Twitter this week suspended InfoWars host Alex Jones for seven days for what it said were violations of its policies, following Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify’s simultaneous banning last week. It is not clear what prompted those platforms to suddenly take collective action, but it came about one week after Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, led a charge threatening new regulation of social media companies who cannot stop “bad actors” from using their platforms.Two weeks ago, on July 30, a white paper authored by Warner’s staff was leaked to Axios, which blamed major social media firms for allowing Russians to interfere with the 2016 elections and outlined 20 proposals for regulating social media firms. “Government has failed to adapt and has been incapable or unwilling to adequately address the impacts of these trends on privacy, competition, and public discourse. Armed with this knowledge, it is … [Read more...] about TIMELINE: Virginia Democrat Mark Warner Surprise Force Behind Masters of the Universe Crackdown on Speech
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THE TICKER President Trump waves as he leaves a roundtable discussion on tax policy at a Boeing plant in St. Louis last month. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Tuesday should have been a banner day for Boeing’s stock. The White House announced that it is sending four top economic hands, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to China next week in the hopes of negotiating a resolution to the escalating trade conflict that has rattled shares of the aerospace giant. And the administration named an acting head of the Export-Import Bank — the lending facility derided by conservative critics as the “Bank of Boeing” — that has been hobbled by vacancies since 2015. But the company’s shares slid nearly 4 percent amid a broader bloodbath for industrial stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled for the fifth consecutive day, its longest losing streak in more than a year, falling 600 points at one point before recovering slightly to … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Boeing’s stock was the best bellwether of a trade war. Until yesterday.