Microblogging system – Ascension Risk Management http://ascensionriskmanagement.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 19:56:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Microblogging system – Ascension Risk Management http://ascensionriskmanagement.com/ 32 32 Twitter alternative Hive surges into US App Store’s top 20 after surge in sign-ups – TechCrunch https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/twitter-alternative-hive-surges-into-us-app-stores-top-20-after-surge-in-sign-ups-techcrunch/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 19:49:33 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/twitter-alternative-hive-surges-into-us-app-stores-top-20-after-surge-in-sign-ups-techcrunch/ In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, users fled to other social apps like open-source microblogging platform Mastodon and niche communities like CounterSocial. Now, another social app called Hive is seeing a surge in signups in response to Twitter’s upheaval. The app finds itself in the top 20 of the US App Store […]]]>

In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, users fled to other social apps like open-source microblogging platform Mastodon and niche communities like CounterSocial. Now, another social app called Hive is seeing a surge in signups in response to Twitter’s upheaval. The app finds itself in the top 20 of the US App Store today after seeing renewed interest over the weekend as the situation on Twitter continues to evolve.

Founded in 2019 by then 22-year-old Kassandra Pop, Hive is not a direct Twitter clone. Instead, the Gen Z-focused social app was described in a Teen Vogue profile last year as combining concepts from various social networks, including Instagram and Twitter and even MySpace — the latter thanks to a feature which allows Hive users to add music to their profiles, among other things.

The app is also not purely timeline-based, like Twitter is. In addition to the main feed, Hive users can explore their interests through a range of themed communities, such as science, technology, cars, music, fashion, pets, crafts, books, travel, games, art, food and many more. . Here, users can like, comment, and repost shared content, like on other social networks, as well as click on hashtags for further reading.

In some ways Hive may feel more comfortable for old Twitter users looking for a new home, as the app has a simple and familiar set of navigation options – there are tabs to display the timeline or the main feed, a “Discover” section to explore the social network, a tab to access your profile, and another for your notifications for example. In the center there is a button to create a new message.

Hive also uses the same follower-based model as Twitter, as opposed to the mutual friendship model you’ll find on a network like Facebook.

However, unlike most social networks, Hive eschews personalization algorithms in favor of a chronological feed and does not monetize using ads. Instead, Hive offers users the option to pay to unlock additional slots that allow them to showcase more of their favorite music on their profile. These range from $0.99 for a second slot to $1.99 for a third or fourth slot, the app’s App Store listing says.

Hive gained traction in the weeks leading up to Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and the days after. According to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, around 214,000 of Hive’s 733,000 lifetime installs on iOS and Android came in the last 30 days alone. It’s worth noting that Hive appears to have caught the eye of those outside the US — its non-US installs account for about 86% of Hive’s total downloads, Sensor Tower said.

Picture credits: Hive

The app saw a further surge in registrations starting on Friday and continuing through the weekend.

Perhaps not coincidentally, it was around the time Musk decided to welcome former President Donald Trump back to Twitter by unlocking his account. Although Trump has yet to tweet, saying he prefers his own Truth Social app, it appears Musk’s decision was enough to spur even more Twitter users to seek out alternatives as they consider leave the ship.

Data from Sensor Tower indicates that Hive has gained approximately 144,000 new installs over the past few days (Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, 2022). 22,000 of those installs were from the United States alone, he says. During this time, the app also went from the #338 overall iPhone app on the US App Store to the #17 app today. And it’s the #3 app in the Social Media category right now.

According to Hive’s TikTok posts, the app crashed over the weekend as another 80,000 people signed up to check it out. Since this morning, Hive’s Twitter account reported the app now has “nearly 900,000” registered users in total. (This number doesn’t exactly match Sensor Tower’s download estimates, but third-party data isn’t an exact science.)

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This weekend isn’t the first time Hive has seen an influx of new users. The app also saw a brief surge in downloads in February 2021, when it saw 439,000 new installs, 64% of which came from the United States, according to data from Sensor Tower. The increase can be attributed to the founder’s decision to pay a TikTok influencer to create a video, which resulted in some 250,000 installs within days, she claimed at the time.

Hive’s appeal may not just be due to its blend of social media concepts or its ease of use compared to signing up for Mastodon, which has confused some potential users who don’t understand how choosing a server or what “federates” means. As with BeReal, Gen Z seems more drawn to new social networks run by independent founders, not launched by big tech brands.

The app has previously been spotted raising funds on WeFunder, but has not made any official fundraising announcements. (The app, which is available on Hivesocial.app, should not be confused with the former Hive Social app, previously hosted on hivesocial.com and promoted by “The Bachelorette” contestant Peter Kraus.)

We had trouble finding Hive on Twitter via search, where it ranked #30 for a search of the keywords “hive social” (no quotes) and didn’t show up at all if you searched for “hive app “. The app’s actual Twitter account is “@TheHIVE_Social“, but even a search for “thehive_social” specifically returns only the founder’s twitter account. Go!

Hive has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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Elon Musk’s Twitter threatens to die slowly or quickly amid mass exodus https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musks-twitter-threatens-to-die-slowly-or-quickly-amid-mass-exodus/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:18:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musks-twitter-threatens-to-die-slowly-or-quickly-amid-mass-exodus/ Elon Musk’s managerial bombshells on Twitter have so thinned the ranks of software engineers who keep the de facto global public square operational that industry insiders and programmers who were fired or resigned this week are doomed. OK: Twitter may soon unravel so badly that it may actually crash. Musk ended a very public row […]]]>

Elon Musk’s managerial bombshells on Twitter have so thinned the ranks of software engineers who keep the de facto global public square operational that industry insiders and programmers who were fired or resigned this week are doomed. OK: Twitter may soon unravel so badly that it may actually crash.

Musk ended a very public row with nearly two dozen coders critical to the stability of the microblogging platform by ordering their firing this week. Hundreds of engineers and other workers then quit after he demanded they pledge to do “extremely hard” work by Thursday night or quit with severance pay.

The most recent departures mean the rig is losing workers just as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which opens on Sunday. It’s one of Twitter’s busiest events, when tweet surges put a strain on its systems.

“Looks like he’s going to blow up Twitter,” said Robert Graham, a veteran cybersecurity entrepreneur. ‘I don’t see how the lights won’t go out anytime soon’ – although many recent Twitter departures have predicted a more gradual death.

Hundreds of employees signaled they were leaving before Thursday’s deadline, posting goodbye messages, a hello emoji or other familiar symbols on the company’s internal Slack message board, employees say who still have access to it. Dozens of people also took to Twitter publicly to announce they were logging off.

Earlier in the week, some got so angry at Musk’s perceived recklessness that they took to Twitter to insult the CEO of Tesla and Space X. ‘Kiss my ass, Elon,’ an engineer said , adding lipstick marks. She had been fired.

Twitter management sent an unsigned email after Thursday’s deadline saying its offices would be closed and access to employee badges would be disabled until Monday. No reason was given, according to two employees who received the email – one who accepted severance pay, the other still on payroll. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

A trusted phalanx of Tesla coders by his side as he ransacked a once-friendly workspace, Musk seemed unbothered.

“The best people stay, so I’m not super worried,” he said. tweeted Thursday evening. But it soon became clear that some crucial programming teams had been completely gutted.

Indicating how short on programmers he is, Musk sent emails to all hands on Friday summoning “anyone who actually writes software” to his command post on the 10th floor of Twitter at 2 p.m. – asking that they steal in San Francisco if they’re not local, said the employee who quit Thursday but was still receiving emails from the company.

After taking over Twitter less than three weeks ago, Musk laid off half of the company’s 7,500 full-time employees and countless contractors responsible for content moderation and other crucial efforts. Then came this week’s ultimatum.

Three engineers who left this week told The Associated Press why they expect considerable inconvenience for Twitter’s more than 230 million users now that more than two-thirds of Twitter’s core service engineers before Musk apparently left. While they don’t anticipate a near-term meltdown, Twitter could get very rough around the edges, especially if Musk makes major changes without too much off-platform testing.

Signs of fraying were evident ahead of Thursday’s massive release. People reported seeing more spam and scams on their feeds and in their direct messages. Engineers flagged dropped tweets. People got weird error messages.

Still, nothing critical broke. Still.

“There’s a betting pool for when that happens,” said one of the engineers, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from Musk that could impact their careers and finances.

Another said that if Twitter shuts down servers and “high volume suddenly comes in, it might start crashing.”

“The World Cup is the biggest event for Twitter. It’s the first thing you learn when you log on to Twitter,” he said.

With earlier layoffs of curation employees, Twitter’s trending pages were already suffering. The engineering fireworks began on Tuesday when Musk announced on Twitter that he had begun shutting down “microservices” he considered unnecessary “bloatware.”

“Less than 20% is actually needed for Twitter to work!” he tweeted.

This drew objections from engineers who told Musk he had no idea what he was doing.

“Microservices are how most large modern web services organize their code to enable software engineers to work quickly and efficiently,” said Gergely Orosz, Pragmatic Engineer blog author and former Uber programmer. There are dozens of such services and each handles a different feature. Instead of testing the removal of microservices in a simulated real environment, Musk’s team apparently updated Twitter live on everyone’s computers.

And indeed, one microservice briefly broke – the one people use to verify their identity on Twitter via an SMS message when they log in. This is called two-factor authentication.

“You have reached the limit of SMS codes. Try again in 24 hours,” Twitter advised when a reporter attempted to download its microblogging history archive. Fortunately, the email verification alternative worked.

One of the newly separated Twitter engineers, who had worked in core services, told the AP that groups of engineering teams had grown from about 15 people before Musk — not counting chiefs of staff. team, all of whom were fired – three or four before Thursday’s resignations. .

Then more institutional knowledge that cannot be replaced overnight is gone.

“Everything could break,” said the programmer.

It takes six months to train someone to perform an on-call rotation for certain services, the engineers said. Such rotations require programmers to be available around the clock. But if the person on duty isn’t familiar with the codebase, the failures can cascade as they frantically skim through the reference manuals.

“If I had stayed, I would have been constantly on call with little support for an indefinite amount of time on several additional complex systems that I had no experience in,” tweeted Peter Clowesan engineer who took severance pay.

“To make even relatively boring systems work, you need people who know where to go when something breaks down,” Blaine Cook, the founding engineer of Twitter, who left in 2008, said.

“It’s like saying, ‘These firefighters aren’t doing anything. So we’re gonna fire them all.

Engineers are also concerned that Musk is shutting down tools involved in moderating content and removing illicit material that people upload to Twitter — or that there just aren’t enough staff to make them work properly.

Another concern is hackers. When they have violated the system in the past, the damage reduction depends on their early detection and expulsion.

It’s unclear how Musk’s Twitter housekeeping has affected his cybersecurity team, which suffered a major black eye in August when the highly respected security chief Peiter Zatko fired by the company earlier this year. filed a whistleblower complaint claiming the platform was a cybersecurity shambles.

“A lot of the security infrastructure of a large organization like Twitter is in people’s heads,” said Graham, the cybersecurity veteran. “And when they’re gone, you know, everything goes with them.”

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AP Technology Writer Matt O’Brien contributed to this report.

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koo: Homegrown Koo plans to launch in the United States, the first market outside India https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/koo-homegrown-koo-plans-to-launch-in-the-united-states-the-first-market-outside-india/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:30:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/koo-homegrown-koo-plans-to-launch-in-the-united-states-the-first-market-outside-india/ Koo, a local microblogging platform that says it’s only within reach of Twitter, has global ambitions. The world is looking for an alternative to Twitter, and Koo is gearing up to fill that void by launching in the United States soon, its co-founders told ET. The company has already started creating tools and technologies to […]]]>
Koo, a local microblogging platform that says it’s only within reach of Twitter, has global ambitions.

The world is looking for an alternative to Twitter, and Koo is gearing up to fill that void by launching in the United States soon, its co-founders told ET.

The company has already started creating tools and technologies to adapt its Indian product to a global audience and will soon begin an outreach campaign aimed at recruiting global leaders and their supporters.

It also creates tools that allow users to not only get a verification ID for free but also import their tweets and followers.

“We want to take Koo to the United States, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Middle East and Africa. We see an opportunity in non-English markets as well as English markets as both are unhappy with Twitter,” Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder and managing director of Koo, told ET.

Koo is bigger than other global microblogging platforms such as Gettr, Truth Social, Mastodon, Parler and Gab, he said.

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With 50 million app downloads, Koo has become the second largest microblogging site in the world, just behind Twitter, Radhakrishna said.

“We are the only similar alternative with free additional features. We see ourselves as an opportunity to be exploited on a global scale,” he said.

There were “at least two million” additional downloads of Koo in the first two weeks of Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter from Tesla Inc, he added.

Unlike the proliferation of fake accounts following the introduction of the Twitter Blue feature in some countries, at least 95% of Koo users are verified through a mobile OTP, he added.

Koo also has a self-verification feature, where users can voluntarily enter the Aadhaar number, receive an OTP on an Aadhaar-linked phone, and automatically verify themselves with a green tick, said co-founder Mayank Bidawatka.

A third level of verification is for socially prominent people, who receive a yellow checkmark. Official verification is done by Koo.

The platform also has a host of fact checkers that will tell users what percentage of its fact checkers believe a claim is true.

Bidawatka said that while Koo offers suggestions for the type of people a user can follow based on location or interests, a similar feature is not available on Twitter.

Radhakrishna and Bidawatka said Koo is unlikely to need large investments for its global expansion. “We have raised $40 million so far and have enough money in the bank so far,” Radhakrishna said.

Most of the tools and algorithms needed for overseas expansion can be done from Bengaluru, Bidawatka added.

Koo has been made available in 10 Indian languages ​​in two and a half years since its inception.

It has also granted over 7,500 yellow eminence ticks and hundreds of thousands of green self-verification ticks to increase the transparency and credibility of the platform.

It is also working on adding more global languages.

The platform already provides features such as multilingual Kooing, language keyboard, topics in 10 languages, language translations, editing features and multiple profile pictures.

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Causes Legal Headaches – The Hollywood Reporter https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musks-twitter-causes-legal-headaches-the-hollywood-reporter/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:12:11 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musks-twitter-causes-legal-headaches-the-hollywood-reporter/ Elon Musk’s journey as owner of Twitter was rocky from the start. But, after seven months of negotiations and a lawsuit, he is now officially in charge of the microblogging platform and faces a new wave of headaches. There are legal threats over mass layoffs, advertisers fleeing the platform and widespread backlash after his proclamation […]]]>

Elon Musk’s journey as owner of Twitter was rocky from the start. But, after seven months of negotiations and a lawsuit, he is now officially in charge of the microblogging platform and faces a new wave of headaches. There are legal threats over mass layoffs, advertisers fleeing the platform and widespread backlash after his proclamation that blue checks would cost $20 a month – which Musk lowered to $8 after a public exchange with author Stephen King (whose response was, “Fuck that, they should pay me”).

Then, of course, there is its $44 billion investment. Musk – who brought in outside backers including Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, venture capital fund Sequoia Capital and cryptocurrency exchange Binance; convinced current shareholders Jack Dorsey and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to retain their shares in the company; and took out more than $13 billion in loans to fund its takeover – says the company is hemorrhaging money.

His answer ? Ax half of the company’s employees. On the evening of November 3, Twitter staff were informed via an internal memo that layoffs were imminent. Living under the sword of Damocles, staff members waited to receive an email the next day that would reveal their status: some would be told their jobs were safe through their company accounts, while others would learn that they were fired via a message sent to a personal email address.

In the end, about half of the staff was made redundant, according to a tweet from Twitter’s head of security and integrity, Yoel Roth, who noted that his department had only been reduced by 15%. Other teams were almost or entirely gutted, including communications, curation, human rights, accessibility experience and one known as META (Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency and Accountability). In total, around 3,700 people have been affected worldwide. “When it comes to reducing the strength of Twitter, unfortunately, there is no other choice when the company is losing over $4 million a day,” Musk said. tweeted November 4.

Faegre Drinker labor and employment partner Gerald Hathaway said if Musk’s loss claim was accurate, something had to be done, but he hopes other cost-cutting measures have been explored. . “All of the firings are messy and all involve moving targets,” Hathaway says. “A poorly implemented layoff can cost a business more than it was expected to save. I suspect this layoff isn’t badly implemented, despite the unusual public attention given to it.

As soon as this internal memo was leaked, critics on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet immediately assumed that Musk had broken regulations regarding mass layoffs.

Under the federal WARN (Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act), companies with more than 100 employees are required to give notice before a layoff if it affects more than 500 people, sometimes less if it is a layoff. at least one-third of the workforce at a given site. Some states have stricter guidelines. In California, any company with 75 or more employees requires notice of termination of 50 or more employees within a 30-day period, regardless of the percentage of the workforce. In New York, the law covers private sector employers with 50 or more employees and WARN notices are required if the layoff affects 33% of the workforce (at least 25 employees) or 250 employees at a single site .

Screenshots of emails to staff quickly started making the rounds. Those who were terminated were told they would no longer be working, but “will remain employed by Twitter and will receive compensation and benefits until your separation date of January 4, 2023.” Another version of the message listed a separation date of February 2. These timelines are consistent with the 60 and 90 day notice periods required in California and New York, respectively. The terminated employees were also told other information about the departure, including their severance offer and a separation agreement and release of claims would come later. A copy of the WARN notice and an FAQ document appear to have been attached. (The company didn’t respond to a question about the email or direct message messages on Twitter, which isn’t entirely surprising since almost the communications team was reportedly fired. Musk’s DMs are not open.)

Hathaway remarks, “It is perfectly fine to place employees on paid leave during a WARN notice period. Compliance with WARN, even with 60 days paid leave, is much cheaper than non-compliance.

It is important to note that severance pay only comes into effect upon termination of employment, so any compensation or benefit received under such an offer should come after and in addition to payment and benefits received during the WARN Notice Period. This is also when employees should waive their claims against the company in exchange for this compensation.

Employment lawyers consulted by The Hollywood Reporter criticizing Musk’s approach, with one calling it “inhumane,” but it appears he met the demands. According to three WARN notices obtained from the California Department of Employment Development as of Nov. 4, the layoffs affected nearly 1,000 employees in the state. Meanwhile, 418 people in the New York office have been laid off, according to a WARN notice filed with labor officials there. (Reviews are embedded below.)

Prior to the emails being sent, on November 3, a group of five former Twitter employees filed a class action lawsuit alleging violations of federal and state WARN law. Three of them say that on Thursday they “were blocked on their Twitter accounts, which they understood to signal that they were fired”. There are no details on any of the complainants other than that he lives in Hawaii and works for Twitter’s corporate headquarters. The latest complainant, Emmanuel Cornet, alleges in the complaint that he was notified on November 1 that he was “terminated with immediate effect” and that he received no severance pay. In a blog post Cornet wrote the same day and titled “Bye Twitter,” he said he thought he was fired because of his “troublemaker” vibe. He referenced a meeting with HR over life cartoons he made on Twitter, and said the day he was released he shared internally a browser extension he had created to automatically download their Gmail conversations. Cornet also embedded what he says is a copy of his termination email, which states that his “recent behavior violated multiple policies.” The complaint characterizes his dismissal as “an early example of the intended mass dismissal”, rather than a dismissal for cause.

Their lawyer, Shannon Liss-Riordan, did not respond to a request for comment – but on November 8 an amended complaint was filed. There is still a WARN Act claim, which refers to Cornet and unnamed “other employees.” But, now, there are also breach of contract claims related to severance pay and remote work.

The April 25 merger agreement that Musk filed with the SEC stipulated that for a period of one year after the deal closes, Twitter would provide “severance and benefits…which are no less favorable ” than those offered before the sale. While it’s unclear whether the SEC could take action if the severance offers fail to meet that bar, Hathaway says “there was no contractual right created by such statements for the benefit of employees.”

Liss-Riordan argues that employees were third-party beneficiaries of the agreement, and that these “promises were communicated to employees orally (including in periodic ‘all hands’ meetings) and in writing by Twitter management, including including its former CEO, human resources staff and others.”

“For a number of employees who were terminated, Twitter gave 60 days notice and informed them that they would receive severance pay in the amount of one month’s pay…after their termination date. dismissal on January 4, 2023,” Liss-Riordan wrote in the amended complaint. “However, Twitter’s previous policy provided for greater severance and benefits for terminated employees. The previous policy provided for at least two months salary (or more, depending on the seniority of the employee), a bonus plan, the cash value of equity that would have been acquired within three months of the date of separation and a cash contribution for continued health care.

In that same Nov. 4 tweet that mentioned the financial losses, Musk said, “Everyone out was offered 3 months of severance, 50% more than the legal requirement.”

It’s unclear whether Musk was including WARN notice payments in this reference to three-month severance, but the complaint argues that he is effectively confusing the two.

Liss-Riordan asks the court to prevent Twitter from soliciting employees to sign separation agreements unless it informs them of their rights under WARN, as well as the existence of this lawsuit, and gives them its contact information. She is currently representing a different set of plaintiffs in a similar suit against Musk’s other company, Tesla. That fight was forced into arbitration in October. (The Hawaii-based employee appears to have survived the layoffs, but the amended complaint alleges that Musk revoked the option to work remotely and that the person missed the opportunity to seek new employment when the market was “more favorable” .)

In addition to litigation from those workers, Musk has drawn user ire over his bedside manner amid the platform’s layoffs and future plans.

“The way Musk/Twitter let people know they might be fired and then informed those who were fired that they had in fact been chosen to be fired, was extremely disrespectful to workers and how a job loss affects their lives,” says employment lawyer Ann Fromholz of The Fromholz Firm. “And as discussed all over social media, the teams Musk chose to eliminate seem to speak volumes about his priorities for the company going forward.”

In addition to the blue check debacle – which may or may not now include “official” labels it can’t be bought – he’s angry at his early cancellation of Donald Trump, his stance on parody accounts and indications that he will scale back moderation in the name of free speech. (Although he promised advertisers it wouldn’t become “a free-for-all hellscape.”)

Twitter power users have expressed dismay over whether to leave the platform and whether there is a viable alternative. While some are already gone, others are taking a wait-and-see approach, reluctantly conceding Musk’s point in a Nov. 8 tweet: “Twitter is the worst! But also the best.

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‘Hot Take’: The Elon Musk vs AOC ‘free speech’ debate has taken a new turn. Read here https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/hot-take-the-elon-musk-vs-aoc-free-speech-debate-has-taken-a-new-turn-read-here/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 12:44:12 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/hot-take-the-elon-musk-vs-aoc-free-speech-debate-has-taken-a-new-turn-read-here/ Ever since new Twitter owner Elon Musk declared that a blue tick or verified status would cost $8 a month, US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and the CEO of Tesla have been at war with tweets. In a first tweet, AOC denounced the SpaceX CEO’s advocacy of “freedom of speech” with the fees collected for […]]]>

Ever since new Twitter owner Elon Musk declared that a blue tick or verified status would cost $8 a month, US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and the CEO of Tesla have been at war with tweets. In a first tweet, AOC denounced the SpaceX CEO’s advocacy of “freedom of speech” with the fees collected for a verified Twitter account.

In her tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “Lmao at a billionaire seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan.” To that, Musk had replied, “Comments appreciated, now pay $8.”

The wild encounter didn’t stop there.

AOC later took a screenshot of her profile notifications and claimed that her Twitter profile had been “blocked” since she “upset” Elon Musk.

“Yo @elonmusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just to have their app blocked when they say something you don’t like? This is what my app has been like since my tweet upset you yesterday. What’s good? Doesn’t seem very free speech to me,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

avengers actor Mark Ruffalo entered the conversation at this point. He retweeted AOC’s tweet and asked Elon Musk to “get off Twitter” and “keep Tesla and SpaceX working”. “You’re destroying your credibility. It’s just not pretty,” Ruffalo wrote.

However, the microblogging platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, has now gotten the chance to address all of his critics on the social media platform.

Elon Musk is currently facing a backlash over his latest decision to charge Twitter users $8 a month to get a verified account. However, Musk makes sure to respond to every troll and criticism with an epic response.

Musk didn’t let the opportunity slip this time either. He immediately replied, “Hot take: not everything the AOC says is accurate.”

To that, Mark Ruffalo replied, “Maybe so. This is why having robust filters for misinformation/disinformation and credible verified users has been a popular feature for individuals and advertisers. We need these guarantees to make sure this is accurate information, otherwise the app loses its credibility, just like you. And people leave.”

Twitter’s paid blue tick verification service is set to roll out in India in “less than a month”, said the microblogging platform’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk.

Musk, the CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc, completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter in late October, putting the world’s richest man at the helm of one of the most influential social media apps in the world.

He also fired the four main executives of the social media company, including CEO Parag Agrawal and legal director Vijaya Gadde.

Twitter then laid off the majority of its more than 200 employees in India in mass layoffs across the world ordered by Musk as he seeks to make the blockbuster acquisition work.

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Elon Musk under pressure, promises advertisers to prevent Twitter from becoming a “free-for-all hellscape” https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musk-under-pressure-promises-advertisers-to-prevent-twitter-from-becoming-a-free-for-all-hellscape/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 03:14:16 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/elon-musk-under-pressure-promises-advertisers-to-prevent-twitter-from-becoming-a-free-for-all-hellscape/ Elon Musk has promised advertisers to protect his new purchase, Twitter from becoming a “free-for-all hellscape”. Ad agencies have begun to worry about Musk’s leadership over how he will handle the spread of misinformation and hate. Read also | Image shows Twitter employee sleeping on office floor after Musk takeover The misinformation and hate issues […]]]>

Elon Musk has promised advertisers to protect his new purchase, Twitter from becoming a “free-for-all hellscape”.

Ad agencies have begun to worry about Musk’s leadership over how he will handle the spread of misinformation and hate.

Read also | Image shows Twitter employee sleeping on office floor after Musk takeover

The misinformation and hate issues started with Musk’s tweet about the attack on Paul Pelosi. Other issues include the increased cost of a Twitter subscription and the consideration of half as many ads. It’s hard for advertisers to contact anyone, as many ad and sales executives reigned supreme after Musk’s takeover.

As CEO for a week, Elon Musk is already under intense pressure to assure advertisers that the microblogging platform will generate more than $5 billion each year, after declaring his aversion to ads in 2019.

Media buyers told Reuters they would not meet Musk until he gave clear guidance on how Twitter works and how it will benefit advertisers. Another media buyer said he had already started freeing up his ad spend on Twitter due to concerns about content abuse.

Watch | Fine print WION | Musk says Twitter Blue Ticks will cost $8

One of them is IPG, a source close to the ad company said the company has asked customers like Coca-Cola to pause its advertising on Twitter.

To get a clear view of users, Musk polled Wednesday, October 2, on what advertisers support, free speech or political provocations. In the survey, more than 80% of them chose freedom of expression.

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Allie Wassum, Global Director of Social and Integrated Media for Footwear Brand Jordan on Lidlekn, said: “Unless Elon hires new executives committed to protecting this ‘free’ platform from hate speech, it is not a platform on which the brand can/should advertise.

The fuss over Twitter has grown over time, especially after the Twitter deal was finalized. It becomes difficult for Musk to deal with advertisers as ads generate more than 90% of the company’s revenue and many existing employees quit, encouraging Musk to remove employees from his company like Tesla and Neuralink to join Twitter.

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‘Configuration change’ behind Instagram’s global outage https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/configuration-change-behind-instagrams-global-outage/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 14:10:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/configuration-change-behind-instagrams-global-outage/ ‘Configuration change’ behind Instagram’s global outage Meta announced that the “configuration change” was the reason for Instagram’s global outage. The company said it fixed the issue that briefly made Instagram and Facebook inaccessible for some users, a media source reports. When attempting to load either site on a browser or desktop screen, affected users encountered […]]]>

‘Configuration change’ behind Instagram’s global outage

Meta announced that the “configuration change” was the reason for Instagram’s global outage. The company said it fixed the issue that briefly made Instagram and Facebook inaccessible for some users, a media source reports.

When attempting to load either site on a browser or desktop screen, affected users encountered errors such as “page not available” or “feed not refreshed”. But some users were unaffected and were able to load all of Meta’s services without any issues. Thousands of users from many parts of India and the world have reported issues with the app.

On Downdetector, an online platform that provides users with real-time information on the status of various websites and services, more than 900 users in India reported problems accessing Instagram. Many users have taken to microblogging platform Twitter to report the issue.

“Instagram freezes using Google Chrome browser. Can’t see stories or open user pages. It keeps loading,” one Instagram user said in a tweet. “Everything stopped working. Force close and clear cache. Even restarted my phone. Can’t see notifications. Can’t reply to comments,” another user commented.

During Instagram’s last outage in September, nearly 34,000 users said they had difficulty accessing the platform.

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The Center’s order to block the account must contain the reasons: Twitter to Karnataka HC https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/the-centers-order-to-block-the-account-must-contain-the-reasons-twitter-to-karnataka-hc/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 14:55:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/the-centers-order-to-block-the-account-must-contain-the-reasons-twitter-to-karnataka-hc/ The microblogging platform Twitter has submitted to the Karnataka High Court that orders issued by the Center to block accounts must contain the reasons for such directives. New Delhi,UPDATED: October 27, 2022 8:23 PM IST Twitter argued before the Karnataka HC that blocking orders issued by the Union Government must contain reasons. (Representative image) By […]]]>

The microblogging platform Twitter has submitted to the Karnataka High Court that orders issued by the Center to block accounts must contain the reasons for such directives.

New Delhi,UPDATED: October 27, 2022 8:23 PM IST

Twitter argued before the Karnataka HC that blocking orders issued by the Union Government must contain reasons. (Representative image)

By Kanu Sarda: Microblogging platform Twitter on Thursday, October 27, told the Karnataka High Court that an order issued by the Center to block an account should list the reasons for the same. Twitter’s submission was part of an ongoing dispute with the Union government over the blocking of social media accounts.

Twitter also insisted that a standard be put in place so that, if necessary, the order (issued under section 69A of the Computers Act 2000) could be challenged.

Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act grants the “power to issue directions to block public access to any information through any computer resource”.

Lead attorney Ashok Haranahalli, who appeared for Twitter, argued at length before Judge Krishna Dixit and stressed that a reasoned order to block any social media account is a necessity. He said, “The Indian government’s defense is not that due to overwhelming public interest, the reasons are not disclosed. How can I go to court if I don’t know the reasons?”

The court hears arguments from Twitter and the Union Government over orders issued by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) between February 2021 and February 2022 to block 39 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs ).

He added: “Suppose a defamatory article is published and the intermediary cannot be arrested for it. Blocking accounts and tweets is something else. But you will not be responsible for anything. authorities must come to the satisfaction that the content affects India’s interest, sovereignty, etc. and for such blocking orders, it is necessary to have in place an appropriate reasoned order.”

Haranahalli further stated that account-level blocking is tantamount to blocking future information and said, “Just because it is against our interests, should we block a foreign handle?”

In this regard, Justice Dixit observed that newspapers and social media have an important role to play in shaping the opinions of citizens in general on any ongoing event in the country.

The court adjourned the hearing until November 16, when the Center will present its case.

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Former Boys & Girls Club doctor ordered to pay in abuse settlement https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/former-boys-girls-club-doctor-ordered-to-pay-in-abuse-settlement/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 12:22:56 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/former-boys-girls-club-doctor-ordered-to-pay-in-abuse-settlement/ According to documents filed with the New York State Supreme Court, the former program director of the defunct Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome County is ordered to pay a Madison County man, who claimed he was abused in the facility as a teenager, over half a million dollars. Supreme Court Justice Christopher Baker […]]]>

According to documents filed with the New York State Supreme Court, the former program director of the defunct Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome County is ordered to pay a Madison County man, who claimed he was abused in the facility as a teenager, over half a million dollars.

Supreme Court Justice Christopher Baker entered the default judgment against Gerald Berg in settlement of a 2019 lawsuit, ordering Berg to pay the victim $600,000.

The unnamed victim was 14 when he worked at the Louis N. Picciano Boy’s Club in 1976 and Berg was a swim instructor.

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WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

The plaintiff claimed he was sexually abused by Berg in the instructor’s office and after being lured to Berg’s home.

According to a Binghamton article evening press in 1977, Berg had been charged with one count of sodomy.

The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff suffered a lifetime of consequences from the incidents he suffered as a teenager, including substance abuse issues and several failed relationships.

This is the second settlement awarded in connection with allegations of abuse at the former Boys & Girls Club. The same judge awarded $500,000 in April to a Broome County man who alleged he was sexually assaulted by Berg multiple times over the course of two years when he was 12.

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WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

The Endicott facility abruptly closed in August 2019, shortly after the lawsuit against Berg was filed, but no explanation for the closure was given by Boys & Girls Club officials.

The Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference announced plans in 2020 to purchase the building to turn the site into a community center with after-school programs, sports, and other youth and family services. The Southern Tier Community Center underwent phased renovations, adding services and programs as work progressed.

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Musk says he will continue to fund Ukraine Starlink Internet https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/musk-says-he-will-continue-to-fund-ukraine-starlink-internet/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 05:42:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/musk-says-he-will-continue-to-fund-ukraine-starlink-internet/ Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX San Francisco: Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said his rocket company SpaceX will continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, a day after saying it can no longer do so. On the microblogging site Twitter, Musk wrote that “too bad… Even if Starlink continues to lose […]]]>

San Francisco: Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said his rocket company SpaceX will continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, a day after saying it can no longer do so.

On the microblogging site Twitter, Musk wrote that “too bad… Even if Starlink continues to lose money and other companies receive billions of taxpayer dollars, we will continue to fund the Ukrainian government for free”.

According to the BBC, Starlink has been vital to keeping the Ukrainian military and people online.

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Ukraine says it helped restart key infrastructure after Russian attacks.

Energy facilities were among facilities targeted by more than 100 Russian missiles this week. Starlink consists of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit and ground terminals.

Last month, Musk asked the Pentagon to fund the Starlink program in his place, according to US media.

And on Friday, he tweeted: “SpaceX is not asking to recover past expenses, but also cannot fund the existing system indefinitely.” This decision drew strong criticism.

Earlier, Musk angered Kyiv by suggesting Ukraine could cede territory to Russia.

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