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2018.FEB.25 : American to Fight Twitter over Social Media Ban
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV S
Fight
faɪt
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
N AR P D
over
ˈoʊvər
 
N A S
Social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
Media
ˈmidiə
 
NV SD
Ban.
bæn
 
 
American to Fight Twitter over Social Media Ban.


 
A
ə
NVA S
white
waɪt
 
N A
nationalist
ˈnæʃənələst
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
NVA D
taking
ˈteɪkɪŋ
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NVA SD
court
kɔrt
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
NV
banning
ˈbænɪŋ
 
D
his
hɪz
 
NV D
account
əˈkaʊnt
 
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
NV
networking
ˈnɛˌtwɜrkɪŋ
 
NVA SD
service.
ˈsɜrvəs
ˈsɜrvɪs
 
A white nationalist is taking Twitter to court for banning his account with the social networking service.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NVA SD
case
keɪs
 
NV
comes
kʌmz
 
N A PSD
at
æt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
AR S
same
seɪm
 
NVA SD
time
taɪm
 
N RJ SD
when
wɛn
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
NV
networks
ˈnɛˌtwɜrks
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
NVA D
trying
ˈtraɪɪŋ
traɪŋ
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NVAR SD
stop
stɑp
 
A
hateful
ˈheɪtfəl
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
A
abusive
əˈbjusɪv
 
NVA D
content
ˈkɑntɛnt
kənˈtɛnt
N RJPSD
without
wɪˈθaʊt
wɪˈðaʊt
NV
appearing
əˈpɪrɪŋ
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV S
block
blɑk
 
A
unpopular
ˌʌnˈpɑpjələr
 
NV
opinions.
əˈpɪnjənz
 
 
The case comes at the same time when social networks are trying to stop hateful and abusive content without appearing to block unpopular opinions.
 
Jared
 
N
Taylor
ˈteɪlər
V
launched
lɔnʧt
R D
the
ðə(ði)
NVA SD
case
keɪs
N AR
Tuesday
ˈtuzdi
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
N
California,
ˌkæləˈfɔrnjə
 
Jared Taylor launched the case Tuesday in California,
N A PSD
at
æt
 
 
a
ə
NVA SD
state
steɪt
 
NVA SD
court
kɔrt
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N
San
sæn
 
N
Francisco.
frænˈsɪskoʊ
 
 
at a state court in San Francisco.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
VA
Associated
əˈsoʊsiˌeɪtəd
əˈsoʊʃiˌeɪtəd
NVA SD
Press
prɛs
 
 
(AP)
eɪ-pi
 
V
described
dɪˈskraɪbd
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N AR D
latest
ˈleɪtəst
 
N A SD
legal
ˈligəl
 
NV D
action
ˈækʃən
 
N AR P D
by
baɪ
 
 
right-wing
raɪt - wɪŋ
 
NV
groups
grups
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NV SD
people
ˈpipəl
 
VA
banned
bænd
 
A PSD
from
frʌm
frɑm
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
media
ˈmidiə
 
N
websites.
ˈwɛbˌsaɪts
 
 
The Associated Press (AP) described it as the latest legal action by right-wing groups and people banned from social media websites.
N
Taylor
ˈteɪlər
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV
founder
ˈfaʊndər
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
virginia-based
vərˈʤɪnjə - beɪst
 
NVAR SD
New
nu
nju
N S
Century
ˈsɛnʧəri
 
N
Foundation.
faʊnˈdeɪʃən
 
 
Taylor is the founder of the Virginia-based New Century Foundation.
JPSD
For
fɔr
 
NV SD
tax
tæks
 
NV
purposes,
ˈpɜrpəsəz
ˈpɜrpəsɪz
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A D
Internal
ɪnˈtɜrnəl
 
N D
Revenue
ˈrɛvəˌnu
ˈrɛvənˌju
NVA SD
Service
ˈsɜrvəs
ˈsɜrvɪs
NV
lists
lɪsts
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N
foundation
faʊnˈdeɪʃən
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
 
a
ə
N D
charity.
ˈʧɛrɪti
 
 
For tax purposes, the Internal Revenue Service lists the foundation as a charity.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
NVA SD
group
grup
V
operates
ˈɑpəˌreɪts
N A JP D
an
ən
AR
online
ˈɔnˌlaɪn
N S
magazine,
ˈmægəˌzin
 
The group operates an online magazine,
V
called
kɔld
 
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
N A D
Renaissance.
ˌrɛnəˈsɑns
 
 
called American Renaissance.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
N S
magazine
ˈmægəˌzin
 
NV
supports
səˈpɔrts
 
 
a
ə
N
belief
bɪˈlif
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
R
"entirely
ɪnˈtaɪərli
 
N A S
normal"
ˈnɔrməl
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
NVA S
white
waɪt
 
NV SD
people
ˈpipəl
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
want
wɑnt
wɔnt
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
be
bi
 
 
a
ə
N A SD
majority
məˈʤɔrəti
 
NV S
race.
reɪs
 
 
The magazine supports a belief that it is “entirely normal” for white people to want to be a majority race.
N A S
Social
ˈsoʊʃəl
N S
media
ˈmidiə
AR PSD
under
ˈʌndər
NV S
pressure.
ˈprɛʃər
 
Social media under pressure.
N A S
Social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
media
ˈmidiə
 
NV
sites
saɪts
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
NVA
facing
ˈfeɪsɪŋ
 
N A SD
public
ˈpʌblɪk
 
NV S
pressure
ˈprɛʃər
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
R D
quickly
ˈkwɪkli
 
V SD
identify
aɪˈdɛntəˌfaɪ
aɪˈdɛnəˌfaɪ
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NV SD
ban
bæn
 
NVA SD
material
məˈtɪriəl
 
VA D
considered
kənˈsɪdərd
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
be
bi
 
A
abusive
əˈbjusɪv
 
N J SD
or
ɔr
ər
A
hateful.
ˈheɪtfəl
 
 
Social media sites are facing public pressure to quickly identify and ban material considered to be abusive or hateful.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
 
AP
eɪ-pi
 
NV
reports
rɪˈpɔrts
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
VA D
suspended
səˈspɛndəd
səˈspɛndɪd
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV
accounts
əˈkaʊnts
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
 
well-known
wɛl - noʊn
 
NVA S
white
waɪt
 
N
nationalists
ˈnæʃənəlɪsts
ˈnæʃnəlɪsts
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N
December.
dɪˈsɛmbər
 
 
The AP reports that Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists in December.
N A PSD
At
æt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NVA SD
time,
taɪm
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
company
ˈkʌmpəni
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
V
enforcing
ɛnˈfɔrsɪŋ
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NV
rules
rulz
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
V SD
reduce
rəˈdus
rɪˈdus
A
abusive
əˈbjusɪv
 
NVA D
content.
ˈkɑntɛnt
kənˈtɛnt
 
At the time, the company said it was enforcing new rules to reduce abusive content.
NV
Twitter's
ˈtwɪtərz
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NV SD
policy
ˈpɑləsi
 
NV
targets
ˈtɑrgəts
 
A
hateful
ˈheɪtfəl
 
NV
images
ˈɪməʤəz
ˈɪmɪʤɪz
N J SD
or
ɔr
ər
NV
signs,
saɪnz
 
 
Twitter's new policy targets hateful images or signs,
V P D
including
ɪnˈkludɪŋ
 
A D
those
ðoʊz
 
NV
appearing
əˈpɪrɪŋ
 
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
N
user
ˈjuzər
 
NV
profiles.
ˈproʊˌfaɪlz
 
 
including those appearing with user profiles.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
company
ˈkʌmpəni
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
NVARJ SD
now
naʊ
 
NV
looks
lʊks
 
N A PSD
at
æt
 
A
hateful
ˈheɪtfəl
 
 
imagery
 
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
AR S
same
seɪm
 
NVAR SD
way
weɪ
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
AR S
strong
strɔŋ
 
N SD
violence
ˈvaɪələns
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NVA S
adult
əˈdʌlt
ˈædəlt
NVA D
content,
ˈkɑntɛnt
kənˈtɛnt
N A SD
which
wɪʧ
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
VA
banned
bænd
 
RJPSD
since
sɪns
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
N
creation.
kriˈeɪʃən
 
 
The company said it now looks at hateful imagery in the same way as strong violence and adult content, which Twitter has banned since its creation.
N
Taylor
ˈteɪlər
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
VA D
informed
ɪnˈfɔrmd
 
N D
him
hɪm
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N A JP D
an
ən
 
NV
email
iˈmeɪl
 
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
 
 
Dec.18
 
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
V
suspending
səˈspɛndɪŋ
 
D
his
hɪz
 
NV D
account
əˈkaʊnt
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NVA D
one
wʌn
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NVA SD
name
neɪm
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
N A D
Renaissance.
ˌrɛnəˈsɑns
 
 
Taylor said Twitter informed him in an email on Dec.18 that it was suspending his account and one in the name of American Renaissance.
N A SD
He
hi
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
V
claimed
kleɪmd
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV
accounts
əˈkaʊnts
 
VA
violated
ˈvaɪəleɪtɪd
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
company's
ˈkʌmpəniz
 
N
user
ˈjuzər
 
N
agreement,
əˈgrimənt
 
N A SD
which
wɪʧ
 
NV
bars
bɑrz
 
NV
ties
taɪz
 
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
 
"a
ə
NVA
violent
ˈvaɪələnt
ˈvaɪlənt
N A S
extremist
ɛkˈstrimɪst
 
NVA SD
group.
grup
 
 
"
 
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
V D
did
dɪd
 
N RJ SD
not
nɑt
 
NVA SD
name
neɪm
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A S
extremist
ɛkˈstrimɪst
 
NVA SD
group,
grup
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
VA D
said.
sɛd
 
 
He said Twitter claimed that the accounts violated the company's user agreement, which bars ties with “a violent extremist group.” Twitter did not name the extremist group, he said.
N
Taylor
ˈteɪlər
 
V
denies
dɪˈnaɪz
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
D
his
hɪz
 
N D
organization
ˌɔrgənəˈzeɪʃən
 
NV SD
support
səˈpɔrt
 
N SD
violence
ˈvaɪələns
 
N J SD
or
ɔr
ər
NV SD
have
hæv
 
NV
ties
taɪz
 
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
NV
groups
grups
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
NV R SD
do.
du
doʊ
 
Taylor denies that he and his organization support violence or have ties with groups that do.
D
His
hɪz
 
NVA SD
case
keɪs
 
NV
seeks
siks
 
 
unspecified
 
 
NV
damages
ˈdæməʤəz
ˈdæmɪʤɪz
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
V
restarting
riˈstɑrtɪŋ
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
Taylor's
ˈteɪlərz
 
NV
accounts.
əˈkaʊnts
 
 
His case seeks unspecified damages and the restarting of Taylor's accounts.
NVA S
White
waɪt
N
conservatives
kənˈsɜrvətɪvz
NVA
fighting
ˈfaɪtɪŋ
NV
bans.
bænz
 
White conservatives fighting bans.
N A SD
Similar
ˈsɪmələr
 
NV
cases
ˈkeɪsəz
ˈkeɪsɪz
NV SD
have
hæv
 
NV D
been
bɪn
bən
V
brought
brɔt
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N
California.
ˌkæləˈfɔrnjə
 
 
Similar cases have been brought in California.
N
Charles
ʧɑrlz
ˈʧɑrəlz
N D
Johnson
ˈʤɑnsən
 
V
brought
brɔt
 
 
a
ə
NVA SD
case
keɪs
 
PSD
against
əˈgɛnst
əˈgeɪnst
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
 
a
ə
 
Fresno
 
 
NVA SD
court
kɔrt
 
ARJPSD
after
ˈæftər
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
VA
banned
bænd
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
 
2015.
 
 
 
Charles Johnson brought a case against Twitter in a Fresno court after he was banned in 2015.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
VA
Associated
əˈsoʊsiˌeɪtəd
əˈsoʊʃiˌeɪtəd
NVA SD
Press
prɛs
 
V
describes
dɪˈskraɪbz
 
N D
Johnson
ˈʤɑnsən
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
 
a
ə
N A SD
conservative
kənˈsɜrvətɪv
 
N A S
activist.
ˈæktəvəst
ˈæktɪvɪst
 
The Associated Press describes Johnson as a conservative activist.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
NVA SD
court
kɔrt
VA D
has
hæz
NV RJ SD
yet
jɛt
NV R PSD
to
tu
NV SD
rule
rul
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
D
his
hɪz
NVA SD
case.
keɪs
 
The court has yet to rule on his case.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
N A
nonprofit
nɑnˈprɑfət
 
 
Prager
 
 
N A SD
University
ˌjunəˈvɜrsəti
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
V
brought
brɔt
 
N A SD
legal
ˈligəl
 
NV D
action
ˈækʃən
 
PSD
against
əˈgɛnst
əˈgeɪnst
NV
Google
ˈgugəl
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
 
a
ə
 
Los
loʊs
lɔs
N
Angeles
ˈænʤəlɪs
 
N A SD
federal
ˈfɛdərəl
ˈfɛdrəl
NVA SD
court.
kɔrt
 
 
The nonprofit Prager University has brought legal action against Google in a Los Angeles federal court.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NVA SD
school
skul
 
NV
claims
kleɪmz
 
 
YouTube
 
 
 
wrongfully
 
 
VA
blocked
blɑkt
 
N AR SD
some
sʌm
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
R
politically
pəˈlɪtɪkəli
ˈplɪtɪkli
N A SD
conservative
kənˈsɜrvətɪv
 
NVA D
content.
ˈkɑntɛnt
kənˈtɛnt
 
The school claims YouTube wrongfully blocked some of its politically conservative content.
N AR SD
Some
sʌm
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
A D
those
ðoʊz
 
N SD
who
hu
 
NV SD
have
hæv
 
NV D
been
bɪn
bən
VA
banned
bænd
 
NV S
report
rɪˈpɔrt
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
NV
networks
ˈnɛˌtwɜrks
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
R
unfairly
ənˈfɛrli
 
NV
blocking
ˈblɑkɪŋ
 
NVAR SD
free
fri
 
N S
speech
spiʧ
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NVA
limiting
ˈlɪmətɪŋ
 
R D
their
ðɛr
 
N A SD
public
ˈpʌblɪk
 
N
communication.
kəmˌjunəˈkeɪʃən
 
 
Some of those who have been banned report that social networks are unfairly blocking free speech and limiting their public communication.
N
Taylor
ˈteɪlər
 
V
claimed
kleɪmd
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
D
his
hɪz
 
NVA SD
case
keɪs
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
NV
Twitter's
ˈtwɪtərz
 
NV SD
ban
bæn
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
NVA SD
hurt
hɜrt
 
NV
efforts
ˈɛfərts
 
N AR P D
by
baɪ
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NVAR SD
New
nu
nju
N S
Century
ˈsɛnʧəri
 
N
Foundation
faʊnˈdeɪʃən
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
raise
reɪz
 
N A SD
money.
ˈmʌni
 
 
Taylor claimed in his case that Twitter's ban has hurt efforts by the New Century Foundation to raise money.
R
Politically
pəˈlɪtɪkəli
ˈplɪtɪkli
N A SD
conservative
kənˈsɜrvətɪv
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
N
users
ˈjuzərz
 
VA
filled
fɪld
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
media
ˈmidiə
 
NV
sites
saɪts
 
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
 
N AR
Wednesday
ˈwɛnzdi
ˈwɛnzˌdeɪ
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
NV
claims
kleɪmz
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
SD
they
ðeɪ
 
NVA D
lost
lɔst
 
N
thousands
ˈθaʊzəndz
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
followers
ˈfɑloʊərz
 
ARJPSD
after
ˈæftər
 
 
a
ə
 
"purge"
 
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
VA D
suspected
səˈspɛktəd
səˈspɛktɪd
N A
Russian
ˈrʌʃən
 
 
bots.
 
 
 
Politically conservative Twitter users filled social media sites on Wednesday with claims that they lost thousands of followers after a “purge” of suspected Russian bots.
 
"TwitterLockOut"
 
 
V
became
bɪˈkeɪm
 
 
a
ə
NVAR SD
top
tɑp
tɔp
NV
trending
ˈtrɛndɪŋ
 
NV S
story
ˈstɔri
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
VA
United
juˈnaɪtəd
juˈnaɪtɪd
NV
States
steɪts
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
N AR SD
several
ˈsɛvrəl
ˈsɛvərəl
N
hours.
ˈaʊərz
aʊrz
 
“TwitterLockOut” became a top trending story in the United States for several hours.
N D
Richard
ˈrɪʧərd
 
 
Spencer,
 
 
 
a
ə
NVA S
white
waɪt
 
N A
nationalist
ˈnæʃənələst
 
N R PSD
with
wɪð
wɪθ
NVAR SD
more
mɔr
 
RJPSD
than
ðæn
 
 
80,000
 
 
N
followers,
ˈfɑloʊərz
 
 
Richard Spencer, a white nationalist with more than 80,000 followers,
V
tweeted
ˈtwitɪd
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
 
he's
hiz
 
NVA D
"lost
lɔst
 
NVAR SD
close
kloʊs
kloʊz
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
 
1,000"
 
 
N PSD
of
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them
ðɛm
 
N AR P D
over
ˈoʊvər
 
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the
ðə(ði)
 
N AR PSD
past
pæst
 
N A SD
few
fju
 
N
hours.
ˈaʊərz
aʊrz
 
tweeted that he's “lost close to 1,000” of them over the past few hours.
N A SD
He
hi
 
V
added
ˈædəd
ˈædɪd
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N R SD
there
ðɛr
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
 
a
ə
NVA SD
"major
ˈmeɪʤər
 
 
purge
 
 
N R
underway.
ˌʌndərˈweɪ
 
 
"
 
 
NV RJPSD
But
bʌt
 
N AR SD
some
sʌm
 
N
hours
ˈaʊərz
aʊrz
N AR D
later,
ˈleɪtər
 
 
He added that there was a “major purge underway.” But some hours later,
N A SD
he
hi
 
V
reported
ˌriˈpɔrtəd
rɪˈpɔrtəd
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
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his
hɪz
 
N
followers
ˈfɑloʊərz
 
NV D
were
wɜr
 
R
slowly
ˈsloʊli
 
NV
returning
rɪˈtɜrnɪŋ
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
media.
ˈmidiə
 
 
he reported that his followers were slowly returning to social media.
NVAR SD
Last
læst
 
N AR D
Friday,
ˈfraɪdi
ˈfraɪˌdeɪ
 
U.
ju
 
 
S.
ɛs
 
NVA S
special
ˈspɛʃəl
 
NV
counsel
ˈkaʊnsəl
 
N
Robert
ˈrɑbərt
 
N
Mueller
ˈmjulər
 
V
charged
ʧɑrʤd
 
 
13
 
 
N
Russians
ˈrʌʃənz
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
 
a
ə
NV S
plot
plɑt
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
V SD
interfere
ˌɪntərˈfɪr
ˌɪnərˈfɪr
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
2016
 
 
A
presidential
ˌprɛzəˈdɛnʧəl
ˌprɛzəˈdɛnʃəl
N D
election
ɪˈlɛkʃən
 
N AR PSD
through
θru
 
N A S
social
ˈsoʊʃəl
 
N S
media
ˈmidiə
 
N A S
propaganda.
ˌprɑpəˈgændə
 
 
Last Friday, U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through social media propaganda.
NVAR PSD
In
ɪn
 
 
a
ə
NV
statement,
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
NV
tools
tulz
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
N RJ SD
not
nɑt
 
N A
political.
pəˈlɪtəkəl
pəˈlɪtɪkəl
 
In a statement, Twitter said its tools are not political.
SD
"We
wi
 
V S
enforce
ɛnˈfɔrs
 
NV D
our
ˈaʊər
 
NV
rules
rulz
 
N RJPSD
without
wɪˈθaʊt
wɪˈðaʊt
N A
political
pəˈlɪtəkəl
pəˈlɪtɪkəl
NVAR
bias,
ˈbaɪəs
 
 
"
 
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
V
added.
ˈædəd
ˈædɪd
 
“We enforce our rules without political bias,” it added.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
company
ˈkʌmpəni
 
NV
estimates
ˈɛstəməts
ˈɛstəˌmeɪts
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
AR PSD
about
əˈbaʊt
 
 
5
 
 
N AR SD
percent
pərˈsɛnt
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
NV
accounts
əˈkaʊnts
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
N A
unwanted
ənˈwɔntɪd
 
NV
emails
iˈmeɪlz
 
N J SD
or
ɔr
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bots,
 
 
 
The company estimates that about 5 percent of its accounts are unwanted emails or bots,
NV
programs
ˈproʊˌgræmz
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
NV SD
can
kæn
V S
infect
ɪnˈfɛkt
N
computers.
kəmˈpjutərz
 
programs that can infect computers.
NV
Twitter
ˈtwɪtər
 
NV
uses
ˈjusəz
 
AR SD
both
boʊθ
 
NVA SD
human
ˈhjumən
ˈjumən
N
workers
ˈwɜrkərz
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NV SD
computer
kəmˈpjutər
 
NV
programs
ˈproʊˌgræmz
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
remove
riˈmuv
 
A D
harmful
ˈhɑrmfəl
 
NV
accounts.
əˈkaʊnts
 
 
Twitter uses both human workers and computer programs to remove harmful accounts.
RJ SD
However,
ˌhaʊˈɛvər
 
SD
they
ðeɪ
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
NV SD
can
kæn
 
NV SD
be
bi
 
VA SD
difficult
ˈdɪfəkəlt
 
RJPSD
because
bɪˈkɔz
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NV
accounts
əˈkaʊnts
 
NV D
are
ɑr
 
NVAR SD
easy
ˈizi
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
VA SD
create.
kriˈeɪt
 
 
However, they said it can be difficult because new accounts are easy to create.
 
I'm
aɪm
əm
N D
Phil
fɪl
 
 
Dierking.
ˈdaɪərkɪŋ
 
 
I'm Phil Dierking.
N
Barbara
ˈbɑrbərə
ˈbɑrbrə
 
Ortutay
 
 
R
originally
əˈrɪʤənəli
əˈrɪʤnəli
V
wrote
roʊt
 
N AR SD
this
ðɪs
 
NV S
story
ˈstɔri
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
 
VOAnews.
vi-oʊ-ə-nuz
 
N
com.
käm
 
 
Barbara Ortutay originally wrote this story for VOAnews.com.
N D
Phil
fɪl
 
 
Dierking
ˈdaɪərkɪŋ
 
VA
adapted
əˈdæptəd
əˈdæptɪd
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
 
VOA
vi-oʊ-eɪ
 
NV
Learning
ˈlɜrnɪŋ
 
NVA
English.
ˈɪŋglɪʃ
ˈɪŋlɪʃ
 
Phil Dierking adapted it for VOA Learning English.
N
George
ʤɔrʤ
 
V SD
Grow
groʊ
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N
editor.
ˈɛdətər
ˈɛdɪtər
 
George Grow was the editor.
N AR SD
What
wʌt
 
NV R SD
do
du
doʊ
V SD
you
ju
 
NV SD
think
θɪŋk
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV D
difference
ˈdɪfərəns
ˈdɪfrəns
NV
is
ɪz
 
N R PSD
between
bɪˈtwin
 
A
hateful
ˈheɪtfəl
 
NVA D
content
ˈkɑntɛnt
kənˈtɛnt
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
AR S
strong
strɔŋ
 
N
beliefs?
bɪˈlifs
 
 
What do you think the difference is between hateful content and strong beliefs?
SD
We
wi
 
NV SD
want
wɑnt
wɔnt
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
V SD
hear
hir
 
A PSD
from
frʌm
frɑm
V SD
you.
ju
 
 
We want to hear from you.
NV SD
Write
raɪt
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
N A SD
us
ʌs
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV
Comments
ˈkɑmɛnts
 
NV
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ˈsɛkʃən
 
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NVAR PSD
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