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Trump signs order that could punish social media companies over their content

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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters in the Rose Garden on May 26, 2020, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters in the Rose Garden on May 26, 2020, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)

US President, Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that could open the door for the U.S. government to assume oversight of political speech on the Internet, a broadside against Silicon Valley many critics view as a threat to free speech
The new directive seeks to change a federal law that generally spared tech companies from being sued or held liable for most posts, photos and videos shared by users on their sites. Tech giants herald these protections, known as Section 230, as the bedrock of the internet. But Trump repeatedly has argued they allow Facebook, Google and Twitter to censor conservatives with impunity—charges these companies deny.

“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” Trump said before signing the document.

Jon Epstein is a partner/shareholder at the national law firm Hall Estill who has worked in media law for almost three decades representing national, regional, and local media entities (including network television stations and national newspapers). He also regularly advises clients on protections and risks related to social media.

“When the internet was in its infancy, Congress passed section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in 1996 in which it made the policy decision that the internet platforms would not be treated as publishers of information that is posted by their users.  That decision was made in order to encourage the free exchange of ideas because if the platforms risked exposure to liability for what others posted, they would limit the free flow of robust debate,” Epstein says.

“During his campaign and since he was elected, President Trump has engaged in a heated conflict with reporters and media platforms who have criticized or questioned him. This is not the first time that this President has considered issuing an executive order designed to remove the protections that were given to social media platforms by Congress in section 230.  Until today, he has refrained from doing so,” Epstein says.

“The issue returned after Twitter fact checked the President’s recent tweet.  This angered him and his supporters because they view certain platforms as adversaries that promote criticisms of the President and his agenda.  Others view those same platforms as tools that allow the exchanges of information that serve as a watchdog on the government and elected officials.  The current dispute appears to be based on whether the actions of these platforms in addressing posts by the President or others is done in good faith,” Epstein says.

“While there may be legitimate reasons to revisit the protections Congress enacted in 1996, should that important issue be debated and decided in Congress or should it be erased by the President during a political beef with his critics?” Epstein says.

“This may be the issue that brings to a head the dispute between the President and the media that he has so often belittled,” Epstein says.

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#GRAMMYs : Winners of 65th Annual Grammy Awards

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Winners of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards are being announced in to two separate ceremonies Los Angeles. The premiere ceremony precedes the main televised awards ceremony. (more…)

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Pastor husband of murdered councilwomen, Eunice Dwumfour makes a post to mark what would have been her birthday

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Pastor husband of murdered councilwomen, Eunice Dwumfour makes a post in mark what would have been her birthday

The husband of a Republican councilwoman in New Jersey, who was gunned down outside her home, wrote a birthday post for her a month ahead of time.

Eze Kings honored his wife Eunice Dwumfour’s birthday one month and a day ahead of her 31st birthday after she was found dead in her car on Wednesday evening around 7.22pm.

On Thursday, he wrote: ‘4th March is your birthday happy glorious birthday in addy my love.’

He posted professional photos where Dwumfour’s wedding ring was visible throughout many of the images. The pair married in November.

Investigators told ABC 7 that they are digging into her husband’s ties to a church in Nigeria, among other things. The mother also reportedly spoke with her shooter moments before she was shot dead, but no suspects have yet been named.

The Republican mother-of-one was found with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses claim that the suspected gunman was spotted racing away from the Camelot at La Mer apartment complex, and a 911 call was placed at 7.22pm.

Read Also: 30-year-old Eunice Dwumfour shot and killed outside her home in New Jersey

Authorities say that the councilwoman, who worked for a Nigerian-based church group, was the intended target – but have not given a motive.

Friends of the politician said the killing could have been racially motivated as the couple lived in ‘clan land.’

‘We all suggested that she doesn’t move down to that part of Jersey — we call that “clan land,” the friend, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Post. ‘That was a hit. That was an assassination.’

Another friend, Amos Martey, 52, of Ghana, told the Post: ‘I believe color played a role. I believe because she’s a minority. It might be related to her job … I might be wrong, but that’s how I feel. It breaks my heart.’

Her white SUV was seen being removed from the scene by authorities in the early hours of the morning.

Family members told USA Today that she lived at the property with her 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Her sister Priscilla said: ‘She was always happy, very humble and had respect.’

Currently, there have been no arrests in the case, with Sayreville Police and Middlesex County officials investigating the incident.

Friends of the councilwoman paid tribute to her as an ‘amazing friend’ who ‘loved god.’

Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez posted online saying: ‘I just saw her this morning at the store.

‘I remember saying to her I’ll see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life.

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Ne-Yo to pay ex-wife almost $2 million after finalizing divorce

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Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay have finalized their divorce in just five months, court documents obtained by Page Six confirm.

The “Because of You” crooner will pay his now-ex-wife a $1.6 million lump sum to balance out their real estate holdings and $20,000 for moving expenses, according to TMZ, which obtained the settlement details.

Renay will also keep one of their four homes in Georgia.

Additionally, Ne-Yo agreed to cut a $150,000 check to Renay so she can buy a new car, as he is keeping their 2022 Bentley Bentayga, the outlet reported.

The “So Sick” singer, 43, will also pay Renay, 36, $12,000 a month in child support for the three children they share, and he will foot any education-related expenses, too. They agreed to joint custody of the kids.

Finally, Ne-Yo will give Renay $5,000 per month in alimony for the next three years.

Renay filed for divorce from Ne-Yo in August 2022 after she publicly accused him of cheating on her.

“To say I’m heartbroken and disgusted is a understatement. To ask me to stay and accept it is absolutely insane,” she said at the time. “The mentality of a narcissist. I will no longer lie to the public or pretend that this is something it isn’t.”

Within the divorce filing, however, Renay alleged that Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, had fathered a child with another woman, whom she described as his “paramour.”

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Splash House Announces Dates for 10 Year Anniversary Season

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Splash House Announces Dates for 10 Year Anniversary Season

For the last ten years, Splash House has continually redefined the summer festival, fostering a boutique experience in the heart of Palm Springs, ahead of its time music curation, and devout community. In celebration of this milestone, Splash House 2023 returns this summer for its second triple-weekender season June 9-11, August 11-13, and August 18-20.

The event has evolved from a renegade poolside weekender into one of the most in-demand dance music festivals in North America, all the while retaining a distinct sense of style rooted in the culture and allure of Palm Springs. Vast desert landscapes and unique accommodations at the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro Hotels converge with fashion-forward audiences and forward-thinking musical bookings to create a new way to experience the travel hotspot.

In turn, Splash House has attracted a new generation of travelers to the desert city, which saw an economic impact of $6.7M per weekend from the three event weekends alone in 2022.

Chairman of PS Resorts Aftab Dada said on Splash House’s decade-long role in driving youth travel in the area, “Splash House is a home grown and incredibly successful music event for the City of Palm Springs and our destination. It has revitalized tourism in our slow summer months and attracted a younger generation. The festival is proof that Palm Springs is a destination for all ages”.

Scott White, President & CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs added, “Splash House was a game-changer 10 years ago, attracting new visitors to Greater Palm Springs during our Summer months. We are excited about their continued success and the important economic impact this event has on our community”.

It remains the ease and comfort of the Splash House experience that makes it a favorite amongst its dedicated followers. All packages come with festival passes, a three-night stay at any of the three host resorts, and shuttle transportation between venues. Guests can relax in the comfort of a poolside room or catch their favorite artists from the balcony before making their way down to the dance floor.

At night, attendees can experience After Hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum while enjoying an open-air dance floor and witnessing artists perform alongside historic aircrafts, all backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains.

As a barometer for what’s next in electronic music, Splash House has hosted acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL, Flume, and Classixx before they hit the world’s stage, alongside global selectors like The Blessed Madonna, DJ Harvey, Dom Dolla, TOKiMONSTA, Kaytranada, and more.

Presale passes and hotel packages for all three weekends will be available to purchase on Thurs, February 9 at 12PM PT. Those interested can register for the presale now on their site. Check out all pass types and hotel package options on splashhouse.com. Alumni Access returners get first access at hotel packages and passes and can check their status on the website. GA passes start at $165 + fees and hotel packages start at $1,000 + fees. Guests must be 21+ in order to purchase.

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Dreamville/Interscope Records Exec Produce “CREED III” Soundtrack — “Ma Boy” by J.I.D & Lute Out Now

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Dreamville will executive produce the official soundtrack to CREED III alongside Proximity Media (Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis), Outlier Society (Michael B. Jordan) and Executive Music Producer Frank Brim. The acclaimed franchise’s third installment was directed by Michael B. Jordan and will feature music from artists within the Dreamville roster and beyond. At store turn tonight, fans will receive a taste of what to expect from the sonic world of CREED III with the release of brand-new track “Ma Boy” featuring Dreamville’s J.I.D and Lute. To listen to the explosive new collaboration later tonight, pre-save the link here: https://dreamville.lnk.to/MaBoy
Dreamville/Interscope Records worked closely with the franchise’s producers MGM, Proximity and Outlier to create a musical experience that fit not just the film’s needs but one that will be celebrated as its own piece of art — inspired by both the film and the coming together of various artists on a soundtrack that matches the film’s acclaim and impact on community and culture. The soundtrack will be released on March 3rd on Dreamville/Interscope Records alongside the film’s theatrical release.
Founded by Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole in 2007, the organization is home to Dreamville Records, a critically acclaimed and commercially successful record label distributed in partnership with Interscope Records. Dreamville Records is currently home to a variety of both established and up-and-coming music artists, including J Cole, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, Lute, and Omen. Dreamville has now evolved into the modern multidisciplinary entertainment and media company, Dreamville Ventures, which serves as the parent company to the aforementioned record label, as well as Studios, Apparel, Impact, and Festival divisions. As a diversified cultural hub, Dreamville continues to cultivate and create music, content, live events, and fashion as well as compelling ad campaigns with the industry’s biggest brands.
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999.  Headed by Chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres. Interscope Geffen A&M is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. www.interscope.com
 
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network MGM+, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
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Attempted rape charge against Man Utd star Greenwood dropped

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Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood. (more…)

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