Twitter says it will uphold its ban on Donald Trump, even if he were to run for public office again.
According to NBC News, Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal told CNBC, “When you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform.”
Segal continued, “Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” the CFO said. “He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.”
Segal also dispelled the notion that many users left the social media platform after Trump was banned.
“We added 40 million people to our DAU [daily active user count] last year, and 5 million last quarter,” Segal said. “In January, we added more DAU than the average of the last four Januarys, so hopefully that gives people a sense for the momentum we’ve got from all the hard work we’ve done on the service.”
Twitter was the first social media platform to take permanent action to ban Trump on January 8th, after the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Two girls who jokingly told people they were sisters after they had met while working together at a New Haven, Connecticut restaurant found out years later they are actually biological sisters.
According to CNN, Cassandra Madison, 32, and Julia Tinetti, 31, worked together at The Russian Lady in 2013 and found they had a lot in common. Both women were adopted from the Dominican Republic as babies and favored in appearances so much so customers and coworkers would mix them up.
They also discovered they had Dominican flag tattoos, which made them start talking, and they soon became fast friends, the news outlet reported.
“We hit it off right away. There was no trying to force a friendship or anything,” Madison told CNN. “Our personalities are very similar, so it was very easy for us to just start hanging out.”
“We had an event that we went to that we dressed alike — our socks matched, our sneakers matched, our sunglasses matched our shorts were black — she made us tank tops that said that she was the big sister and I was the little sister,” Tinetti said. “We kind of just went with it like as a joke. It was not serious at all.”
The women looked into their adoption paperwork to see if they were biologically connected, but the forms said they had different mothers.
“So we said, ‘OK, never mind, forget it, then we’re not,’ and we just moved on with our lives,” Madison said. “But we still played into us being sisters even though we knew that we weren’t. Well, we thought we weren’t.”
In 2015, Madison moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia but the two kept in touch. She was always intrigued to know about her biological parents, and in 2018 her adoptive mother gave her DNA test for Christmas.
She eventually met her dad and other family members but learned her mother had died that same year. There were seven other kids in her family.
When Madison and Tinetti reconnected in 2020, they realized that something wasn’t right about their paperwork. Tinetti and her best friend Molly, who was also adopted from the DR, had stayed in touch over the years. They learned that Molly’s adoption papers said that she and Madison had the same mothers, but a DNA test confirmed they were distant cousins.
When Madison talked to her father, he informed her that they had given up another daughter for adoption.
“And I’m like, ‘Why would you not tell me this?’ And he’s just like ‘I’m sorry. It was just a very difficult time in our lives, and your mom and I, we don’t like to talk about it,’” Madison said.
That is when she went to Virginia to have Tinetti take a DNA test, which she quickly agreed to take despite having no interest in learning about her biological roots.
“I had a great family growing up, I got a good education, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in my life,” Tinetti said. “I was happy with the life that I had. I didn’t feel the need to do it.”
The results came in in late January, revealing they were indeed sisters.
“I was like, ‘This is it,’ and I waited for probably like 10 minutes before I even opened it because I was trying to prepare myself for what was going to be there,” Tinetti said.
Tinetti has since had video chats with her biological father and her siblings and hopes to go to the Dominican Republic to meet them in person.
“It was like seeing myself in these people,” she said. “It’s like, ‘OK, well, now I know where I come from,’ you know what I mean? It has always been a mystery for me.”
Cardi B deleted her Twitter page again after fans rejected her plans to release a line of dolls rather than a new album.
Cardi previously deleted her Twitter page in October, after teenage trolls criticized her for taking her cheating husband, Offset, back.
Her Twitter page isn’t actually deleted — it is only hidden. But Twitter will deleted her page permanently if she doesn’t reactivate it within 30 days.
On Friday, the Bronx rapper expressed disappointment that fans rejected her plans to expand her business empire like Jay Z.
In a livestream video on Instagram stories, Cardi complained that music videos take a month to produce, while a new album takes even longer.
Cardi wants to get to the cash flow NOW by dropping dolls “that look like me,” and she doesn’t get why her fans won’t let her be great.
She explained that music doesn’t pay the bills — particularly since streaming sales of new music online are at historic lows.
The 28-year-old rapper deleted her Twitter page then complained that her fans are “harassing” her for a new album.
“People don’t get rich, like — look at Jay Z — people don’t just get rich off music,” she said. “I gotta venture off to do something, to do other business ventures. It’s f—ing wack every time I do a business venture, you got people harassing me for a album.”
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
Ungrateful rappers like Cardi fail to recognize that fans are fickle. They will dump her like yesterday’s leftovers and move on to a new artist.
A Brooklyn man suspected of being a serial killer has been indicted for the slayings of elderly women who lived in the same apartment complex.
Kevin Gavin has been charged with first and second-degree murder for three slayings between 2015 and 2021. According to authorities, all the deaths occurred in the New York City Housing Authority’s Carter G. Woodson houses, where the women resided, in Brooklyn.
The first victim was 82-year-old Myrtle McKinney, who was stabbed in the neck with a steak knife on November 8th, 2015. The second was Jacolia James. The 83-year-old was strangled to death on April 30th, 2019. Gavin’s final victim was 78-year-old Juanita Caballero. She was strangled with a phone cord on January 14th of this year. Her death was ultimately the one that helped police stop the demented killer. Gavin was spotted on video surveillance using Caballero’s stolen debit and benefit cards before his capture on January 21st. It is unclear if he purposely targeted elderly women or if their ages were a coincidence.
Gavin, who is facing a life sentence, was ordered held without bond on Tuesday. His next court date is July 6th.
In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that Gavin was an “alleged serial killer who murdered three of his elderly neighbors who trusted him and welcomed him into their homes only to have that trust violated in the worst way imaginable.”