News roundup: Twitter v Trump continues, Apple goes in-house for Mac chips, and the EU charges Amazon

A roundup of this week’s tech news, including Trump’s continued Twitter beef, a brand new Arm-powered series of Macs, and Tesla’s foray into tequila.


Twitter’s Trump fact-checking continues

Well what a crazy couple of weeks it has been in US politics. While things were fairly up in the air towards the end of last week, we have since crowned a winner of the 2020 presidential election in Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Of course, not everyone agrees on that point, as Donald Trump continues to claim that he won key states, and that Biden's win was only due to unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

As we covered last week, Trump took to Twitter to vent these frustrations and make such allegations, and Twitter continued to moderate him. The social media giant placed labels on a substantial number of the President’s tweets and retweets, flagging disputed claims and even providing alternative information. Indeed, Trump’s twitter feed in now filled with dozens of labels that challenge and doubt his claims of fraud, of which his administration has yet to provide substantial evidence for.

Overall, Twitter says it labelled 300,000 tweets around the election for content considered to be potentially misleading. This has sparked a debate around the role of Twitter (and all other social media tech giants) in regards to content moderation, particularly when it comes to politics, with many conservative voices arguing against such intervention and making claims of left-wing bias on social platforms. Adding further fuel to this fire was Twitter’s suspension of Steve Bannon late last week, who called for violence against the Dr Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Many conservatives are evidently so peeved with Twitter they are flocking to a ring-wing friendly alternative. Reports surfaced this week that Parler, a so-called “free-speech” social network, almost doubled its active user count this week, growing from 4.5 million to more than 8 million. To be honest, it seems like dodgy territory considering how prolific fake news and baseless conspiracy theories are becoming on the web, but that’s just me.

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