Daily Brief: Twitter Restricts Trump’s Threat to Minneapolis Looters

Also COVID-19 triggers a mental health crisis, layoffs hit CBS News, and more

» Hours after he signed an executive order regarding social media “fairness,” Donald Trump ran afoul of Twitter’s community standards, tweeting about “thugs” in Minneapolis and threatening that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a throwback to language used in 1967 by a Miami police chief cracking down on “slum hoodlums.” According to Twitter, Trump’s tweet was restricted “based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today.” Trump was already up in arms about Twitter’s efforts to fact-check his misleading statements about voter fraud. [New York Times]

» Facebook won’t be following Twitter’s lead in offering independent fact-checking of political speech. Mark Zuckerberg just doesn’t feel like that’s his job. [NBC News]

» Paradise Falls in northwestern Thousand Oaks has been closed after huge crowds descended, filling the delicate environment with trash and human waste. Park managers noted that since they reopened mid-May, visitors have “behaved differently.” [Los Angeles Times]

» The union representing meatpacking workers is calling for the closure of the Farmer John plant in Vernon. The facility, known for producing the official ‘Dodger Dog,’ has seen at least 153 employees test positive for COVID-19. [Reuters]

» The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering a mental health crisis in the U.S. Experts warn that mental health facilities are unprepared for a historic spike in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicides. [The Washington Post]

» CBS News has been hit with layoffs, cutting an estimated 50 staffers. While execs pinned these cuts on pandemic, the merger of CBS and Viacom resulted in around 450 layoffs since January. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Sporting events won’t have crowds in the stands any time soon, but that doesn’t mean fans can’t cheer their teams on. A new app developed in Japan could allow for “remote cheering” at empty games.  [The Guardian]


» Evidence Mounts that There Will Be No Coachella 2020 Sources say that artists from the lineup are being asked to play in 2021 instead

» Guidelines Offer a Glimpse at What L.A. Restaurants May Look Like When Dine-In Service Returns Expect limited hours, frequent deep cleaning, and physical distancing

» ‘It’s What Keeps Me in Business’: WeHo Gay Bars Brace for a Year without Pride Crowds Already hurting, the people who make L.A.’s queer nightlife scene run will miss out on their biggest weekend of the year as the celebration goes virtual


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