Tech firm is fighting a federal order for data on visitors to an anti-Trump website

From the Washington Post:

A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.

“What we have is a sweeping request for every single file we have” in relation to, said Chris Ghazarian, general counsel for DreamHost, which hosts the site. “The search warrant is not only dealing with everything in relation to the website but also tons of data about people who visited it.”

The request also covers emails between the site’s organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database, according to the warrant and Ghazarian.

The request, which DreamHost made public Monday, set off a storm of protest among civil liberties advocates and within the tech community.

“What you’re seeing is pure prosecutorial overreach by a politicized Justice Department, allowing the Trump administration to use prosecutors to silence critics,” Ghazarian said.

Trump Deletes Retweet of Meme Depicting CNN Getting Hit by a Train

From Mediaite:

As you can see, Trump previously re-posted someone who put up a cartoon showing CNN getting run over by him and his team. This comes a day after the president denounced the network as “fake news” when questioned by White House correspondent Jim Acosta

Last month, Trump created major online commotion when he retweeted a meme of himself wrestling the CNN logo to the ground in a WWE beatdown. The tweet sparked new controversy for the president due to the implications regarding free speech, the media, and how the president reacts to critical coverage.

Trump is currently facing backlash from critics who think that he mishandled the aftermath of the race-fueled riots over the weekend in Charlottesville. Trump declined to explicitly condemn the white supremacists involved in the scuffle at first, even after one of them murdered Heather Heyer by plowing his car through a crowd of counter-protesters.

Three CEOs walk away from Trump after Charlottesville

Did they all think he was going to change? This is the same Trump that we saw during the campaign trail and for the past 30 years previous to that.

The chief executives of Merck, Under Armour and Intel all quit a presidential manufacturing council on Monday after Trump took two days to denounce white supremacy.

Most notable was Kenneth Frazier of Merck (MRK), one of the most prominent black executives in the United States, who said the nation’s leaders “must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

The aftermath of the violence at a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, represents the latest break between Trump, who sold himself as a businessman president, and leaders of corporate America.

They have also loudly opposed him on immigration and his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.