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The Ballad of Twitter and that Billionaire Bumpkin, Elon Musk

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Mar, 2024 10:26 am
Do you remember when when Elon Musk's biggest complaint against Twitter was his claim that a significant % of Twitter's accounts was spambots and they need him to fix that??
How the porn bots took over Twitter

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The routine of a loyal X (formerly known as Twitter) user remains relatively simple.

You open the app and scroll to see what The Discourse is for the day. Someone's thought entices you enough to prompt a glance at the replies.

But as you expand, you are suddenly flooded with throngs of desperate, half-naked women urging you to click their ░L░I░N░K░I░N░B░I░O░. The accounts themselves are usually barren of original posts, with a stolen image as the profile picture and a spammy link to a webcam site in their bio.

Oftentimes they don't have anything else on their profile. Sometimes they have a poetic musing about their interests, like, "I am looking for sex, but do you want?"

Twitter has long had a bot problem, but since moderation on the platform was gutted and paid users were given "prioritization" in replies, the landscape has changed. It's just one sign of the wider decay of social media platforms that's playing out right now.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 7 Mar, 2024 11:29 am
@tsarstepan,

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2024 09:14 am
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2024 02:18 pm
@tsarstepan,
Ya has ta ask?
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2024 02:19 pm
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2024 07:35 am
@bobsal u1553115,
RBG award ceremony canceled amid controversy over recipients
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A nonprofit has canceled the ceremony for an award named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg, after its choice of recipients outraged the late liberal justice's family.

The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation has presented the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leadership Award to accomplished women including Barbra Streisand and Queen Elizabeth II since its inception in 2019.

But this year, the Opperman Foundation selected four men, including conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch and billionaire Elon Musk, and Martha Stewart.

Ginsburg's family blasted the selection last week, saying the decision is an "affront" to the memory of the late justice and her values.

"This year, the Opperman Foundation has strayed far from the original mission of the award and from what Justice Ginsburg stood for," Jane Ginsburg, daughter of the Supreme Court justice, said in a statement.

By Monday, foundation Chair Julie Opperman issued a release saying it was canceling the April ceremony.

"This year we selected leaders in different fields. We honored men for the first time," Opperman said in a statement. "We thought RBG's teachings regarding EQUALITY should be practiced. We did not consider politics."
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 22 Mar, 2024 07:56 am
@tsarstepan,
It was the equivalent of Mango Jebus declaring himself akin to MLK or Abraham Lincoln. 180 degrees out of phase.

RBG isn't name of the prize so much as it is meant to be inspiration for the continuation of her ethics and her actions. Murdoch and Musk don't come within miles of RBG. Martha Steward may or may not. But these were not the three best candidates.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 22 Mar, 2024 08:04 am
@bobsal u1553115,
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Martha Steward may or may not.
i'm thinking jail time should automatically disqualify you for an award that was named after a SCJ...
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 22 Mar, 2024 02:22 pm
@Region Philbis,
I like Martha Steward a lot, especially after she was convicted. I think she showed class. She was found guilty of using inside information to dump $400,000 worth of stock. Compared to the abuse the laws regarding insider trading were meant to fix, she was not even on the map. She didn't whine, didn't delay going inside, she didn't appeal. She went inside and thrived.

I think she is pretty darn good person. I think I'd like to know her. The other two mooks are jerks.

If she was benefited by jail, if she had growth regarding law and how we treat the accused and the incarcerated, she might be the perfect recipient.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 24 Mar, 2024 09:07 am
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Mar, 2024 02:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
Judge dismisses Elon Musk's suit against hate speech researchers

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A federal judge has dismissed X owner Elon Musk's lawsuit against a research group that documented an uptick in hate speech on the social media site, saying the organization's reports on the platform formerly known as Twitter were protected by the First Amendment.

Musk's suit, "is so unabashedly and vociferously about one thing that there can be no mistaking that purpose," wrote U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in his Monday ruling, "This case is about punishing the Defendants for their speech."

Amid an advertiser boycott of X last year, Musk sued the research and advocacy organization Center for Countering Digital Hate, alleging it violated the social media site's terms of service in gathering data for its reports.

One of the group's findings, published in June, detailed how "racist, homophobic, neo-Nazi, antisemitic or conspiracy content" from paid users went unmoderated on the site.

During a February hearing, lawyers for Musk asked if the suit could be refiled against the research group, but Breyer declined that request. The judge said claiming the alleged data scraping was harming the platform's safety and security does not "make very much sense."

Judge is skeptical of Musk's claims
Researchers with the center say data was compiled using third-party tools that accessed publicly available information, but Musk contended that the group scraped large amounts of data from X without the company's permission, leading to a loss of advertising revenue in the tens of millions of dollars.

bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 25 Mar, 2024 03:12 pm
@tsarstepan,
Funny how that worked. Elon thought his 'right to be be ignored' as one of the most self aggrandizing megalomaniacs in history over rides the little peoples' right to free speech. I don't hear much from Elon, not because I have a court order, but because as someone else's green jacket had written on it: I really don't care, do u?
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 10 May, 2024 08:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
A Bad Day in Court For Elon.

A US district judge William Alsup has dismissed Elon Musk's X Corp's lawsuit against Bright Data, a data-scraping company accused of improperly accessing X (formerly Twitter) systems and violating both X terms and state laws when scraping and selling data.

X sued Bright Data to stop the company from scraping and selling X data to academic institutes and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies.

According to Alsup, X failed to state a claim while arguing that companies like Bright Data should have to pay X to access public data posted by X users.

"To the extent the claims are based on access to systems, they fail because X Corp. has alleged no more than threadbare recitals," parroting laws and findings in other cases without providing any supporting evidence, Alsup wrote. "To the extent the claims are based on scraping and selling of data, they fail because they are preempted by federal law," specifically standing as an "obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of" the Copyright Act.


Here's the order:
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/X-Corp-v-Bright-Data-Order-Dismissing-Complaint-5-9-24.pdf

A comment on Hacker News hits the nail on the head.

The topic here reminds me so strongly of Web Scraping for Me but not for Thee, which talks about how viciously companies are trying to fight scraping on the public internet. The use of contract law - writing whatever terms of use you want - to erode away at humanity's rights has been a long running war, and it's great to see some push back against companies being able to strip rights away from the public as they please (of course add in any DRM at all and suddenly that same exercise of rights is now a felony sooo don't get too happy yet). This could totally be a momentous red letter day!

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2024 12:50 pm
Elon Musk's Neighbors Fed Up With Eyesore Yard Covered In Broken-Down Cybertrucks

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BOCA CHICA, TX—Accusing the billionaire tech mogul of dragging down property values, neighbors of Elon Musk told reporters Thursday they were fed up with his eyesore yard covered in broken-down Cybertrucks. “I don’t know if the guy who lives there is sick or has fallen on hard times or what, but I’m sorry—that yard looks like absolute ****,” said Alaina Barett, who was one of several neighbors who had called 311 in response to the mess strewn over Musk’s front lawn, complaining that the ramshackle Tesla trucks were a public health hazard due to the multiple families of rats, opossums, and hornets that had taken up residence inside the vehicles. “You can tell those things haven’t run in a very, very, very long time. Occasionally you’ll see him out in the yard trying to work on one, but most of the time it just starts sparking. I don’t understand why he doesn’t just haul all that junk away. They’ve got to be worth at least something at the scrapyard.” At press time, Musk had been fined $250 by his neighborhood’s HOA.

https://www.theonion.com/elon-musk-s-neighbors-fed-up-with-eyesore-yard-covered-1851446594
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hightor
 
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Reply Tue 21 May, 2024 03:57 am
Elon Musk confirms his threat: give me 25% of Tesla or you don’t get AI and robotics
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2024 05:22 am
Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites could damage the environment for decades, study says
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hightor
 
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Reply Tue 25 Jun, 2024 01:43 pm
Elon Musk Is Destroying Rural Texas, Residents Say

https://www.reformaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ranews-texas-gravel-mines-1068x559.jpg

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Elon Musk’s tunneling company, The Boring company is destroying Texas’ natural beauty and has worsened the life quality of rural Texans, according to Bastrop residents, where the company is located.

“It is beyond heartbreaking, I could start crying just talking about it,” Flynn, 62, a Bastrop resident, told The London Times. “We had these incredible vistas of outstanding natural beauty. It was breathtaking — you’d pull over and cry because it’s so pretty. And now, it’s gravel mines.”

Boring moved to Bastrop in 2021, the town has about 12,000 people and is located east of Austin.

According to Flynn and her husband, since Boring arrived, the landscape has worsened, with trucks operating everywhere, earth mounds scattered in the fields, heavy machines, and new gravel and sand mines erected to support the company’s operations.

Also, there have been numerous environmental concerns about the company’s operation, the company has applied for a permit to dump 145,500 gallons of treated wastewater per day into the Colorado River. The company has also received complaints regarding its handling of wastewater in the area.

Other residents have expressed concern over the rising cost of living produced by the arrival of more Austin newcomers.

“[T]he Austin people are now having to move to Bastrop, the people in Bastrop are having to move out in the country somewhere,” Kenneth Kesselus, the town’s former mayor, told the Times. “We’ve got some houses that in a giant hurry went from half a million dollars to a million.”

However, Flynn hopes that there still will be people who fight to preserve the environment.

“I have three children and don’t want them to think it’s all over,” Flynn said. “I’m a big believer in the pendulum swinging back, and right now we’re in an extreme time of bullying and bad behavior and bad decisions and greed. But it’s going to swing back.”

Flynn owns a farm in Bastrop and an organic site in Austin.

reformaustin
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jun, 2024 06:57 am

Scott Galloway: Elon Musk's Twitter 'Literally the Worst Performing Business in History'

Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher discussed the historically bad performance of Elon Musk’s X, formerly Twitter, on a recent episode of their tech and business podcast, Pivot. Swisher introduced the topic by noting that Musk “no longer wants advertisers to go **** themselves.”

“We talking about Twitter? I’d love to talk about Twitter,” replied Galloway, a marketing professor and successful entrepreneur. Swisher explained the Musk news, adding, “He told advertisers to go **** themselves. And then he told Bob Iger to go **** himself. But he’s done an about-face. He and CEO Linda Yaccarino are here in Cannes courting advertisers. He’s appearing at a WPP event this week. For those who don’t know. WPP is one of the largest ad agencies. X reportedly lost 52% of its U.S. advertising revenue in 2024.”

“Talk about the strategy because it’s a lot of small and medium businesses. And by that I mean, porn,” Swisher asked Galloway, referring to the companies engaging with X. “Crypto and AI girlfriend,” joked Galloway, adding:

I don’t think there’s ever been in business. So let’s go to the other side. Nvidia at some point will own this entire city, much less this beach. But Nvidia is the most successful company in history, as registered by an increase in revenues over such a short time. No company has ever accomplished that. Going to the other end, no company over $1 billion in revenue has ever lost 60% of its revenues in a 12 month period in a non-war period. I don’t think that’s ever happened. Twitter is literally the worst-performing business in history since a change in ownership.

https://www.mediaite.com/podcasts/scott-galloway-elon-musks-twitter-literally-the-worst-performing-business-in-history/
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tsarstepan
 
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2024 07:15 am
Elon Musk Talks on the Phone With Donald Trump Several Times a Month: Report
 

 
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