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Here’s why Trump has threatened to shut down social media

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Donald Trump has threatened to close down social media platforms that do not support his agenda, a day after Twitter posted a fact-checking notice on one of his tweets.

Social media firms suppressed conservative points of view, the president claimed – without any evidence – before saying his administration would “strongly regulate [the companies] or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen.”

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Mr Trump advised the companies to “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

It is unclear whether the president’s professed goal would be compatible with the first amendment to the US constitution.

On Wednesday, he tweeted:

“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.

“Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

Twitter’s fact-checking notice was posted on a previous Trump tweet that claimed mail-in ballots could allow widespread voter fraud. It immediately led to a presidential eruption accusing the platform of “completely stifling FREE SPEECH”

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Court declines Okorocha’s request to stop EFCC, Imo panel probe

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Senator Rochas Okorocha’s request for an order to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the state probe panel from investigating him on alleged financial infractions, has been struck out by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.

Okorocha had requested for a court order ending or suspending EFCC’s investigation against him, including all the petitions submitted to it by the Imo government until the panel on contract set up by the same state government had concluded its probe on his government between 2011 and 2019.

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While counsel to the former Imo State governor, Oba Maduabuchi (SAN) informed the court that the defence counsel asked for an adjournment to respond to processes served on them and also asked the court to stop those involved in the suit from going ahead with the probe pending the determination of the matter, the counsel to 2nd to 48th defendants, J.M. Madu quickly interjected that the probe panel had not commenced sitting.

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Madu also promised to inform the Attorney-General of Imo about the development.

The request was however rejected by Justice Ahmed Mohammed who held that it would be of no use to grant a restraining order since Madu had undertaken to tell the parties not to go ahead with the probe pending when the matter would be determined.

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He added that since the EFCC was not represented in court, it would be unfair to grant the request in the interest of justice.

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Mexico’s fugitive ex-governor, Cesar Duarte, arrested in United States

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Fugitive ex-governor of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, was arrested in Miami on Wednesday, July 8.

The Governor who fled in 2017 after he was accused of embezzling public funds, now faces extradition to Mexico where he faces corruption charges for allegedly diverting about $52 million in public funds.

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Asides being accused of stealing hundreds of cows imported by the state to help small-scale Mexican ranchers replace their herds after a devastating drought, he is also accused of living a lavish lifestyle and using an official helicopter to fly friends and family to his ranch on weekends.

His arrest came after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador paid an official visit to the US for talks with President Trump.

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Duarte who is expected to appear at a federal court hearing in Miami in the next 72 hours to be informed of the charges against him in Mexico, faces at least eight state and federal charges.

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GanDollar: Videos of Gov Ganduje collecting bribe plays repeatedly on billboards in Edo

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The Governor of Kano state and Chairman, National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Edo State Gubernatorial election, Abdullahi Ganduje has become a laughing stock on social media after videos of him allegedly collecting bribe played endlessly on billboards in Edo state.

Recall that in 2018, Ganduje was enmeshed in a bribery controversy after he was allegedly caught on tape collecting millions of dollars in bribes from contractors in the state.

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As a sitting governor who enjoys constitutional immunity, Ganduje has not been probed by any anti-corruption agency.

He claimed that the videos were doctored.

But as the race for the September 19 election heats up, the videos played endlessly on Edo’s biggest roundabout, Ring Road in Benin City, on Wednesday, drawing reactions online.

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