Top headlines in the news today, from Twitter down, Sen. Ben Sasse rips Trump, C-SPAN suspended Steve Scully, and Hunter Biden emails
Twitter down, suffers worldwide outage
Twitter users reported broad problems accessing the service Thursday afternoon across the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world, with the technical issues lasting for more than two hours.
- Reports of problems with Twitter began to spike just after 5:30 p.m. ET, and soared to over 53,000 complaints by 5:58 p.m. Those began to taper off about 20 minutes later.
- Users of the social service reported the inability to post tweets, access their timelines, or see notifications. On desktop and mobile apps, Twitter was displaying error messages that said, “Something went wrong” and “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”
- Twitter’s communications team wrote, “The recent issue was caused by an inadvertent change we made to our internal systems. Twitter should be working for everyone within the next few hours.”
- Twitter said there was no evidence the outage was caused by a security breach or hack.
Twitter this week blocked users from tweeting or retweeting a New York Post article about Hunter Biden.
President Trump reacted to the news:
GOP Sen. Ben Sasse unloads on Trump in campaign call
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has told constituents that President Donald Trump mocks Christian evangelicals in private and “kisses dictators’ butts.”
Ben Sasse excoriated President Trump in a telephone conference call with constituents this week, saying:
- Trump had mishandled the coronavirus response, “kisses dictators’ butts,” “sells out our allies,” spends “like a drunken sailor,” mistreats women, and trash-talks evangelicals behind their backs.
- Trump has “flirted with white supremacists,” and his family “treated the presidency like a business opportunity.”
- Trump could drive the Senate into the hand of the Democrats and cause permanent damage to the Republican Party.
In an audio clip of the call, obtained by the Washington Examiner, a female constituent asks Ben Sasse to explain “your relationship with the president” and wonders, “Why do you have to criticize him so much?”
But, two other Nebraska Republicans, U.S. Rep. Dan Bacon and state GOP executive director Ryan Hamilton, told the Omaha World-Herald that they disagree with Ben Sasse’s characterizations of the president.
“Senator Sasse is entitled to his own opinion,” U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, another Nebraska Republican, said in a statement. “I appreciate what President Trump has accomplished for our country and will continue to work with him on efforts which help Nebraska.”
C-SPAN suspends Steve Scully moderator for lying about Twitter hacking
C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully has been indefinitely suspended from the network for falsely claiming his Twitter account had been hacked following a public interaction with Anthony Scaramucci on the social media website about President Donald Trump.
Scully, the moderator of the since-cancelled second Trump-Biden presidential debate, told C-SPAN that he had lied about the supposed hacking attempt on Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the network.
“By not being immediately forthcoming to C-SPAN and the commission about his tweet, he understands that he made a serious mistake. We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions,” said C-SPAN in a statement.
Scully said in a statement that his tweet to Scaramucci was sent “out of frustration,” and that he lied about its origins when he saw that it had “created new controversy.”
“These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible. I apologize,” said Scully.
Here President Trump reacted to the news:
Biden doesn’t get one question on Hunter Biden exposé at ABC News town hall
Joe Biden was not asked a single question about The Post’s bombshell exposé on son Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings during his 90-minute ABC News town hall on Thursday evening.
Moderator George Stephanopoulos and undecided voters asked the Democratic nominee about everything from mandating a COVID-19 vaccine to how he’d handle a defeat on Nov. 3, but no one pressed Biden on newly unearthed emails which showed Hunter Biden selling access to his then-vice president dad.
It was Biden’s first televised interview since The Post made public a tranche of documents from a laptop which allegedly belonged to Biden’s oft-troubled son.