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Status update for Twitter.
A summary of what I know so far.
Elon Musk has bought Twitter. He is now the CEO. He originally got out of the deal claiming Twitter lied to him about the number of bots on the system. (It seems to make sense that Musk later found out the real number which was far higher than what Twitter told him.) But Twitter went to court and forced him to make the deal. Here’s more of what we know.
A little background.
2022-0512. Twitter tries to hide it's unethical censoring by firing two executives amid Elon Musk buyout. Bruce Falck, Twitter's revenue and product lead and Twitter general manager, Kayvon Beykpour were fired. Kayvon was fired in mid maternity leave. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/twitter-fires-two-senior-executives-amid-elon-musk-buyout/
2022-0815. Judge Rules Twitter Must Turn Over Hidden Documents to Elon Musk Revealing Fake Accounts on Platform. https://beckernews.com/judge-rules-twitter-must-turn-over-hidden-documents-to-elon-musk-revealing-fake-accounts-on-platform-46428/
2022-1017. Twitter's security practices are over 10 years old. A disclosure also claimed that one or more current Twitter (TWTR) employees may be working for a foreign intelligence service (thus the heavy censorship), potentially threatening user data and US national security, and that Twitter (TWTR) CEO Parag Agrawal misled the company's board of directors by discouraging Zatko from providing a full account of Twitter (TWTR)'s security weaknesses. https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/17/tech/twitter-whistleblower-peiter-zatko-risk-takers-22/index.html
300+ more cases of censorship around the internet, which is only part of the story.
2022-1026. After censoring and deplatforming and cancelling the accounts of conservatives since at least 2014, Twitter Employees Draft Letter Demanding Assurances Against Discrimination for Their Political Beliefs. People have had their bank accounts, Patreon and Paypal accounts cancelled while the companies stole the money. It might actually be legal to take the money, or take enormous fees from the balance, if this is in the Terms of Services. Read the TOS carefully. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/10/26/report-twitter-employees-draft-letter-demanding-assurances-against-discrimination-for-their-political-beliefs/
2022-1027. Thursday. Musk goes to Twitter HQ in San Francisco, with a sink, and locks out all Twitter engineers, supposedly to put in his own code. All bots will be taken down. Bots are used to inflate follower numbers to make a person seem more popular than they really are. Bots are also used to harass people that Twitter disagrees with by making snarky comments, insults etc. It was estimated that 75% of the users on Twitter are actually bots.
2022-1027. Breaking: Elon Musk fires 4 top executives at Twitter, including CEO Parag Agrawal, according to NYT. https://www.theblaze.com/news/elon-musk-twitter-fires-executives
2022-1028. From Musk himself: Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.
2022-1028. “CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety, were all fired”. (It seems this Tweet is gone.)
Also, the person that allowed child porn on Twitter, even after it was reported, was found and fired.
2022-1028. Twitter Inc CEO Parag Agrawal would get an estimated $42 million if he were terminated within 12 months of a change in control at the social media company. Happiest person on earth today.