“I’ve been thinking a lot about Twitter.
We’re all going to be tweeting less and less as we move toward the end of this year.
And I’ve been watching Twitter for the last few weeks.
I’ve seen the trend.”
– Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, October 11, 2020 “I think it’s not going to get better.
The truth is, it’s a pretty good deal for Twitter, for Twitter’s shareholders.
It’s not worth it.”
– Donald Trump, speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. “Twitter is a business.
The company makes money on advertising.
Twitter makes money because it can make more money if it’s able to attract a larger audience.
That’s not how you run a company.”
– Kellyanne Conway, interview on MSNBC, February 13, 2021″I think that it’s more important to see this for what it is, a medium that is used for a lot of different things.
The Twitter service is a media platform.
And it’s about being able to tell a story, be it political or not political, that’s not necessarily connected to anything the platform does.
So I think that we’re going to see a lot more of that.”
– Mike Pence, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, March 15, 2021 “I have said time and time again, if you want a platform that’s going to allow people to tell their stories, you have to have a platform where people can tell their story.
And we’re seeing that, as the platforms become more diverse, the ability to tell stories becomes even more important.
So Twitter is a great platform to have in place for that, because people are looking for platforms that are focused on telling stories, not just politics.”
– Jim Mattis, statement on Twitter, March 22, 2021 (referring to the social media platform’s acquisition of News Corp.)
“If we’re able to grow as a platform, that means we can expand to other parts of the world, and that’s a great thing.
And if we do that, it means that more people have access to news that they might not have otherwise.
We can create an open platform for the dissemination of information and for the expression of ideas.”
– James Comey, testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, May 1, 2021 (“I don’t want to get into too much detail about how we might use this technology to protect the public, but I want to make clear that I believe that we have the capability to use this information in a way that is consistent with the public interest.
I am not going into specifics on how we’re doing that.
I don’t know what’s in the plan.”)
(emphasis added) “I’m not going out of my way to talk about the future.
I think it is important to make it clear that there is a very strong and legitimate debate going on right now about the use of this technology and the use by law enforcement and the public of it, and I do not think we should be using it as a means of political retribution.
I do think we have a legitimate concern about it.
I believe we need to be able to do that.
We should be able — and I think this is something that is being debated right now — to look at it and say, how are we going to use it responsibly?
And I think we need a debate on that, and the American people deserve to have that debate.”
– General Michael Flynn, testimony, before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, May 8, 2021 The New York Times reports that General Flynn’s resignation from the Trump administration is “in the works.”
The resignation is expected to come as early as Tuesday, March 24.
The Times reported that the FBI, CIA, NSA, National Security Agency, the State Department, and other agencies are “actively investigating” Flynn and the campaign.
The FBI is looking into whether Flynn misled the Trump transition team about the nature of his contacts with Russia and whether there was collusion between the campaign and Russia.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, which is conducting its own investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russian ties, is also investigating Flynn’s contacts with Moscow.
The White House says Flynn resigned because he had become too involved in the Russia probe.
The FBI and the State and Justice Departments are also investigating whether there were any contacts between Flynn and Russians during the campaign or after he was fired.