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Musk's Surprise Friday Drop: Twitter's Hunter Biden Files
Musk's Surprise Friday
Leak: 'The Twitter Files'
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Musk's Surprise Friday Leak: 'The Twitter Files'

Writer Matt Taibbi posts internal convos on story on Hunter Biden's laptop, but not everyone's impressed

(Newser) - If tech reporters on the Twitter/Elon Musk beat thought they were going to get an early start to the weekend on Friday, a late afternoon tweet by Musk himself dashed those hopes. "What really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter will be published on Twitter at...

Watchdogs: Hate Speech Has Never Risen So Fast on Twitter

Antisemitic posts climbed 61% in Musk's first 2 weeks

(Newser) - Hate speech is increasing on Twitter at a rate never seen before, online watchdog groups said Friday. The dramatic change has taken place since Elon Musk took over the platform in late October, the New York Times reports, despite his claims to the contrary. The use of slurs against gay...

Kanye West Suspended From Twitter Again
Musk Kicks
Kanye West
Off Twitter

Musk Kicks Kanye West Off Twitter

'I tried my best,' Elon Musk says after suspending account

(Newser) - A lot has changed at Twitter since the last time Kanye West was kicked off the platform, but his latest tweets were too much even for Elon Musk's looser content moderation policies. The rapper's account was suspended Thursday night after a series of what the BBC calls "...

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Problem With Apple, Too

CEOs of Meta, Spotify, Fortnite also complain of company's 'monopoly'

(Newser) - Elon Musk may have eased his censure of Apple , but his initial attacks have ushered in a heap of criticism from elsewhere. Fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg echoed Musk's complaints that Apple has too great a hold on the app market on Wednesday. "Apple has sort of singled themselves...

At Musk's 'Show and Tell,' New Demo of Brain Implant Device

Billionaire says human trials of device from his Neuralink company are imminent

(Newser) - Elon Musk held a "show and tell" event Wednesday night, but it had nothing to do with his most recent Twitter troubles . Instead, the billionaire showed off a brain implant device developed by one of this other companies, Neuralink—a device he says will link the human brain to...

Everything's Apparently Cool Between Twitter, Apple

Elon Musk tweets that 'misunderstanding' has been 'resolved'

(Newser) - The Twitter-Apple war is over before it began. Elon Musk had on Monday started a feud with Apple because, he said, Apple was threatening to remove the Twitter app from its App Store, but on Wednesday, Musk tweeted that he had a "good conversation" with Apple CEO Tim Cook...

Musk Threatens to Go to War With Apple
Musk Declares 'War' on Apple

Musk Declares 'War' on Apple

He accuses company of threatening to block Twitter from App Store

(Newser) - Elon Musk had another busy day Monday on Twitter—the CEO slammed Apple over issues including free speech and posted a meme suggesting he was ready to "go to war" with the company over App Store policies. "What's going on here @tim_cook?" Musk tweeted to the Apple...

Musk Says He'll Make 'Alternative Phone' if He Has To

He asks if Apple hates 'free speech in America'

(Newser) - Elon Musk has declared that a " general amnesty " for suspended Twitter accounts will begin this week, as long as the users haven't broken the law—and while some analysts warn that the move and other content moderations issues could lead to a ban from Apple and Google'...

Late Surge May Make This the 'Emoji of the Year'

Saluting face has become ubiquitous thanks in part to the chaos at Twitter

(Newser) - The year is almost up, but there's a late entrant for "emoji of the year" honors. It's the saluting face emoji that has lately surged in popularity and use, thanks largely to the mass layoffs and firings at Twitter. However, the New York Times notes that it'...

Irish Court to Elon Musk: No, You Can't Fire This Exec

Sinead McSweeney won an injunction in Ireland

(Newser) - It's another sign of the chaos at Twitter: A company executive in Ireland has won a court injunction that prevents Elon Musk from firing her. The odd case involves Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's global VP for public policy, reports Politico . McSweeney says she didn't respond to Musk's...

DeSantis Has Musk's Vote
DeSantis Has Musk's Vote

DeSantis Has Musk's Vote

Twitter owner has found Biden disappointing

(Newser) - Whether he wants it or not, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would seem to have the backing of Elon Musk in the 2024 presidential race. Musk proclaimed his endorsement in a "yes" tweet when asked if he would support DeSantis, NBC News reports. "My preference for the 2024 presidency...

Musk Comes 'Full Circle' on Twitter Verification

Blue checks will be manually authenticated under new 3-color system

(Newser) - Just under a month after Elon Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter, he appears to have settled on a verification system. The CEO tweeted Friday that the new system is "tentatively" scheduled to be launched in one week. He said the checkmarks will come in three colors: "Gold...

Colbert Jokes About Musk's $100B Loss

'All of us are having to cut back on how many cars we shoot into space'

(Newser) - Elon Musk's net worth has taken a massive hit this year—amid issues at Tesla and his acquisition of Twitter, he's down more than $100 billion. Stephen Colbert offered commiserations on The Late Show Wednesday night, Rolling Stone reports. "Listen, Elon. I know belt tightening is no...

After Online Vote, Musk Says Banned Accounts Will Return

Watchdogs fear platform will be 'an engine for radicalization'

(Newser) - Elon Musk announced Thursday that he'll reinstate almost all Twitter accounts that had been suspended by the platform's previous owners, a move that alarmed experts and sparked calls for moves against the company. He posted his decision after opening a vote Wednesday on the site, in which he...

Sources: Musk Balking at Paying Some Big Bills

Travel expenses incurred under old leadership are reportedly an issue

(Newser) - Just how deep is Elon Musk's cost-cutting at Twitter going? Current and former Twitter employees tell the New York Times that the company under Musk is now refusing to pay bills incurred for travel that was carried out before the takeover. And they say those bills, which are tied...

Some of Twitter's Biggest Advertisers Have Bailed

'Washington Post' analysis reveals a big drop

(Newser) - It's probably not a huge surprise to learn that advertisers are leery about pushing their products on Twitter amid the recent chaos. But a Washington Post analysis makes clear just how bad the problem is becoming for Elon Musk. Dozens of firms that have been some of Twitter's...

As Musk Fiddles With Twitter, Tesla Burns

EV manufacturer's shares plummet to 2-year low, which some attribute to Musk's 'loss of focus'

(Newser) - Elon Musk recently tweeted that he'd be "working & sleeping" at Twitter, his newest acquisition, "until the org is fixed." But that intense dedication to Twitter (and the chaos that has ensued since Musk took over) is among the factors that have investors in his other...

Trump Hasn't Tweeted Yet, but Kanye West Has

After October removal for anti-Semitic tweets he posts 'Shalom :)'

(Newser) - Ye, or Kanye West as he was formally known, was restricted from Twitter in October after posting a slew of anti-Semitic remarks. He tweeted a flurry of messages around Nov. 3 and 4 (including one that said he was taking a verbal fast for a month), then nothing until Sunday,...

Elon Musk Allows Trump Back on Twitter

Former president's ban, instituted after Capitol riot, has been lifted

(Newser) - Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s account on Twitter Saturday, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Musk made the announcement in the evening after holding a poll that asked Twitter users...

Musk Wants You to Weigh In on Trump's Twitter Return

Owner of social media platform is conducting a user poll to see if they want ex-president back

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Twitter owner Elon Musk announced that suspended accounts wouldn't be brought back online for "at least a few more weeks," and only after a "clear process" was put in place to determine who could return and who couldn't. It's not yet...

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