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Host of Trump social media platform expecting more than 75M users

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Host of Trump social media platform expecting more than 75M users

The internet infrastructure company that will host former President Trump’s new social media platform says it expects the network to have more than 75 million users.

RightForge, which is known for hosting conservative sites, will host Trump’s “Truth Social” network, Axios first reported, with company CEO Martín Avila telling the news outlet on Monday that it has been “laying the groundwork” for Truth Social to have more than 75 million users. 

“That’s why there will be servers everywhere,” Avila said.

Representatives affiliated with the network declined to comment to Axios on whether RightForge is their provider.

The Hill has reached out to Trump Media & Technology Group for comment.

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WATCH: TikTok Won’t Say Whether China Can Access American User Data

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WATCH: TikTok Won’t Say Whether China Can Access American User Data

A TikTok executive on Tuesday refused to tell Congress whether the Chinese government could access American users’ data.

During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, TikTok head of U.S. public policy Michael Beckerman dodged repeated questions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on how the social media company’s close ties to Beijing affect American users. According to TikTok’s privacy policy, the company can share all user data with its “corporate affiliates.” Beckerman refused to say whether those affiliates include Beijing ByteDance Technology, a TikTok sister company whose board includes at least one Chinese Communist Party official.

Although TikTok denies it is controlled by Chinese entities, it has heavily censored content critical of the Chinese Communist Party, including videos that highlighted Hong Kong pro-democracy protests or mentioned the Tiananmen Square massacre. After those censorship standards were published in 2019 by The Guardian, TikTok announced it was changing its policies to allow more free expression. TikTok parent company ByteDance is based in China, which requires companies to hand over any data the government demands for national security reasons.

Beckerman also denied that TikTok had censored content critical of the Chinese government’s mass imprisonment of Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang province. Beckerman’s British counterpart admitted last year, however, that “there were some incidents where content was not allowed on the platform, specifically with regard to the Uighur situation.” That executive later recanted.

Cruz said that Beckerman “dodged the questions more than any witness I have seen.” Beckerman said the senator was peppering him with “gotcha questions.”

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Iran gas stations hit by massive cyberattack

Hackers in Iran address Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanding, ‘Where is the gas?’

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Gas stations across Iran malfunctioned on Tuesday, reportedly due to a massive cyberattack, according to Iranian state media.

With the details still hazy, speculation is rife about whether the purported attack came from the US, Israel or from local Iranian anti-regime groups.

According to reports, messages were posted in some systems that were hacked, addressing Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly and demanding to know, “Where is the gas?” The attack comes some two years after nationwide protests over gas shortages in fall 2019.

“The disruption at the refueling system of gas stations… in the past few hours, was caused by a cyberattack,” state broadcaster IRIB said. “Technical experts are fixing the problem and soon the refueling process… will return to normal.”

The Oil Ministry said only sales with smart cards used for cheaper, rationed gasoline were disrupted and that clients could still buy fuel at higher rates, the ministry’s news agency, SHANA, reported.

Last week, Iran carried out a complex and coordinated strike on US forces in Syria using up to five armed drones to attack the Tanf garrison at a key strategic point near the Jordan-Iraq border.

The attack was the latest in a series of drone strikes on US forces.

In a press briefing on Monday, US Envoy on Iran, Rob Malley, mentioned possible upcoming US action to deter Iranian aggression in the region although he declined to elaborate what those actions might be.

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