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Republican FCC commissioner​ says Trump 'bears responsibility' for riots

Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who has been one of President Trump's most outspoken allies on Big Tech issues, on Wednesday said he believes the president "bears responsibility" for the riots that engulfed Capitol Hill last week.

"Political violence is completely unacceptable," Carr told reporters. "I don't care what cause someone was pursuing, how justified they felt they were or they weren't, it is absolutely unacceptable and should be condemned by everybody."

"It's clear to me President Trump bears responsibility," Carr said.

He did not directly respond to questions about if he supports Twitter, Facebook and YouTube's decisions to suspend Trump from social media. "My focus right now is where everyone's should be — the transition, making sure we get to January 20 and have this peaceful transfer of power to Biden," he said.

He said recent events have highlighted that Section 230 has "failed."

"You've got core political speech, this lawful speech that's getting censored," Carr said. "And on the other hand you've got speech that is, in a constitutional sense, illegal ... whether it's inciting insurrection, fighting words, that are staying up. And so our current approach is producing errors in both directions."

Carr added he'll have more to say on Section 230 and content moderation issues after the transition of power later this month.

Twitter’s future is newsletters and podcasts, not tweets

With Revue and a slew of other new products, Twitter is trying hard to move past texting.

We started with 140 characters. What now?

Image: Liv Iko/Protocol

Twitter was once a home for 140-character missives about your lunch. Now, it's something like the real-time nerve center of the internet. But as for what Twitter wants to be going forward? It's slightly more complicated.

In just the last few months, Twitter has rolled out Fleets, a Stories-like feature; started testing an audio-only experience called Spaces; and acquired the podcast app Breaker and the video chat app Squad. And on Tuesday, Twitter announced it was acquiring Revue, a newsletter platform. The whole 140-characters thing (which is now 280 characters, by the way) is certainly not Twitter's organizing principle anymore. So what is?

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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