Brian Cates

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X community adds a context note to Brian Cates post: Brian Cates posted in response to a post from Gen. Mike Flynn that praised Julie Kelly's efforts on behalf of the January 6 prisoners. Flynn's post received a Community Note explaining that the Governor of Florida has no jurisdiction over the January 6 alleged crimes and therefore can do nothing for those charged. Cates posted "This Community Note is bullshit. A President has no authority to issue a pardon to people who haven't even been arrested yet or charged with any crime." X added a label to the post that read "Readers added context they thought people might want to know." The added context read, "The president does have the described authority. Since 1866, the Supreme Court has held that the power to pardon 'may be exercised at any time after [an offense's] commission, either before legal proceedings are taken or during their pendency or after conviction and judgment.' supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/…"

The label is part of X’s Community Notes system. X users are able to sign up as contributors to add context to posts. X owner Elon Musk recently shared that any post with a Community Note added to it will be demonetized. The Community Notes account on X also posted to explain that notices will now be pushed to users that previously engaged with a post about any Community Notes added to it after the engagement.

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