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Those who call themselves "Patriots" in the West are totally screwed because 9/10 of their representatives "Love Life" too much and are already in Jewry's pocket. And the 1/10 who are not have no chance to survive when they get stabbed...

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With US president Donald Trump booted from Twitter and conservative-friendly social network Parler taken off the internet by Amazon Web Services, the internet’s far-right has become digitally homeless. Or not.

Telegram, the privacy-first messaging app founded and led by Russian exile Pavel Durov, seems poised to give those people a new home. According to data analytics company Sensor Tower, by Sunday the app had become the second-most downloaded in the US. On January 12, Telegram claimed that it had attracted 25 million new users in just 72 hours. Great news for growth – the catch is that some of it can be chalked up to a far-right inundation.

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According to Tgstat, a website gathering Telegram analytics, Trump-focused channels – group chats with unlimited numbers of subscribers where admins share thematic content – experienced unprecedented growth. Five of the top ten channels by number of new users added over the past week were publishing content promoting Trump and bore his name in their handle – with the exception of one channel focused on Donald Trump, Jr. The fastest-growing Trump Telegram channel now has 540,000 subscribers – 370,000 of whom joined since January 6. Tgstat estimates that the channel now has a total reach of 30 million – defined as the number of users who see at least one of the channel’s posts. Some channels that have been flooded with new members are Trump impersonators, possibly hoping to lure in people checking whether the US president has an official Telegram channel – he does not. Amongst a sea of Trump-supporting channels, the only English-language channel that gained more followers in the same period was the app’s own tutorial channel – possibly a testament to the influx of new users.

“People who were on Parler and elsewhere are now flocking to these alternative channels. And this is probably going to continue,” says Aleksandra Urman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Bern and at Zurich University’s Social Computing Group. Urman has been monitoring the growth of political channels and groups (those with up to 200,000 participants) on Telegram for more than two years. She believes that the fall of Parler was one of the main triggers of the ongoing Trump explosion on Telegram.

Alongside the hike in the membership of Trump-focused channels, Urman found that the number of daily views per message on a channel affiliated with far-right group the Proud Boys grew threefold from the start of January to the immediate aftermath of Parler’s takedown. Similarly, Urman says, the number of messages posted daily on one of the biggest English-speaking QAnon group chats went from just over 1,000 at the start of January to over 6,000 by January 12. The trend dovetails with Urman’s previous research into deplatforming and digital migration: a similar social-media crackdown on far-right and conspiracy figures in 2019, she found, led to a burgeoning in Telegram’s membership.

Telegram’s surge is happening at a time when many users are ditching popular messaging service WhatsApp following an announcement that it will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook – and it is not inconceivable that some of those people opted to use Telegram instead. But invitation links to Telegram far-right channels and groups chats were being shared frantically over the past week.

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Data from CrowdTangle, an insights tool owned and operated by Facebook, shows that Facebook posts on pages and public groups containing links to the top five pro-Trump Telegram channels garneered over 9,000 interactions (reactions, shares, and comments) in the past seven days – rising from 48 interactions on January 8 to almost 5,000 a day later.

Links to far-right groups and Trumpist channels were also shared on reddit, 4Chan, and TheDonald.win – a website born out of a banned subreddit – in the days preceding and following Trump’s Twitter ban and potentially indefinite suspension from Facebook, and the shutdown of Parler. Cached search data shows that Parler profiles shared at least 200 links to Telegram groups, sometimes accompanied by ominous messages about the platform’s impending demise.

Right now most of the public channels and free-to-join groups Urman has been monitoring seem to be mostly devoted to sharing Trump’s pronouncements and mulling over the facts of the past few days – rather than plotting future riots. “Members are mostly discussing the events but not organising. The trend in terms of channels is that they have a big reach – but they’re not posting anything horrible or illegal yet,” she says. “Some of them are posting Nazi symbols and ‘white power’ stuff, some are doing it pretty aggressively as they are anonymous, but they are not posting exact organisational details.They say stuff like, ‘do you want total war?’ and ‘we should protect [the] white race’, but they are not posting stuff like, ‘show up at 5pm at this location, be armed.’”

That might sound reassuring, but it is not necessarily. While many former Parler members posted incriminating pictures of themselves inside the Capitol on the platform, posts which have since been revealed to contain potentially incriminating geolocation data, many of the more dangerous conversations will likely take place on private chats, as opposed to on public fora. The same is true for Telegram.

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Telegram’s newly-emboldened far-right community might have to go through teething pains before gelling into something coherent. Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina, says that one of the most active group chats associated with the Proud Boys grew from 4,800 members as of January 10 to almost 16,000 at the time of writing – and the mass intake resulted in immediate bedlam.

“Ten thousand new people joining the chat at once made it very confusing. Especially for the new people who did not know how to use the app, didn't know how to set their security settings, and so on,” she says. But the chaos didn’t last long. Some new users have already started organising into smaller splinter groups. “They start with a mess and then they organise in smaller groups, in private chats,” she adds. It is there that things could possibly get ugly. And Telegram seems to be aware of it. “Our terms of service prohibit public calls for violence. We are proactively monitoring the situation and taking action. In the last 24 hours, we have blocked dozens of public channels that included calls to violence,” says a Telegram executive, who asked not to be named due to company policy that media requests only be answered by the press office. Telegram's press office did not reply to a request for comment by the time of publication.

Despite the competition of several platforms catering to the “free speech” crowd – notably Gab, which yesterday claimed it had welcomed 700,000 new members – Telegram was always likely to win out in the end. Its design and features, alongside the company’s insistence of anti-censorship, privacy, and anonymity make it a perfect tool for groups who want to organise away from prying eyes. “You can do coordination in group chats and also mobilise your supporters through channels,” says Urman. “You can broadcast through channels, and then people can deliberate in groups.”

That is why – besides being popular with the far-right, QAnon believers and Isis – Telegram has also been instrumental in the mobilisation of protest movements in places like Hong Kong and, more recently, Belarus.In the latter case, Telegram managed to stay online – and act as a conduit for the communications of Belarusian pro-democracy protesters – amid a nationwide internet shutdown orchestrated by the country’s authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko. “In a western context, Telegram is used by the far-right. But there’s a place for an app like Telegram in society,” says Stefan Katz, a researcher at Bern University of Applied Sciences who co-authored Urman's 2020 study.

The latest developments might be a mixed blessing for Telegram – which stands to gain tens of millions of members, but also risks becoming evermore associated with the political fringe. And over time that fringe might grow more extreme.

A recent study conducted by researchers in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the US and published on the pre-print academic platform arXiv, found that banning prominent extremist communities – such as the r/The_Donald and r/incels subreddits – often leads some of the remaining members to regroup elsewhere, and grow “more toxic and radical”.

“People do move to Telegram – and other platforms – following the deplatforming of these celebrities [such as Trump],” Urman says. “What then happens is that the following of these celebrities goes down – Trump will likely get his 81 million followers again on Telegram ”
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That’s the plan , not bad except on 2 points which will not pass
350 billions dollars is too much to be given to corrupted politicians; 160 billions is enough for states and cities
15 dollar minimum wage is insane when you have an economic slowdown, business will bankrupt better a compromise over 10 $ at the end of the year USA debt is already 28 trillions dollars

Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan calls for stimulus checks, unemployment support and more​

PUBLISHED THU, JAN 14 20215:00 PM ESTUPDATED THU, JAN 14 20218:30 PM EST

Thomas Franck@TOMWFRANCK
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  • President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package.
  • The proposal, titled the American Rescue Plan, includes familiar stimulus measures with the goal of sustaining families and firms until vaccines are widely distributed.
  • The current plan is the first of two major spending initiatives Biden will seek in the first few months of his presidency.
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President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package designed to support households and businesses through the pandemic.
The proposal, called the American Rescue Plan, includes several familiar stimulus measures in the hope the additional fiscal support will sustain U.S. families and firms until the Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.

Here’s what Biden calls for:
  • Direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans, bringing the total relief to $2,000, including December’s $600 payments
  • Increasing the federal, per-week unemployment benefit to $400 and extending it through the end of September
  • Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until the end of September
  • $350 billion in state and local government aid
  • $170 billion for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education
  • $50 billion toward Covid-19 testing
  • $20 billion toward a national vaccine program in partnership with states, localities and tribes
  • Making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable for the year and increasing the credit to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6)
The plan is the first of two major spending initiatives Biden will seek in the first few months of his presidency, according to senior Biden officials.
The second bill, expected in February, will tackle the president-elect’s longer-term goals of creating jobs, reforming infrastructure, combating climate change and advancing racial equity.
Senior Biden officials, who have been working on the stimulus plan for weeks, also confirmed that the president-elect still supports $10,000 in student debt forgiveness.
“The crisis of human suffering is in plain sight, and there’s no time to waste,” Biden said as he unveiled the plan Thursday evening from his transition headquarters in Delaware.
“We have to act, and we have to act now.”
Biden acknowledged the ambition — and the cost — of his plan, but he argued that the bold investments will pay dividends for the nation.
“I know what I just described does not come cheaply, but failure to do so will cost us dearly,” he said. “The consensus among leading economists is, we simply cannot afford not to do what I’m proposing.”
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Fellow Democratic leaders were quick to applaud the measure, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issuing a joint statement.
“With the COVID-rescue package the President-elect announced today, he is moving swiftly to deliver that help and to meet the needs of the American people. House and Senate Democrats express gratitude toward and look forward to working with the President-elect on the rescue plan,” the two said in a press release.
“The emergency relief framework announced by the incoming Biden-Harris administration tonight is the right approach,” the pair added. “It shows that Democrats will finally have a partner at the White House that understands the need to take swift action to address the needs of struggling communities.”
The nearly $2 trillion price tag will likely draw disdain from Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who may be wary of spending even more after December’s $900 billion bill.
Still, Biden officials said Thursday they are optimistic that the current rescue package has enough in it to make it palatable to lawmakers across the political spectrum and that the president-elect has been consulting congressional allies in recent weeks on the best path toward approval.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered early bipartisan support for Biden’s spending plans. Earlier this week, Rubio implored the president-elect to make direct payments of $2,000 a top priority.
“All across our nation, people are looking for answers and demanding accountability, but they are also desperate for hope: hope that political leaders in Washington can begin taking steps to heal our deeply divided nation,” Rubio wrote in a letter to Biden dated Tuesday.
“It would send a powerful message to the American people if, on the first day of your presidency, you called on the House and Senate to send you legislation to increase the direct economic impact payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic from $600 to $2,000,” he added.
Most economists, including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, warn that additional Covid-19 relief funding and economic stimulus may be needed to help businesses stay afloat until the broader population has access to vaccines.
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As of Thursday morning, the virus had killed more than 384,000 Americans, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Evidence that the virus continues to hamstring the U.S. economy is also readily available.
The latest jobless claims report, published earlier Thursday, showed that first-time claims for unemployment insurance jumped to 965,000 last week. The figure represented the highest level of initial unemployment claims since August.
Last week, the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report found employers shed 140,000 jobs in December, another indication the summer’s business rebound has paused or reversed.
“I think we’re going to see the existing stimulus program mitigate that, but it’s not going to give us the bounce we need to carry through until the vaccine has really brought the virus under control,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network.
“The question is: How fast are we going to bounce back? If you assume we’re going to bounce back without more stimulus, that’s basically the case for no more stimulus,” he added. “Personally, I’m not convinced that’s the case. And even if it is the case, it will certainly be much faster and more humane if we get more stimulus.”
Though some wondered if Biden would try to force the legislation through Congress using a special budgetary tool known as reconciliation, the president-elect is hoping the proposal will appeal to members of both parties.
Biden’s interest in bipartisan support could be an early attempt to foster the camaraderie he will need if his long-term aspirations such as infrastructure and tax reform are to stand a chance in a Senate divided 50-50.
Though Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will cast tiebreaking votes, Biden and the rest of the caucus cannot afford to lose fellow Democrats — and will likely try to draw in moderate Republicans — if his Build Back Better plan is to stand a chance in Congress.
Biden’s cooperative stance may also be in the hope Senate lawmakers will differentiate haggling over the Covid relief legislation from Trump’s potential impeachment trialand the more-routine process of confirming Cabinet nominees.
 
من الرئيس الأميركي المنتهية ولايته دونالد ترمب، أن الأخير سيعود إلى البيت الأبيض رئيساً عام 2024.

وكشف بولس في حديث لموقع “أخبار عربية” أجراه معه رئيس التحرير أسعد الأسعد، أن الرئيس الجمهوري يعتزم الترشح للانتخابات الرئاسية المقبلة بعد 4 سنوات، ولكن في أسوأ الأحوال وفي حال حصول أي طارئ، سيكون نجله الأكبر دونالد ترمب جونيور مرشحاً بديلاً عنه، كونه يحل في المرتبة الثانية من الناحية الشعبية لدى أنصار الحزب الجمهوري.


واستبعد إمكانية عزل ترمب قبل إنهاء ولايته في 20 يناير، كون ذلك يتطلب الحصول على أصوات ثلثي أعضاء مجلس الشيوخ، وهو أمر غير ممكن في ظل دفاع غالبية الجمهوريين عن الرئيس، بالإضافة إلى عدم انعقاد أي جلسة للمجلس قبل الـ20 من الشهر الجاري وحينها ستكون قد انتهت فترة رئاسة ترمب فعلياً.

ورأى أن كل عضو جمهوري في مجلس النواب يصوت لصالح عزل ترمب، يكون فعلياً قد أنهى حياته السياسية، كونه سيدفع ثمن ذلك في أي انتخابات مقبلة.

وكان مجلس النواب الذي تسيطر عليه غالبية ديمقراطية قد أطلق محاكمة برلمانية ثانية لترمب بعدما رفض نائبه مايك بنس استخدام التعديل الـ25 للدستور الذي يجيز له تنحية الرئيس.

“شرطة المجلس” متساهلة!

وأدان بولس بشدة اقتحام مجموعة من المشاغبين لمبنى الكابيتول وسط العاصمة واشنطن خلال تظاهرة لأنصار ترمب في السادس من يناير، مطالباً باتخاذ أقصى العقوبات بحق كل من شارك بأعمال العنف، ومؤكداً أن التساهل الأمني من قبل شرطة الكابيتول وشرطة واشنطن غير مبرر.

وشبه المحامي اللبناني شرطة الكابيتول بشرطة مجلس النواب في لبنان، حيث أكد أن الشرطة في محيط مقر الكونغرس تأتمر من قبل رئيسة مجلس النواب الديمقراطية نانسي بيلوسي، كما هو الحال في لبنان مع نبيه بري.

وقال: “هناك علامات استفهام عديدة حول التقصير الأمني في ذلك اليوم. من المعروف أن هناك مئات أو آلاف عناصر الشرطة المولجون حماية الكونغرس، لكننا رأينا فقط العشرات منهم، رغم أن التظاهرة كانت حاشدة جداً وشارك فيها أشخاص من مختلف أنحاء الولايات المتحدة. أين كان باقي العناصر؟”.

ترامب ومواقع التواصل الاجتماعي

وحول حجب الرئيس الأميركي عن مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي، لاسيما “تويتر”، اعتبر بولس أن هناك مؤامرة لقمع الحريات من قبل شركات التكنولوجيا الكبرى التي اصطفت صفاً واحداً إلى جانب اليسار المتطرف والاشتراكيين ضد النصف الآخر من الشعب الأميركي.

وتابع قائلاً: “هذا أمر مدهش كونه يحصل هنا في الولايات المتحدة وليس في إحدى دول العالم الثالث، لكن بعد كل التجاوزات والتزوير الذي شهدناه خلال الانتخابات، لا شيء يفاجئنا”.

وأوضح أن تلك الشركات تستغل المادة 230 من قانون أخلاقيات النشر الذي يحمي الوضع القانوني لوسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، وهو القانون الذي يطالب الرئيس ترمب بإلغائها منذ العام 2016، لكن مساعيه لم تنجح بسبب معارضة بعض أعضاء الكونغرس الجمهوريين.

صورة عائلية تجمع دونالد ترمب وميلانيا ترمب مع تيفاني ترمب ومايكل بولس ومسعد بولس وزوجته
“ترمب بوك”؟!
وأكد بولس أن “البحث عن بدائل يتم منذ فترة، وقد نرى قريباً منصة خاصة تحمل اسم ترمب، لكن الأمر يحتاج لبعض الوقت وسيتم الإعلان عنه قريباً”.

كما توقع أن نشهد “هجرة جماعية” من المنصات التقليدية التي حجبت حسابات ترمب، إلى منصته الخاصة أو بدائل أخرى.

وكان عدد كبير من أنصار ترمب توجهوا فعلاً إلى منصة “بارلر” للتواصل الاجتماعي، قبل أن تتخلى عنها شركة “أمازون” المالكة للتطبيق.

“نيوز ماكس” في إفريقياً قريباً
الهجرة ليست محصورة فقط في منصات التواصل الاجتماعي، بل أيضاً في وسائل الإعلام، حيث كشف بولس أن شبكة “نيوز ماكس” المقربة من ترمب ستبدأ قريباً في البث خارج الولايات المتحدة، وتحديداً في إفريقيا.

وينتقد ترمب باستمرار الشبكات الإخبارية الكبرى في بلاده، خاصة شبكة “سي إن إن” التي يطلق عليها “الأخبار الكاذبة”.

وحتى “فوكس نيوز” لم تسلم من انتقادات الرئيس المنتهية ولايته، بعد اتهامات للقناة بالترويج لفوز جو بايدن في الانتخابات الرئاسية 2020.

كوارث تنتظر أميركا في عصر بايدن
واعتبر بولس إن انهياراً اقتصادياً ينتظر الولايات المتحدة تحت إدارة جو بايدن الذي سيعيد فرض الضرائب على الأميركيين ويعيد واشنطن إلى اتفاقية المناخ.

وأكمل حديثه بالقول: “في العديد من الولايات مثل نيويورك ونيو جيرسي، بدأنا نرى العديد من رجال الأعمال والشركات تهاجر نحو تكساس وفلوريدا وولايات أخرى يسيطر عليها الجمهوريون حيث الضرائب منخفضة جداً أو معدومة”.

السلام بين السعودية وإسرائيل “أُنجز”
وفي ما يخص الشرق الأوسط، كشف بولس أن السلام بين المملكة العربية السعودية وإسرائيل تم إنجازه فعلاً خلال إدارة ترمب، معتبراً أن بايدن قد يحاول سرقة الانجاز أو أخذ “credit” عنه عبر الترويج بأنه أحد إنجازات إدارته.

وقال المحامي ورجل الأعمال اللبناني: “السعودية وإسرائيل لا تحتاجان إلى بايدن الآن، لأن السلام قد تم إنجازه فعلاً تحت إدارة الرئيس ترمب، لكن تأخر الإعلان عنه لأسباب شكلية”.

وأضاف أن المصالحة الخليجية، التي تمت أيضاً برعاية أميركية، هي الخطوة الأولى وكانت مطلوبة قبل الإعلان عن التطبيع بين الرياض وتل أبيب.

بايدن ليس أوباما.. وليس “بيضون”!
وأشار إلى أن سياسة جو بايدن من ملفات الشرق الأوسط، وبالأخص في سياسته حيال إيران، لن تشبه سياسة الرئيس السابق براك أوباما، الذي أبرم الاتفاق النووي مع طهران حين كان بايدن نائباً له، قبل أن ينسحب منه دونالد ترمب عام 2018.

وأوضح أن بايدن سيكون من أقرب الرؤساء الأميركيين من إسرائيل، كونه يفتخر علناً بأنه “صهيوني”. وقال بولس ساخراً: “بايدن ليس من محور المقاومة أو من آل بيضون كما يقال في بعض القرى اللبنانية”.

وأبدى بولس أسفه من طريقة تفكير بعض اللبنانيين الذين يهتمون بالشكل وليس المضمون، حيث رأى أن ترمب كان رجل السلام على مدى سنوات رئاسته الأربعة، فهو الرئيس الأميركي الوحيد الذي سحب قواته من الصراعات عوضاً عن إرسالها للمشاركة في الحروب، كما أبرم 4 اتفاقيات سلام بين العرب وإسرائيل، وساهم في صنعاة السلام بين أرمينيا وأذربيجان من جهة وصربيا وكوسوفو من جهة أخرى، ووقع اتفاق تاريخي مع كوريا الشمالية التي كانت تشكل تهديداً لبلاده، وأنجز نقلة نوعية في المؤسسة العسكرية ليصبح الجيش الحالي أقوى الجيوش الأميركية بتاريخ الولايات المتحدة.

العودة إلى لبنان
ولدى سؤاله عما إذا كان يفكر بالعودة إلى لبنان قريباً كمرشح محتمل للانتخابات، أجاب بولس بأن لبنان وطنه الذي يحبه ويفخر به، والحصول على مقعد نيابي ليس هدفاً له، لكن قد يكون وسيلة لخدمة البلاد في المستقبل.

ووصف أزمة الطلاب اللبنانيين في الخارج بالإجرام، قائلاً: “لم يكتفوا باحتجاز أموال المودعين في المصارف، لكنهم أيضاً يمنعون الطلاب من متابعة دراستهم. هذا إجرام بحق الشعب اللبناني”.

وأكد أن قانون “الكابيتال كونترول” كان ممكن أن ينظم كل تلك المسائل لو تم تطبيقه في بداية الأزمة، مؤكداً أن “الكابيتال كونترول” تم التسويق له بصورة خاطئة في لبنان، وهو قانون موجود في العديد من دول العالم أبرزها الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا وفرنسا وألمانيا.

وختم حديثه عن لبنان قائلاً: “مؤسف جداً ما يحصل في بلدنا. رغم كل التدخل والرعاية الفرنسية لم نرى أي تقدم فيما يخص الحكومة الجديدة، وهم (الطبقة السياسية) يختلفون على مقعد من هنا أو هناك. لكن قوة لبنان في شعبه والطاقات الموجودة لديه – سواء داخل لبنان أو في الاغتراب – وهو ليس بلد مفلس. الأزمة يمكن حلها في فترة تتراوح بين 3 إلى 5 سنوات، إذا تمت إدارتها بشكل سليم”.

مايكل بولس وتيفاني ترمب مع الرئيس الأميركي
مايكل وتيفاني.. خبر سعيد!
وفي ختام المقابلة، ولدى سؤاله عما إذا كنا سنسمع أخبار طيبة عن نجله مايكل الذي تربطه علاقة عاطفية بابنة الرئيس الأميركي تيفاني ترمب، قال بولس إن هناك شيء ما سيتم الإعلان عنه خلال أيام، فترقبوا!

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With US president Donald Trump booted from Twitter and conservative-friendly social network Parler taken off the internet by Amazon Web Services, the internet’s far-right has become digitally homeless. Or not.

Telegram, the privacy-first messaging app founded and led by Russian exile Pavel Durov, seems poised to give those people a new home. According to data analytics company Sensor Tower, by Sunday the app had become the second-most downloaded in the US. On January 12, Telegram claimed that it had attracted 25 million new users in just 72 hours. Great news for growth – the catch is that some of it can be chalked up to a far-right inundation.

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According to Tgstat, a website gathering Telegram analytics, Trump-focused channels – group chats with unlimited numbers of subscribers where admins share thematic content – experienced unprecedented growth. Five of the top ten channels by number of new users added over the past week were publishing content promoting Trump and bore his name in their handle – with the exception of one channel focused on Donald Trump, Jr. The fastest-growing Trump Telegram channel now has 540,000 subscribers – 370,000 of whom joined since January 6. Tgstat estimates that the channel now has a total reach of 30 million – defined as the number of users who see at least one of the channel’s posts. Some channels that have been flooded with new members are Trump impersonators, possibly hoping to lure in people checking whether the US president has an official Telegram channel – he does not. Amongst a sea of Trump-supporting channels, the only English-language channel that gained more followers in the same period was the app’s own tutorial channel – possibly a testament to the influx of new users.

“People who were on Parler and elsewhere are now flocking to these alternative channels. And this is probably going to continue,” says Aleksandra Urman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Bern and at Zurich University’s Social Computing Group. Urman has been monitoring the growth of political channels and groups (those with up to 200,000 participants) on Telegram for more than two years. She believes that the fall of Parler was one of the main triggers of the ongoing Trump explosion on Telegram.

Alongside the hike in the membership of Trump-focused channels, Urman found that the number of daily views per message on a channel affiliated with far-right group the Proud Boys grew threefold from the start of January to the immediate aftermath of Parler’s takedown. Similarly, Urman says, the number of messages posted daily on one of the biggest English-speaking QAnon group chats went from just over 1,000 at the start of January to over 6,000 by January 12. The trend dovetails with Urman’s previous research into deplatforming and digital migration: a similar social-media crackdown on far-right and conspiracy figures in 2019, she found, led to a burgeoning in Telegram’s membership.

Telegram’s surge is happening at a time when many users are ditching popular messaging service WhatsApp following an announcement that it will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook – and it is not inconceivable that some of those people opted to use Telegram instead. But invitation links to Telegram far-right channels and groups chats were being shared frantically over the past week.

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Data from CrowdTangle, an insights tool owned and operated by Facebook, shows that Facebook posts on pages and public groups containing links to the top five pro-Trump Telegram channels garneered over 9,000 interactions (reactions, shares, and comments) in the past seven days – rising from 48 interactions on January 8 to almost 5,000 a day later.

Links to far-right groups and Trumpist channels were also shared on reddit, 4Chan, and TheDonald.win – a website born out of a banned subreddit – in the days preceding and following Trump’s Twitter ban and potentially indefinite suspension from Facebook, and the shutdown of Parler. Cached search data shows that Parler profiles shared at least 200 links to Telegram groups, sometimes accompanied by ominous messages about the platform’s impending demise.

Right now most of the public channels and free-to-join groups Urman has been monitoring seem to be mostly devoted to sharing Trump’s pronouncements and mulling over the facts of the past few days – rather than plotting future riots. “Members are mostly discussing the events but not organising. The trend in terms of channels is that they have a big reach – but they’re not posting anything horrible or illegal yet,” she says. “Some of them are posting Nazi symbols and ‘white power’ stuff, some are doing it pretty aggressively as they are anonymous, but they are not posting exact organisational details.They say stuff like, ‘do you want total war?’ and ‘we should protect [the] white race’, but they are not posting stuff like, ‘show up at 5pm at this location, be armed.’”

That might sound reassuring, but it is not necessarily. While many former Parler members posted incriminating pictures of themselves inside the Capitol on the platform, posts which have since been revealed to contain potentially incriminating geolocation data, many of the more dangerous conversations will likely take place on private chats, as opposed to on public fora. The same is true for Telegram.

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Telegram’s newly-emboldened far-right community might have to go through teething pains before gelling into something coherent. Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina, says that one of the most active group chats associated with the Proud Boys grew from 4,800 members as of January 10 to almost 16,000 at the time of writing – and the mass intake resulted in immediate bedlam.

“Ten thousand new people joining the chat at once made it very confusing. Especially for the new people who did not know how to use the app, didn't know how to set their security settings, and so on,” she says. But the chaos didn’t last long. Some new users have already started organising into smaller splinter groups. “They start with a mess and then they organise in smaller groups, in private chats,” she adds. It is there that things could possibly get ugly. And Telegram seems to be aware of it. “Our terms of service prohibit public calls for violence. We are proactively monitoring the situation and taking action. In the last 24 hours, we have blocked dozens of public channels that included calls to violence,” says a Telegram executive, who asked not to be named due to company policy that media requests only be answered by the press office. Telegram's press office did not reply to a request for comment by the time of publication.

Despite the competition of several platforms catering to the “free speech” crowd – notably Gab, which yesterday claimed it had welcomed 700,000 new members – Telegram was always likely to win out in the end. Its design and features, alongside the company’s insistence of anti-censorship, privacy, and anonymity make it a perfect tool for groups who want to organise away from prying eyes. “You can do coordination in group chats and also mobilise your supporters through channels,” says Urman. “You can broadcast through channels, and then people can deliberate in groups.”

That is why – besides being popular with the far-right, QAnon believers and Isis – Telegram has also been instrumental in the mobilisation of protest movements in places like Hong Kong and, more recently, Belarus.In the latter case, Telegram managed to stay online – and act as a conduit for the communications of Belarusian pro-democracy protesters – amid a nationwide internet shutdown orchestrated by the country’s authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko. “In a western context, Telegram is used by the far-right. But there’s a place for an app like Telegram in society,” says Stefan Katz, a researcher at Bern University of Applied Sciences who co-authored Urman's 2020 study.

The latest developments might be a mixed blessing for Telegram – which stands to gain tens of millions of members, but also risks becoming evermore associated with the political fringe. And over time that fringe might grow more extreme.

A recent study conducted by researchers in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the US and published on the pre-print academic platform arXiv, found that banning prominent extremist communities – such as the r/The_Donald and r/incels subreddits – often leads some of the remaining members to regroup elsewhere, and grow “more toxic and radical”.

“People do move to Telegram – and other platforms – following the deplatforming of these celebrities [such as Trump],” Urman says. “What then happens is that the following of these celebrities goes down – Trump will likely get his 81 million followers again on Telegram ”
Mass Migration to the new holy land for the pure gentiles
All to Telegram thank you Holy Russia
Telegram founder is Russian

I also got rid of watsapp and downloaded Signal.

They thought that by illegally getting rid of Trump, they could finally kill the Truth. Wrong! The fun has just begun....
 

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About 20,000 U.S. troops expected in Washington, D.C.
U.S. National Guard troops are expected to help secure Washington D.C. during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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These wild imaginations from the American entertainment industry is not so much far fetched after all!
This could be the US between 2021 & 2024+



















 

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Taliban won - They have not been crushed and still control a big portion of the country.
 
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