Hillicon Valley — Musk nudges Trump to return to Twitter

Twitter CEO Elon Musk reinstated a number of high-profile banned accounts on the platform, together with Donald Trump’s. However the former president and 2024 White Home hopeful has but to return to the platform since he regained entry on Saturday.

In the meantime, we’ll dive into how Ticketmaster’s botched sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour put a highlight on antitrust considerations.

That is Hillicon Valley, detailing all it’s essential learn about tech and cyber information from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Ship tricks to The Hill’s Rebecca Klar and Ines Kagubare. Somebody ahead you this text? 

Musk reopens the door for Trump

Twitter CEO reversed the everlasting ban on former President Trump’s account Saturday, however the president has but to return to his as soon as favored platform.  

  • As an alternative, Trumps doubled down on his dedication to stay on his personal platform, Fact Social. At a digital look earlier than the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual management assembly, he mentioned he doesn’t see “any cause” to return to Twitter, and on Fact Social he informed his followers “don’t fear, we aren’t going wherever.”  
  • Even when Trump makes a Twitter return, although, he’s contractually obligated to submit on Fact Social six hours earlier than making the identical submit on one other platform, based on phrases revealed in a regulatory submitting in Might.  
  • Within the meantime, Musk has seemingly nudged the previous president, who’s working for the Oval Workplace once more in 2024, to return to by tweeting memes in regards to the pull of Twitter.  

Constructing backlash: As Musk awaits Trump’s potential return, he’s dealing with renewed backlash from civil rights and different advocacy teams over the choice to reinstate Trump’s account.  

Trump’s account was banned by Twitter after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol after the platform decided his posts posted the danger of additional inciting violence. 

Teams together with the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and FreePress slammed Musk over determination, particularly contemplating Musk informed them earlier this month that he would kind a council to make choices on whether or not to reinstate accounts.  

  • “So far as I can inform this new council doesn’t exist. It’s simply one of many many bad-faith guarantees Musk has made civil-rights leaders after which tossed apart,” Free Press co-CEO Jessica González mentioned in a press release.  
  • Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that Musk’s determination to reinstate Trump is “harmful and a deal with to American democracy.” 

Others make a Twitter comeback

Trump was amongst a bunch of high-profile accounts reinstated by Elon Musk. 

Amongst them, was the private account for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Greene had been banned in January over violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation coverage.

Utilizing her official congressional account, which was not banned by the platform, Greene urged her followers to go to her newly reinstated “unfiltered” private account. 

Ye, the rapper previously referred to as Kanye West, additionally had his account reinstated reversing the suspension made after he posted antisemitic feedback.  

“Don’t kill what ye hate Save what ye love,” Musk tweeted in response to the rapper’s first return tweet.  


Former Disney CEO Bob Iger is returning to go the leisure big, changing his successor Bob Chapek.

  • The shock information comes days after Disney’s inventory hit a 52-week low, falling 41 % up to now this 12 months.
  • In a press launch Sunday, Disney introduced Chapek was stepping down and Iger will serve two extra years as the corporate’s prime govt.

“We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his lengthy profession, together with navigating the corporate by the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” Susan Arnold, the corporate’s board chair, mentioned in a press release.

Learn extra right here.


Michael Bass, a prime programming govt at CNN, is leaving the outlet, CEO Chris Licht confirmed on Monday.

  • “All through his practically decade-long run at this group, Michael has demonstrated unimaginable management and perseverance,” Licht mentioned in a memo despatched to staff of the community. “He has been a gentle hand throughout a number of the most turbulent instances this community has confronted.”
  • Licht mentioned Bass, who served as CNN’s govt vp of programming, made the choice to go away and {that a} seek for his substitute is underway.

The chief’s introduced departure follows a slew of main personnel and programming modifications Licht has overseen at CNN since taking on as president earlier this 12 months underneath the newly shaped media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery.

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Taylor Swift followers have unhealthy blood with Ticketmaster after the platform canceled the overall sale for the pop star’s upcoming tour following a chaotic presale this week, bringing new gentle to a difficulty that supporters of antitrust reform already knew all too properly.  

Critics have been warning in opposition to the corporate’s dominance since merging with Reside Nation in 2010, and the most recent fiasco with Swift’s upcoming tour, which sparked outrage amongst her huge fan base, gave ammunition to lawmakers attempting to revamp antitrust legal guidelines to pile on the strain.  

The constructing momentum from Swift’s followers comes because the Biden administration has pledged to take a troublesome stance on competitors. The New York Instances reported Friday that Ticketmaster is dealing with a Division of Justice (DOJ) investigation over whether or not it has abused its market energy. 

  • The probe reportedly predates the sale of Swift’s “The Eras” tour, however the high-profile nature of the tour thrust the difficulty into the highlight.  
  • “The big curiosity on this performer and on this episode, regarding the availability of tickets to see her carry out, is an enormous instance of what we see so usually in American public life — that coverage change, motion, usually is catalyzed by a single occasion,” mentioned William Kovacic, a former Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) chairman and a George Washington College regulation professor. 

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Twitter’s head of France, Damien Viel, introduced his resignation from the social media platform in a tweet saying it was “over.” 

“It’s over. Pleasure, honor, and mission achieved. Goodbye #twitterfrance. What an journey! What a workforce! What encounters! Thanks to all for these 7 wonderful and intense years,” Viel, the pinnacle of the corporate’s operations within the nation, tweeted on Sunday. 

In accordance with Reuters, Viel confirmed that he was certainly leaving Twitter however didn’t clarify why. 

Viel is the most recent senior govt to resign from Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media platform in late October. 

Learn extra right here. 


An op-ed to chew on: Crypto wants much less regulation, no more 

Notable hyperlinks from across the internet: 

Inside a Crypto Nemesis’ Marketing campaign to Rein Within the Trade (The New York Instances / David Yaffe-Bellany) 

Biden Lays Path to Cyber Rules for Essential Infrastructure (Bloomberg Regulation / Skye Witley) 

Bob Iger’s Disney problem: Resolve the issue he helped create (Vox / Peter Kafka) 

🐘 Lighter click on: Pardon the adorable interruption 

Another factor: CBS returns to Twitter

CBS Information introduced on Sunday it should resume its Twitter exercise after halting it for a part of the weekend to evaluate “uncertainty” underneath new CEO Elon Musk. 

“After pausing for a lot of the weekend to evaluate the safety considerations, CBS Information and Stations is resuming its exercise on Twitter as we proceed to observe the scenario,” the community wrote on the platform. 

The community’s numerous accounts stopped posting tweets late on Friday, hours after Musk’s deadline for workers to both decide to a “hardcore” work atmosphere or settle for severance and depart the corporate. 

The ultimatum led an estimated 1,200 staff to depart on Thursday, based on The New York Instances, which got here after Musk laid off about half of Twitter’s workforce, which included roughly 7,500 staff when he formally took over the corporate. 

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