The rejection of Stephen Morris could make the Alabama public university a First Amendment litigation target like Florida State University (FSU), which paid nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit by Jack Denton, who was removed as student senate president for similar views.

Auburn is the second taxpayer-funded university in the Yellowhammer State whose student government took adverse action against a nominee or official this summer. 

The University of North Alabama (UNA) Student Government Association (SGA) promised to impeach president Jake Statom if he didn’t resign, for saying gays and lesbians must be “born again.” The impeachment hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26.

The Alabama House Republican Caucus issued a resolution against the impeachment, and the GOP’s State Executive Committee is considering a similar resolution at its upcoming meeting, Yellowhammer News reported.

Morris told Just the News his dispute is like that of Denton and FSU, but because he reapplied to be nominated, “I’m definitely going to let that process play out before I consider taking any legal action.” 

The Auburn SGA voted down all the judicial nominees “on my account” and is now “missing an entire branch of government,” he said. The president notified Morris Friday night that he had been nominated again and would face another confirmation hearing Sept. 7.

Several senators played down Morris’s qualifications for chief justice at his nomination hearing and pointed to the senior’s social media posts, according to the Auburn Plainsman

The honors pre-law political science student is also vice president of Auburn’s chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization that promotes “friendship and inclusion of all people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.” 

He was designated head counselor in Auburn’s Week of Service this year, which runs a service learning experience for about 100 incoming freshmen.

But Morris is also the founder and chairman of Auburn’s Young Americans for Freedom, the conservative student group, and an “ambassador” for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the public interest law firm that represented Denton in his successful lawsuit against FSU.

Morris said he had “some of their attorneys take a look” at his situation, but ADF told Just the News it wasn’t representing Morris in any capacity, just as it wasn’t involved in the Statom dispute at UNA. 

Morris’ tweets over the past year reflect his conservative activism, especially on race and sex. Black Lives Matter “terrorists” should be regarded as “inhumane animals” for celebrating the deaths of police officers, Morris said last fall. 

“Personal responsibility – not more government – is the key to escaping poverty in America,” he said this winter, citing a three-part aphorism from the liberal Brookings Institution.

On the first day of Women’s History Month, using the hashtag, Morris wrote: “Shoutout to all of the brave female athletes who are forced to com[p]ete against biological males. We see your courage, and we will never stop fighting to keep men out of women’s sports!”

Senators’ reasons for voting against Morris are undisputed because the full mid-July hearing where his nomination was debated, and where Morris defended himself, is public. 

Brandan Belser set the tone by calling Morris “unfit to serve” because of the “inhumane animals” tweet. Sydney Williams said “some of the things that one candidate has said” suggest that person would not be “unbiased” in any “controversial” matter before the student court. Both are black.

Just because a black faculty member nominated Morris for Auburn’s “Be the Creed” award doesn’t make that a qualification, said Molly Boudreaux. Serving on Best Buddies does not make him “effectively able to advocate for all marginalized populations,” one said.

During public comment the incoming president of the Black Student Union, Mya Strickland, worried how Morris would handle a hypothetical case about a transgender candidate for Miss Homecoming, according to The College Fix. A black student asked incredulously how Morris could be “chief justice and … think hate speech doesn’t exist,” referring to another Morris tweet.

Morris and a few senators warned that rejecting him based on viewpoint would set a “dangerous precedent” for the body. He accused critics of “injecting their partisan political beliefs into this process and essentially imposing a political litmus test on appointees.”

He told The College Fix the SGA ignored anti-discrimination provisions in its code as well as “Alabama State Law, the U.S. Constitution, and Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit precedent,” which is binding on Alabama federal courts.

Morris referred Just the News to a 1989 precedent in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that subjects public university student governments to “the same constitutional restrictions as the University itself,” in that case the University of Alabama. A federal judge also issued an injunction against FSU in the Denton case.

Auburn University didn’t respond to a query on whether it was investigating the vote for propriety under SGA or university rules or as a violation of Morris’s constitutional rights, or whether it would press the SGA to offer him a viewpoint-neutral vote. 

SGA Vice President Cole Callahan, the only official with a listed contact, didn’t respond to a query about potential legal ramifications from its vote.

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1984? Twitter Rolls Out Absurd New Feature to Report Tweets that ‘Seem Misleading’

Twitter is experimenting with an idea to manipulate willing users into acting as the platform’s censorship police in a new effort to crack down on online speech.

Twitter’s new and absurd feature is yet another way for the platform to crack down on content from users in the name of battling so-called misinformation. “We’re testing a feature for you to report Tweets that seem misleading – as you see them,” Twitter Safety announced Aug. 17. “Starting today, some people in the US, South Korea, and Australia will find the option to flag a Tweet as ‘It’s misleading’ after clicking on Report Tweet.” Twitter explained that it is “starting small” in order to “[assess] if this is an effective approach.” The platform did acknowledge, however, that “[w]e may not take action on and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work.”

When asked about how soon a similar Twitter policy will be unleashed on Europe, Twitter explained: “In this experimental stage, we plan to learn from a small, geographically diverse set of regions before scaling globally to other areas!”

Interestingly enough, Twitter’s post itself can be reported as “misleading.” And perhaps it should be reported as such. After all, Twitter doesn’t have much right to be the arbiter of what is or isn’t misinformation, considering its history of bias and selective enforcement in Q2 of 2021 alone.

Twitter announced a few weeks before on Aug. 2 that it was teaming up with liberal news and fact-checking sites The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters to censor content by adding so-called “reliable context” to trending news. “Twitter will be able to expand the scale and increase the speed of our efforts to provide timely, authoritative context across the wide range of global topics and conversations that happen on Twitter every day,” the company suggested.

The platform claimed the collaboration will contextualize stories and discussions that it anticipates could “potentially generate misleading information.” The platform further suggested the context provided will be useful “especially where facts are in dispute or when Twitter’s Curation team doesn’t have the specific expertise or access to a high enough volume of reputable reporting on Twitter.” Birdwatch, Twitter’s crowdsourced fact-checking mechanism, will also consult Reuters and AP when evaluating the noted context suggestions of Birdwatch participants.

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