The man behind ‘Can you pet the dog?’ would love to write a book, but he’d settle for just being able to pay rent

"Fallout 4"
In “Fallout 4,” you can pet the dog.

  • With over half a million Twitter followers, “Can you pet the dog?” is wildly popular.
  • The account provides a specific service: Telling followers whether or not you can pet a dog in a given video game.
  • It’s thanks to one man, working for free, that the account has become such a smash hit.
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Every week, with few exceptions, Tristan Cooper spends anywhere from a few hours to over a dozen hours telling over 500,000 people whether or not they can pet the dog in various video games like, say, “Lost Judgement” (you can).

If a video game has a dog or a cat or even a fox, chances are that Tristan’s “Can you pet the dog?” account has looked into whether or not it can be pet.

Despite runaway success, Cooper isn’t making a sustainable income from “Can you pet the dog?” even though the account is being used as a marketing bullet point for some major games with major marketing budgets.

“As of now I have not made any money on the account,” Cooper told Insider in a phone interview earlier this month. “I spend a lot of time on it and you could maybe argue that it’s helping other people get a spotlight on their games and I’m glad to do that,” he said. “But there hasn’t been a real return for me on that.”

Because of the rise of Cooper’s account over two-plus years, the answer tends to be yes, you can pet the dog.

Though he denies it, “Can you pet the dog?” has had a major impact on the video game business. Mainstream video game franchises like “Marvel’s Avengers” and “Call of Duty” have added animal petting, to say nothing of the dozens of smaller indie games that have done the same.

If there’s a cute animal in a game, chances are that players want to pet it – as highlighted by Cooper’s account:

“I would like to avoid overstating any kind of like impact that the account had,” he said. “I started it because people could pet dogs in games to begin with.”

That’s true, and he specifically cited Ubisoft’s “Far Cry: New Dawn” as part of the inspiration behind the account – a game you not only can pet the dog in, but are specifically directed to on a side mission. Other major games, including “Fallout 4” and “The Last of Us,” have featured dogs alongside the main character that were pettable.

But for every example of major games with dogs that could be pet, there are dozens of digital doggos that were unpettable.

As the account’s popularity has increased, the concept has been used as a marketing bulletpoint for everything from small indie titles to major mainstream games.

Cooper isn’t upset about this, but he would like to be able to pay his rent – and maybe turn the account into a coffee table book featuring the stories behind the digital animals we love to pet.

“A nice coffee table book of dogs in video games that you can pet…some interviews. There’s a lot of great stories, behind a lot of the dogs in games,” Cooper said. “They’re based on real dogs. They’re based on dogs that have passed away, and are immortalized in games.”

Most of all, he just wants people to keep enjoying his account even though it’s occasionally used as part of a marketing plan. “I know it is a marketing bulletpoint these days,” he said, “but that’s not to say people aren’t enjoying this.”

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‘Sports Illustrated’ model sues Twitter for $10 million, accusing its algorithm of contributing to copyright infringement

Model Genevieve Morton in a yellow dress in front of a green wall
Genevieve Morton at a Vanity Fair Oscars event.

  • “Sports Illustrated” model Genevieve Morton has sued Twitter over unauthorized photo use.
  • Morton accused the tech company of contributing to copyright infringement.
  • The lawsuit was one of two that Morton has filed against the tech giant.
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A “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit model alleged that Twitter’s algorithm contributed to copyright infringement by cropping photos of her that were posted by other users. This created unauthorized derivative works, she said.

Earlier this month, Genevieve Morton sued Twitter in federal court, alleging in part that the company had been slow to remove her copyrighted material, which was posted by unauthorized accounts.

Morton sought at least $10 million in damages. It’s “frustrating” trying to control your own image, Morton told Insider.

Morton said: “Technology companies and social media platforms should be on the side of the artists and content creators because that’s what makes these sites interesting and valuable.

She added: “When I learned Twitter had developed artificially intelligent cropping tools using male engineers who impose their own biases, enough was enough.”

The lawsuit, filed on September 3, listed both Twitter and TweetDeck as defendants. It also listed Magic Pony Technology, a photo-algorithm company acquired by Twitter in 2016, as a defendant.

Morton’s lawyer, Jennifer Holliday, declined to discuss the lawsuit in detail, saying only that it appeared to be the first time Twitter had been sued over the algorithm. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

In her complaint, Morton, whose Twitter account @genevievemorton had more than 80,000 followers, said another un-associated account, @city_tits, had posted two of her copyrighted photos without permission.

The lawsuit listed the owners of that handle as defendants, though they weren’t identified by name. The account has since been suspended for violating Twitter’s rules.

Morton filed take-down requests for both photos. One removal took about three months, the other about five weeks, the lawsuit said.

While the @city_tits posts were live, they got a total of 67 likes, the complaint said. Morton sought at least $150,000 in damages for each of those likes, totalling more than $10 million, the filing said.

But Morton’s lawsuit said the actual damages could be higher. Because Twitter doesn’t display how many times a post was viewed, it was unclear how many Twitter users saw the photos in question while they were live, the lawsuit said.

If there were more than 67 instances of infringement, the total damages request would probably be higher.

Three Sports Illustrated swimsuit models at an NBA game Genevieve Morton, Catrinel Menghia, and Kate Upton
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models (from left) Genevieve Morton, Catrinel Menghia, and Kate Upton.

Morton sued Twitter last year for a similar instance, alleging that @SpyIRL had posted some of her copyrighted material.

Twitter filed a motion to dismiss most of the claims, which the court granted under Section 230, said Eric Goldman, associate dean at Santa Clara University School of Law, in a blog post. That case is ongoing.

In Morton’s new lawsuit, she added a charge against Twitter over its algorithm.

Her complaint accused the company of using the “saliency algorithm to crop and alter the infringed images without Ms. Morton’s authorization cropped Ms. Morton’s infringed images, creating an unauthorized derivative work.”

For Morton’s lawsuit to succeed, she’d have to establish that Twitter “clearly fostered inducement, which is something that most social media platforms do not do,” Peter Lee, a law professor at UC Davis School of Law, said via email.

Lee added: “The twist here, however, has to do with the allegation that Twitter’s algorithm deliberately altered Ms. Morton’s images. If Twitter did this to allow such images to elude automated searches for infringing material and to induce infringement, then it’s possible that Twitter could face liability for infringement.”

Between July and December 2020, Twitter received about 170,000 takedown notices for copyrighted material, according to the company’s Transparency Center.

About 60% of requests during that period resulted in material being removed from the platform, up about five percentage points from the previous six months, the company said.

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Donald Trump Jr. mocked men he alleged were undercover law enforcement officers who attended the failed ‘Justice for J6’ rally

Donald Trump Jr., son of former president Donald Trump.
Donald Trump Jr., son of former president Donald Trump.

  • On Saturday, a right-wing rally in support of Capitol rioters drew a meager crowd.
  • Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to mock law enforcement officials whose disguises were apparently unconvincingly.
  • Law enforcement officials on the scene reportedly outnumbered the protesters.
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Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an image of a group of men attending the rally, dressed in shorts and sunglasses, and suggested they were undercover feds.

The “Justice for J6” rally, organized in support of more than 600 people arrested in relation to the Capitol riot, was sparsely attended but had a significant media and police presence.

In a series of tweets, Donald Trump Jr. mocked what he claimed to be undercover law enforcement officials.

“Apparently they stopped teaching trade-craft and replaced it with CRT and White Rage Studies at Quantico,” Trump Jr. said about the men in a tweet.

“They almost fooled the 2 non-feds in attendance,” he said in another tweet.

It’s unclear whether the men were law enforcement officials or not.

Trump Jr. also retweeted a series of images purporting to show a Capitol police officer accidentally unmasking an undercover officer by finding his badge.

“What an absolute joke. It’s a shame at the hard-working men and women of law-enforcement, the actual door kickers, are being led by such clowns and forced into these bullshit situations to entrap Americans,” he wrote.

It’s unclear whether the man in question was a police officer and whether he was attending the rally in a professional capacity.

Trump Jr. shared another tweet about the incident and wrote, “If only Biden spent as much time being tough on the Taliban as he did trying to set up and entrap Americans utilizing federal law-enforcement.”

Although the rally was expected to draw large crowds, turnout was low.

The Associated Press reported that law enforcement on the scene easily outnumbered the protesters.

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Nicki Minaj’s vaccine tweets were the latest test of social media’s imperfect system for stopping misinformation’s spread

Nicki Minaj
Twitter has not deleted or added a warning label to Nicki Minaj’s tweet containing unverified information about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Twitter has not deleted or added a warning to Nicki Minaj’s tweet containing COVID misinformation.
  • Twitter said Minaj’s tweet will stay up because the rapper shared a personal anecdote.
  • When celebrities post misinformation, the result can be “incredibly damaging” to public health, one expert said.
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Twitter’s response to Nicki Minaj’s bizarre post claiming that a COVID-19 vaccine caused her cousin’s friend’s testicles to swell shows how the platform uses patchwork policies in curbing misinformation.

The rap superstar said in several tweets this week that she has not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, in part because she wants to do more research after hearing a story from her cousin.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” Minaj wrote to her 22.7 million Twitter followers. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”

No clinical studies of any COVID-19 vaccines being administered have linked the shot to impotence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not found any vaccine, including the one for COVID-19, to lead to fertility problems, and encourages pregnant people or those who may become pregnant to get a shot.

Though Minaj said on Instagram she was put in “Twitter jail” and unable to post, Twitter denied locking her account. The company also told Insider’s Isobel Hamilton Minaj’s tweet will stay up because she shared a personal anecdote. Content that states COVID-19 misinformation as a fact may violate Twitter’s policy, Twitter said.

Minaj’s tweet appears to have led to her fanbase to target public health officials: A small group of Minaj’s followers, who call themselves “Barbz,” protested outside the CDC’s Atlanta office. Chief Medical Advisor to the president Anthony Fauci even got involved, denying Minaj’s claim that the vaccine could lead to impotence.

Dr. Joe Smyser, PhD, MSPH, Chief Executive Officer of The Public Good Projects, told Insider when celebrities like Minaj post misinformation, the result can be “incredibly damaging” to public health. Smyser said followers of a celebrity trust them, and view them as an authentic source for information.

“So when health authorities are put in the position of having to refute misinformation from a celebrity, and they definitely have to do this, it’s a lose-lose for everybody,” Smyser said.

That’s reflected in the statement made by Terrence Deyalsingh, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of health, following Minaj’s tweets.

“What is sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track it down, because we take all of these claims seriously,” Deyalsingh said. “As we stand now there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse effect of testicular swelling in Trinidad … and none that we know of anywhere else in the world.”

Twitter has released numerous initiatives and tools to combat the spread of false information, but a 2020 report from Oxford University found nearly 60% of coronavirus-related misinformation on Twitter remained without a warning label.

The White House has recently pointed to online misinformation as a roadblock to getting more Americans vaccinated.

Though she expressed her hesitation about getting a vaccine herself, Minaj tweeted previously she recommends people get one for work and that she will likely get a jab herself once she goes on tour.

In the past, Twitter has put warning labels on posts containing misinformation from prominent accounts.

The company labeled multiple posts from former President Donald Trump before permanently suspending his account. Twitter allows accounts those in government or running for office, to violate its Civic Integrity Policy due to public interest.

But early in the pandemic, Twitter faced criticism when it added coronavirus misinformation warnings to tweets unrelated to the virus but that used terms like “5G” – the basis of a popular conspiracy theory at COVID’s onset – or “oxygen.”

Misinformation expert John Cook previously told Insider Twitter should be careful in using warnings under tweets or users could become cynical and inattentive when seeing them.

“We need these kind of warnings to be more surgical,” Cook told Insider. “We want to bring down the misinformation, but not hurt accurate information.”

Twitter was not available for additional comment.

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MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid slams Nicki Minaj for using her platform to share she’s not vaccinated. The rapper responded.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj shared her first remarks about the death of her father, Robert Maraj, in a letter to fans.

  • Rapper Nicki Minaj said she did not attend the Met Gala because she’s not ready to get vaccinated.
  • MSNBC Host Joy Ann Reid critiqued the rapper’s tweets, saying it could discourage the Black community from getting vaccinated.
  • The rapper has responded with a series of tweets.
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MSNBC Host Joy-Ann Reid critiqued Nicki Minaj’s tweets about being unvaccinated on Monday’s episode of “The Reid Out,” and the rapper has responded with a series of tweets.

Nicki Minaj shared on Twitter on Monday afternoon that she would not be attending the Met Gala, because she was not vaccinated against COVID-19.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face,” Minaj wrote.

The tweet has since gotten more than 37,000 retweets and 69,500 likes.

Reid, who acknowledged that she is both a fan of Nicki Minaj and of hip hop, said on the show she’s disappointed the rapper used her platform of 22 million followers “to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives.”

“You’ve got that platform. It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing that you got that, that people listen to you,” Reid said. “And they listen to you more than they listen to me. For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh my god, as a fan, as a hip-hop fan, as somebody who’s your fan, I’m so sad that you did that.”

The rapper acknowledged that people who are required to be vaccinated to work and who need to provide for themselves or their families should get the vaccine. The rapper also said she plans to get receive the shot eventually, as she’d like to return to touring.

Minaj responded to Reid’s comments with another tweet. “This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets. ‘My God SISTER do better’ imagine getting ur dumb ass on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman,” Minaj wrote.

Minaj followed up moments later by again tweeting, “The two white men sittin there nodding their heads cuz this uncle tomiana doing the work chile. How sad.”

The rapper tweeted that her reservations about the vaccine come from Drake saying he caught COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine and her cousin who said their friend had “become impotent” and had swollen genitalia after receiving the vaccine.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that “breakthrough infections,” like Drake’s, are expected because the COVID-19 vaccine, like most other vaccines, is not 100% effective. However, the agency notes that fully vaccinated people typically develop less severe symptoms than unvaccinated people with the virus, preventing them from being hospitalized or dying.

In response to Minaj’s tweets about her cousin, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, said that there’s no evidence that any of the COVID-19 vaccines have ties to reproductive issues.

“I’m not blaming her for anything, but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote and that’s not what science is all about,” Fauci said.

According to the CDC, unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized if they contract the virus.

The CDC website states that “All COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use in the United States helped protect people against COVID-19, including severe illness, in clinical trial settings.” The CDC also says that this holds true in “real world” scenarios as well.

Nicki Minaj and her representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Twitter says Nicki Minaj’s bizarre tweet linking COVID-19 vaccines with erectile dysfunction doesn’t break its rules on misinformation

Nicki Minaj
Musician Nicki Minaj at the 019 Met Gala.

  • Rapper Nicki Minaj sent a tweet linking erectile dysfunction with the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Twitter won’t take action because the tweet was presented as an anecdote, not a fact, the site said.
  • There is no evidence linking COVID-19 vaccines with fertility problems in women or men.
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Twitter says a bizarre tweet from rapper Nicki Minaj linking the COVID-19 vaccine with erectile dysfunction doesn’t violate its policies on COVID-19 misinformation.

In the tweet, Minaj said a cousin of hers wouldn’t get the vaccine because a friend of his “became impotent” after getting a shot.

“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” Minaj said.

There is no evidence to link the COVID-19 vaccine with fertility problems in men or women, doctors and health professionals told Insider in February.

Twitter has a specific policy about what qualifies as COVID-19 misinformation. If tweets are found to violate that policy, Twitter either labels or removes them.

Twitter doesn’t consider Minaj’s tweet to violate its “misleading information policy,” and so has not taken any action against it.

Twitter’s policy says: “In order for content related to COVID-19 to be considered violative under this policy, it must advance a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms.”

The policy also says that “personal anecdotes or first-person accounts” are not a violation.

A Twitter spokesperson said that because Minaj’s tweet was a personal anecdote, it didn’t violate the rules.

“The tweets referenced are not in violation of the Twitter rules,” the spokesperson said.

Minaj also said on Monday that she had not yet got a COVID-19 vaccine, although she said she probably would at some point so she could travel for tours.

Two urologists told Insider in January that cases of erectile dysfunction had gone up since the beginning of the pandemic, probably because of stress and people’s sedentary lifestyle.

A small-scale study published in August also suggested erectile dysfunction could be a long-term symptom of catching COVID-19.

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‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry offers an inside look at how his iconic bet against the housing bubble began

Michael Burry
Michael Burry.

  • Michael Burry offered an inside look at how his signature bet against the housing bubble began.
  • “The Big Short” investor directed a colleague in 2005 to identify shaky mortgage-backed securities.
  • Burry called out two subprime mortgage lenders who later ran into serious trouble.
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Michael Burry, of “The Big Short” fame, reflected on the origins of his iconic bet against the US housing bubble, and praised a late colleague who helped him research the wager, in a tweet on Sunday.

“When it all began…and RIP Joe,” the Scion Asset Management boss said. “A more brilliant one, I never met.”

The investor shared a screenshot of an email he sent to one of his employees, Joe Sipley, on May 19, 2005. The email directed Shipley to analyze a list of mortgage-backed securities and pinpoint the riskiest ones – those linked to mortgages at high risk of default, but not priced to reflect that danger.

“I’d like you to comb through these … and identify the best 2005 shorts,” Burry said. He noted that Scion could bet against the questionable securities by purchasing credit-default swaps, an insurance-like derivative that would pay out handsomely if enough people defaulted on their mortgages.

Burry advised Sipley to pay close attention to the mortgage companies behind the bundled loans, highlighting New Century and Novastar in particular as their “documentation stinks.” New Century, one of the nation’s largest issuers of subprime mortgages, was forced into bankruptcy by the housing downturn in 2007. Novastar, another major subprime lender with a slew of internal issues, was also burnt badly when the bubble burst.

Sipley worked as an analyst at Burry’s hedge fund between 2003 and 2006, and returned to serve as Scion’s director of equities in 2013, his LinkedIn shows. He fought an aggressive form of brain cancer for eight years and died in 2019, according to his obituary.

Burry’s billion-dollar wager against the housing market was chronicled in the book and the movie “The Big Short.” More recently, the investor has sounded the alarm on the speculative craze around meme stocks and cryptocurrencies, predicted a historic market crash, and placed bets against Elon Musk’s Tesla and Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest.

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Chris Christie says he thinks Biden’s employer vaccine mandates are on ‘shaky ground,’ a day after taking heat for criticizing Trump on 9/11

Chris Christie on ABC News during the night of the 2020 presidential election.
Chris Christie on ABC News during the night of the 2020 presidential election.

  • Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he has concerns about Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers.
  • The day before, Christie tweeted out a video of himself criticizing Trump at the Reagan Library.
  • Many on Twitter called Christie “tone deaf” as the video was posted on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie supports getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but he thinks President Joe Biden’s new mandate for private employers is “on shaky ground” legally.

“Working for the government and ordering government workers to have a mandate, there is one thing,” Christie said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“Extending that to two-thirds of all the jobs and make it either get vaccinated or not, it’s also contradictory logically,” Christie said.

The White House last week rolled out a new series of rules in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as cases again surgeand the vaccination rate in the country far too low to support herd immunity. Biden’s new rules require private employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing. Federal employees and healthcare workers are also required to be vaccinated, per Biden’s new plan. The administration will also enforce fines of up to $14,000 per violation for employers that ignore these mandates.

Many of Christie’s fellow Republicans have lashed out at Biden’s new mandate, saying it oversteps by making demands of the private sector, and have threatened lawsuits and disobedience.

“I think they’re really on shaky ground as to whether they can force this or not. So, it’s subject to legal challenge,” Christie said. The government needs to be “persuasive” but “let people get vaccinated on their own accord,” he added.

Meantime, Christie, a former federal prosecutor and 2020 presidential candidate, has been taking heat forlashing out at former ally, ex-President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets posted on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Christie tweeted out a video of himself speaking at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, where he said the Republican Party should disassociate with Trump. He called Trump’s supporters “conspiracy theorists.”

“The Democrats will not be defeated without sound alternatives to their flawed ideas,” Christie tweeted with the video. “Calling them wrong is not enough. Calling them names is immature & ineffective. Pretending we won when we lost is a waste of time, energy & credibility.”

Some on Twitter criticized Christie for sharing the video on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 instead of writing something in remembrance. Some called him “tone deaf” and replied with comments like “this is what you choose to put out on 9.11?” and “it could have waited a day.”

“I said what I believed on Thursday night, and it’s what I’m going to continue to believe,” Christie said told Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Many believe that Christie will again run for president in 2024 and that his stop at the Regan Library, where many aspiring GOP presidential candidates have spoken before, is laying the groundwork.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene rants against ‘weak and moderate’ Republican colleagues and their failure to stop ‘Dictator Joe Biden’

Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a House Freedom Caucus event
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., during a news conference held by the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene unleashed a broadside against “weak and moderate” Republicans in a 38-part Twitter thread.
  • The Georgia lawmaker said that her GOP colleagues are “doing nothing” to stop President Joe Biden.
  • Greene also said that she has “no confidence” in the current Republican leadership.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized her fellow GOP members of Congress, who she called “weak and moderate,” in a lengthy Twitter rant on Friday afternoon, Newsweek first reported.

In a 38-part Twitter thread addressed to her “colleagues,” the controversial Georgia lawmaker vowed to be “more direct than usual” in her condemnation of other Republicans.

“Since Dictator Joe Biden started phase 1 of the Dems’ Communist takeover of America yesterday & I don’t have a GOP Conference call on my calendar or an email in my inbox from leadership to stop this insanity,” she wrote. This is seemingly a reference to President Joe Biden’s Thursday announcement on federal vaccine requirements.

In the Twitter thread, she went on to accuse Republicans in Congress of failing to ‘”deliver key issues that were of utmost importance” to GOP voters, citing repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned parenthood, and funding a border wall as examples of broken promises.

“I give speeches to hundreds to thousands of Republican voters every single week at home and all across the country,” Greene said in a later tweet. “Our voters are fed up with Republicans in Congress doing nothing to stop Dictator Joe Biden and the outright destruction to our country.”

She later took a jab at “experienced” Republicans. “You all should hear what your wealthiest most successful donors are saying about you all and your lack of real action while Democrats burn our country to the ground with a dementia patient at the wheel,” she wrote.

Greene then urged Republicans to get their “asses in gear” if the party has a chance of winning elections in 2022 or 2024 before calling on her colleagues to impeach Biden.

The freshman congresswoman first introduced articles of impeachment against Biden one day after he was inaugurated.

Referring to Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and kick Greene off committees, she described them as “Democrats in disguise” and, later, as “weak and moderate Republicans.”

She added that she had “no confidence” in the current Republican leadership. “I’m going to continue my promise to put The People over the politicians and fight like hell to Save America,” she concluded.

A day after the Republicans voted to banish Greene from her congressional committees in February 2021, The New York Times reported that she said that the punishment had “freed” her to hold the GOP “accountable” and to push the party further to the right.

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Republicans want telecom companies to preserve phone records of Kamala Harris, Pelosi, AOC, and other Democrats after January 6 committee requested theirs

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is asking social media and telecommunications companies to preserve phone or computer records for hundreds of people who were potentially involved with planning to “challenge, delay or interfere” with the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

  • The January 6 select committee announced two weeks ago it will seek electronic records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., claimed any company that hands over records to the committee will be “shut down.”
  • Several companies received letters from House Republicans asking to preserve Democrats’ records, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
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Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and several House Republicans sent letters on Tuesday to 14 telecommunications companies asking them to preserve the phone records and data of 16 Democrats so that “future Congresses can investigate alleged infractions,” Fox Business reported.

The letters were sent two weeks after the January 6 select committee announced it will seek electronic communication records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress, for its investigation into the Capitol riot.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene decried the move on the August 31 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” threatening any company that handed over records to the committee would be “shut down.”

Republican representatives echoed this sentiment in their subsequent letters, one of which was written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and tweeted by Rep. Paul Gosar: “The US Constitution and the US Supreme Court precedent prevents committees from obtaining these records and prohibits you from providing them. Simply put, neither the committee nor you have the legal authority to provide those records.”

Legal experts told The Washington Post that there isn’t a specific law stopping these companies from handing over information to the committee.

Several other companies also received letters, including Amazon, AOL, Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Inc., T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Signal, and Telegram.

If the companies decide to turn over records to the January 6 select committee, the letters asked that they also preserve the records of several Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, Fox Business reported.

Republican Reps. Jody Hice, Matt Gaetz, Scott Perry, Louie Gohmert, and Madison Cawthorn joined Biggs, Greene, and Gosar in signing the letter to Dorsey.

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