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The Monkees to Release New Album, “Good Times!,” in June; Will Head Out on 50th Anniversary Tour in May

RhinoHey, hey, The Monkees will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer, and the group will mark the milestone with a U.S. tour, as well as with a brand-new studio album called Good Times! that’s scheduled to be released on June 10. The record will feature original tunes written specifically for the band by such modern-rock songsmiths as Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo, XTC‘s Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave‘s Zach Rogue.

Good Times! also will include songs penned by surviving Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and is being produced by Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock act Fountains of Wayne. In addition, the album will feature newly finished versions of tracks that the group began working on during the 1960s but never completed, including the Harry Nilsson-penned title track, Neil Diamond‘s “Love to Love” and Nesmith’s “I Know What I Know.” The vintage tracks will include contributions from the famous collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew.”

Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that he and Tork definitely will be contributing their talents to the album, although Nesmith hasn’t committed to taking part in the project. He also reports that OasisNoel Gallagher has agreed to write a song for the record. In addition, Dolenz reveals that “Love to Love” will feature the voice of late Monkees singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2012, and says he’s hoping to add his harmonies to the track.

The 50th anniversary tour, meanwhile, currently is mapped out from a May 18 concert in Fort Meyers, Florida, through an October 29 show in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; more dates are expected to be added. Only Dolenz and Tork have signed on for the trek, while Nesmith — who hit the road with his old band mates in 2012, 2013 and 2014 — has declined to take part because he’s busy writing a book and focusing on other projects.

“He’s always invited,” Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. “And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don’t see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us.”

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 12, and those purchasing tickets will receive a free download of Good Times! Here’s the full list of confirmed dates for the group’s 50th anniversary trek, according to

5/18 — Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
5/19 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/20 — Tampa, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/21 — Atlanta, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/24 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC – Belk Theater
5/26 — Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
5/27 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
5/28 — Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
5/29 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/1 — New York, NY, The Town Hall
6/3 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Casino Rama – Entertainment Centre
6/4 — Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
6/5 — Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
6/7 — Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
6/10 — Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
6/11 — Hammond, IN, The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
6/12 — Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
6/14 — Dayton, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/28 — Dallas, TX, AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
6/30 — Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
7/1 — Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Grand Lakes Ballroom
7/16 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/22 — Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming – Finish Line Theater
9/14 — Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
9/15 — Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater
9/16 — Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
9/17 — Las Vegas, NV, Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena
9/20 — San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
9/21 — Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
9/23 — Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/24 — Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/25 — Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
10/1 — Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
10/22 — Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/29 — Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University – H. Ric Luhrs PAC

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“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” Premieres on Showtime Tonight

Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee‘s documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop’s 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson‘s 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

“I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller,” Lee says, “And that’s really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson.”

Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ’s role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

“The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz,” says Lee. “He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house.”

Lee explains that ironically, Jackson’s anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album’s single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

“It’s evident that without Off the Wall, there would’ve been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that, like, ‘I’m going to show you!'” the director says. “He came back with a vengeance.”

Lee says that Jackson never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

“Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work,” Lee recalls. “When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance.”

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The documentary features archival footage of Michael, as well as interviews with his friends, family and famous fans, including with Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Verdine White, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reid, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of The Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, MJ’s mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Marlon and Jackie.

“People love Michael and so we’re very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world,” Lee says.

In addition to being screened on Showtime, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock with You,” as well as the hit title track and “She’s Out of My Life.” Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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Watch a Preview of Elton John Singing “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden

Cliff Lipson/CBSLate Late Show host James Corden‘s been killing it lately with his popular “Carpool Karaoke” bit, featuring Adele — whose episode scored record-breaking views on YouTube — and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin.  Now, he’s posted a preview of his next big “get” — Sir Elton John.

In the preview clip, posted on Facebook,  Elton and Corden sing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” with Corden, a classically-trained singer, showing off an impressive ability to harmonize.  He also threw in the same “Woah oh oh’s” that George Michael did when he and Elton re-released the song as a live duet in 1991.

The episode will air this Sunday on CBS as part of Corden’s big post-Super Bowl episode.

New Carpool Karaoke This Sunday!

Ladies and gentlemen, Sir Elton John.

Posted by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Helen Mirren Defends Academy in Oscar Diversity Debate

Helen Mirren accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for “The Queen” in 2007; Michael Caulfield/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Helen Mirren is defending the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Oscars diversity debate.

Asked about the controversy by England’s Channel 4 News, the 70-year-old actress said she thinks “it’s unfair to attack the Academy.”

“It just so happened this year it went that way,” she said Wednesday about the Academy’s failure to nominate any people of color in the top acting categories for a second year in a row.

She did acknowledge that “Idris Elba absolutely would have been nominated for an Oscar,” but explained that “he wasn’t because not enough people saw — or wanted to see — a film about child soldiers.”

Elba won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor last weekend for his role in Beasts of No Nation.

The bigger issue, Mirren added, “is what happens before the film gets to the Oscars.”

“What kind of films are made, and the way in which they’re cast, and the scripts,” she said. “So it’s those things that are much more influential ultimately than who stands there with an Oscar.”

The Academy recently announced that it was planning to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.

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Chris Rock Opens Up About Black Hollywood, the Oscars, His Future, in “Essence”

Image courtesy Essence magazine(NEW YORK) — With all the controversy surrounding Hollywood’s lack of diversity, Chris Rock seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders with his upcoming duties as host of this year’s Academy Awards.

The multiple Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning funnyman recently opened up to Essence magazine writer Isabel Wilkerson to share his views on Black Hollywood.

Regarding any contentious feelings about the success of his peers, Rock, who graces the cover of the Time Inc. publication, offered:

“It’s big enough for all of us. I always say that to people. Kevin Hart and I always talk about this. It never comes out of my check. If Kevin gets two million dollars, it doesn’t come out of my check. I’m not short ten million dollars because Kevin Hart has a big movie. Good for him. It’s a good thing for everybody….”

When it comes to the challenges African-American actresses encounter pertaining to their white peers, the Top Five star said:

“I’ve never done a  movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn’t gone, ‘Does the girl have to be black?’ It happens every time. Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect. Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there’s not one black woman in there with, like, a real part. It’s a real, real, real problem….”

The newly divorced father, who launched his career in 1990 on Saturday Night Live, pondered the future of his career, too: “I was with [Jerry] Seinfeld the other day. We were like, what we got? Five years? Six years? Literally. That’s not saying making a living. It’s saying, how much longer do you have where people are going to care what you say?”

Rock, who last hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, confessed about the prospects of this year’s ceremony: “It could go horribly wrong. Don’t ever think that it can’t. That’s when it goes wrong—when you don’t think there’s any chance of it going wrong. If you know it won’t, it probably won’t.”

The March edition of Essence magazine is on newsstands nationally on February 12.

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“MacGyver” Movie, TV Reboot Planned

CBS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Break out your Swiss army knife — MacGyver’s coming back.

Variety reports entertainment company Lionsgate made the announcement Friday during an earnings call, revealing both a movie and subsequent CBS TV show are planned.  The original series credit, Lee David Zlotoff, is on board, as is Neal Moritz, who produces the monster hit Fast and the Furious movie franchise.

MacGyver ran on ABC for seven years, from 1985 to 1992, and starred Richard Dean Anderson as the globe-trotting, troubleshooting adventurer Angus MacGyver, who refused to use guns but instead relied on his wits, ingenuity and ever-present Swiss army knife to get himself out of a jam.

“MacGyver” has since become so synonymous with clever improvised solutions, Oxford Dictionaries last year added it to its online dictionary.

No word on when the MacGyver reboot will hit the big and small screens.

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Two Planes Collide in Midair, Plunge Into Ocean Off Los Angeles

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — Two small planes collided in midair off the coast of Southern California on Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that the aircraft crashed into the ocean after the midair collision around 3:15 p.m. PT.

Emergency responders were searching through debris in the water as divers looked for victims after the incident.

The crash happened off the San Pedro harbor, close to Angel’s Gate lighthouse.

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Air Traffic Controllers Texting, Using Snapchat While on the Job, Documents Show

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — More than a dozen air traffic controllers were disciplined for improper use of electronic devices while at work over a three-year period, according to documents obtained by ABC News.

According to the documents that date back to October 2012 and obtained by ABC News owned station WABC-TV in New York through a Freedom of Information request, air traffic controllers were called out for, among other things, texting, taking a selfie, showing explicit material to others, and using Snapchat on the job. Others were cited for simply having their cell phones in the “on” position.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued suspensions or letters of reprimand in almost every case, the documents say. It appears that no one was fired.

The names of disciplined employees and the locations of reported incidents were redacted in the information provided by the FAA.

The FAA released a statement about prohibited use of cellphones in the air traffic control cab:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that cell phones be turned off inside our air traffic control operational areas. The current National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) contract requires cell phones to be set in the “off” position when in the operations area,” the agency said in a statement. “FAA employees who violate these rules are subject to disciplinary action.”

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) told ABC News that it “takes the issue of cell phone usage and workplace distractions very seriously.”

“Controllers cannot and should not be using their phones while on the job,” the statement said.

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Virginia Tech Student Had ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With 13-Year-Old Murder Victim, Source Says

Blacksburg Police Department(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — The Virginia Tech student charged with kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old girl is suspected of having a relationship with the victim that a source familiar with the probe characterizes as “inappropriate.”

The source would not elaborate on the relationship to ABC News.

Police have given very little information about the nature of the relationship between the 18-year-old college student, David Eisenhauer, and the victim, Nicole Lovell, who was found dead after being reported missing from her room on Jan. 27.

Eisenhauer was arrested and charged with murder four days later. His attorney has not commented on the case.

“Based on the evidence collected to date, investigators have determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance,” the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement released following his arrest. “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her.”

Eisenhauer’s friend, Natalie Keepers, was also arrested in connection with the case. Prosecutors said Eisenhauer allegedly told investigators that he had been with Nicole on the night she disappeared.

Eisenhauer allegedly told investigators that he had seen Nicole climb out of her window on the night of her disappearance. But he left after giving her a “side hug,” going back to the dorm of a close friend, later determined to be Keepers, Commonwealth prosecutor Mary Pettitt said in court on Thursday.

Investigators believe social media played a role in how Eisenhauer and Nicole communicated, and the app, Kik, released a statement saying that it was cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of the case.

Eisenhauer has been charged with kidnapping and first degree murder. Keepers was charged with being an accessory both before and after the fact as well as improper disposal of a body. Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for late March, but neither have had a chance to enter a plea yet.

Lawyers for both suspects have not made public statements regarding the cases.

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Dallas Police Open Criminal Investigation Into Johnny Manziel

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas police have opened a criminal investigation into Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel after a domestic violence dispute.

In a statement Friday, the Dallas Police Department said police “received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016” involving the 23-year-old football player.

“Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered,” said the statement.

On Thursday, police had said Manziel would not face charges for a domestic violence incident that happened on Saturday in which he allegedly hit his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley at a downtown Dallas hotel.

The news comes the same day a protective order was signed by a judge that stated the quarterback was not permitted to see his ex-girlfriend for two years. The order also required that Manziel pay $12,500 in legal fees.

Manziel and his girlfriend have been involved in previous allegations of domestic violence disputes before, including an incident in Ohio in October.

Manziel’s agent announced on Friday as well he would be dropping the quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as a client.

Paul Manziel, “Johnny Football’s” father, told the Dallas Morning News, “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”

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Louisville Announces Self-Imposed One-Year Ban for Men’s Basketball

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — As the NCAA investigates a potential scandal involving the University of Louisville’s recruiting, the school has decided to impose a one-year post-season ban on its men’s basketball team.

The ban comes after former escort Katina Powell claimed in a book that she and others were hired by former men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee to strip and sleep with recruits and players at an on-campus dorm.

The decision was announced at a news conference on Friday afternoon when University president James R. Ramsey said it was “reasonable to conclude violations [had] occurred in the past.”

“While this was a difficult decision, it was made in the best interest of the university,” Ramsey said Friday.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said the news was “painful” and it came to him as a “complete shock” because he had been “kept in the dark” regarding details in the investigation.

“Painful probably would, I could characterize it is one of the best understatements I could make,” he said.

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Meet Carolina Panthers Mascot ‘Sir Purr’

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The spirited mascot for the Carolina Panthers, “Sir Purr,” makes his way to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, where he will meet his match in Thunder III, the mascot for the Denver Broncos.

The feline will cheer on his team along with fans in Santa Clara -– purr-haps with plenty of hugs and belly shakes.

Watch the video below to learn about Sir Purr in a minute.

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Taiwan

STR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At least five people in Tainan, Taiwan are dead after an earthquake struck, says BBC News.

The 6.4 magnitude quake was just ten kilometers deep and centered on the southern end of the island.

More than 200 people have been rescued so far after a residential building collapsed and dozens other injured in the quake, says BBC News.

The United States Geological Survey assessment said the quake was shallow but that there was ‘severe’ shaking.

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Pentagon Releases Photos of Alleged Detainee Abuse by US in Iraq, Afghanistan

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon released 198 photos Friday that were taken as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse or mistreatment of detainees held by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2009.

The pictures were released in compliance with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004 seeking the release of 2,000 pictures the organization said documented what it called abuse or torture of detainees by the U.S. military.

The photos released Friday were taken by independent criminal investigators looking into 56 allegations of mistreatment and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2009, according to the Department of Defense.

Of those 56 allegations, 14 were substantiated and 42 were not, a Pentagon spokesman said, noting that 65 service members received some form of disciplinary action ranging from non-judicial letters of reprimand to life imprisonment. Of the 65 service members who were disciplined, 26 were convicted in courts-martial, the spokesman said.

Some of the photos are close-ups of parts of bodies that appear to show injuries such as bruising, while others show full-body images of detainees in various forms of detention by the U.S. military.

The ACLU filed its original FOIA request in October 2003, noting that “Recent news reports indicate that individuals apprehended after September 11, 2001, and held by the United States at military bases or detention facilities outside the United States (“Detainees”) have in some cases been tortured or subjected to interrogation techniques that are prohibited by international and United States law.”

In 2004, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to enforce the FOIA after photographs were published by media organizations showing prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

The 198 images were released by the Pentagon after they had gone through a review process required by the Protected National Security Documents Act of 2009 (PNSDA).

That 2015 review of some 2,000 photos taken by the investigators looked to see whether the photos should remain “protected” based on whether making the photos public “would endanger citizens of the United States, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, or employees of the U.S. Government deployed outside the United States,” the Pentagon spokesman said.

The photos released were deemed to no longer meet those criteria and have been made public by the Pentagon. The ACLU is continuing a legal fight seeking the release of the additional 1,800 or so photos currently in “protected” status.

“The disclosure of these photos is long overdue, but more important than the disclosure is the fact that hundreds of photographs are still being withheld,” ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said Friday in a statement. “The still-secret pictures are the best evidence of the serious abuses that took place in military detention centers. The government’s selective disclosure risks misleading the public about the true extent of the abuse.”

ACLU staff attorney Alex Abdo noted that the Defense Department is pointing to the “punishment of a handful of low-level soldiers.”

“[B]ut the scandal is that no senior official has been held accountable or even investigated for the systemic abuse of detainees,” Abdo said in a statement. “What the photos that the government has suppressed would show is that abuse was so widespread that it could only have resulted from policy or a climate calculated to foster abuse. That is why the government must release all of the photos and why today’s selective disclosure is so troubling.”

As a precautionary move, U.S. embassies have provided local warnings to U.S. citizens about the pending release of the photos in case they spark outrage overseas, U.S. officials said Friday.

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Twitter Reports Progress in Shutting Down ISIS Accounts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter’s pledge to eradicate terrorist-related accounts on its site has made great strides since the social media company devoted more resources to reviewing flagged reports and following through with suspending accounts, the company said Friday.

Since the middle of 2015, Twitter said it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts, many of which were supporting ISIS, according to a blog post Friday from Twitter. The social networking site has been leveraged by ISIS to recruit members and spread propaganda.

“Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” the blog post said.

Twitter increased the size of its teams tasked with reviewing reports of potentially terror-related threats. The company said it has also taken a proactive approach by using its “proprietary spam-fighting tools” that are capable of surfacing accounts that could potentially be in violation.

The results have paid off with Twitter reporting “an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off Twitter.”

“As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance,” Twitter said in a statement. “In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives.”

Twitter said it cooperates with law enforcement entities “when appropriate” and tries to strike a balance between legitimate security concerns and freedom of speech.

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