Daily Collegian: Trump’s lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed. “President Donald Trump can block his critics from following him on Twitter without violating the First Amendment despite a lawsuit’s claims that it violates the Constitution to do so, government lawyers say. Trial attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington submitted papers late Friday to a New York federal judge, saying a lawsuit challenging Trump over the issue should be thrown out.”
Keith Ellison (Minnesota): Rep. Ellison Letter to the Federal Trade Commission On Google Investigation. “We write to request the Federal Trade Commission make public the reports by the Bureau of Competition and the Bureau of Economics documenting the complete findings and analysis in the Google antitrust investigation that concluded in 2013.”
Washington Post: How Russian content ended up on Pinterest. “Image-bookmarking site Pinterest is known as a place where people go to get ideas about home décor, fashion, and recipes. Few would associate it with politics – let alone Russian trolls. But in the run-up to the 2016 election, the site became a repository for thousands of political posts created by Russian operatives seeking to shape public opinion and foment discord in U.S. society, the company acknowledged Wednesday.”
New York Times: Lawmakers Say They Plan to Release Facebook Ads Linked to Russia. “Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that they planned to make public the thousands of Facebook ads linked to Russia that appeared during the 2016 presidential election campaign, the first indication that the ads would be released.”
ABC News (Australia): Denmark divided by social media war ahead of local government elections. “A social media war of words over Denmark’s local council elections is being called toxic, vitriolic, insulting and divisive, prompting the town’s Shire president to call for calm in the lead up to the ballot later this month. Supporters and detractors of the twelve candidates running for seats on the South Coast town’s council have bombarded local community Facebook sites, defending and attacking the candidates.” This is Denmark, Australia, not Denmark Denmark.
BetaNews: Twitter not only changes its mind about ‘inflammatory’ ad, it’s going to change its policies too . “Twitter was accused of censorship after banning an ‘inflammatory’ ad campaign by Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. But just one day after implementing the ban, the company has backed down, saying the video — which sees Blackburn talking about fighting to stop ‘the sale of baby body parts’ — can be promoted on Twitter.”
NationBuilder: NationBuilder, RunForOffice.org, and BallotReady create the first public database of school board positions for all 50 states. “Nine months ago, NationBuilder and RunForOffice.org embarked on a uniquely ambitious project: to map all the electable positions in school districts in the US with the help of dedicated volunteers. Since then, a total of 275 people have contributed at least 3,491 total hours of work to research 13,090 districts, resulting in 81,361 school board positions available for public search.”