Elon Musk News Says Twitter Accounts Suspension Of Mastodon Links Was ‘A Mistake’

Musk polls Twitter users about whether he should step down

Elon Musk has admitted removing accounts for posting links to rival Mastodon was a “mistake” while he was looking for a replacement after announcing he was stepping down.

Speaking in the Twitter space on Wednesday, Musk was questioned about suspending accounts, such as that of venture capitalist Paul Graham, for posting links to Mastodon.

“Yeah, that was a mistake,” Musk said.

He was then asked to indicate if people could post the link to Mastodon now.

He added, “Yeah, after a mastodon all damn day, I don’t care.”

Twitter backtracked on its controversial policy of suspending users for posting links to rival sites like the open-source Mastodon which has been seeing a surge in new users since Musk took over.

The admission comes after Mr. Musk confirmed that he would be stepping down as CEO of Twitter.

“I’m going to resign as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to take the job! After that, I’m just going to run the software and server teams.”

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Elon Musk and Adam Schiff are competing on Twitter again

ICYMI: The billionaire asked the California legislator if he would approve of “covert state censorship in direct violation of the US Constitution.”

Mr. Schiff was quick to turn the tables on the owner of Twitter.

I do not support censorship. or hate speech. As the (outgoing) CEO of Twitter, how about you? Why not do more to stop the slurs against black people, gay people, Jews, and others? Are you committed to providing the audience with actual answers and data, not just tweets? ” he wrote.

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 13:01

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Will Elon Musk’s Twitter antics destroy Tesla?

ICYMI: Tesla investors are reportedly angry at what they see as a major distraction for Musk. The electric car maker is currently experiencing its biggest share sell-off since it went public 12 years ago (see chart below), and the CEO’s actions on Twitter are seen as a significant factor in that $600 billion tranche.

We heard from Antoine Argog, founder of ethical investment group Tulipshare:



Elon Musk’s decision to invite Twitter users to vote on whether he should remain CEO is the latest in a series of controversial decisions undermining his reputation and credibility with the company. [Tesla] contributors.

This is the latest step in a long line of actions that show his fickleness and how his preoccupation with Twitter is hurting trust among his shareholders. Tesla’s market capitalization has plummeted since Musk’s takeover of Twitter, and his performance illustrates how Tesla’s board failed to hold Musk accountable — it’s time for shareholders to act.

Backed by retail investors, we require that Elon Musk’s pay be tied to his performance on ESG metrics. Tesla’s board and shareholders must take greater responsibility for adopting and making more ambitious ESG commitments — and retail investors play a vital role in holding them accountable. Through shareholder activism, we advocate for Musk’s wages to be linked to interstate corporate governance, to demand increased governance as well as environmental provision and worker rights throughout the economy.

Antoine Argouge

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 12:02

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Elon Musk is “actively looking” for a new Twitter CEO

ICYMI: Elon Musk is said to be “actively looking” for a new CEO for Twitter, according to sources cited by CNBC.

There’s no word on who a potential successor might be, though several characters have come forward with their names – including rapper Snoop Dogg and computer scientist Lex Friedman.

“The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive,” Musk tweeted Sunday night.

Stuti MishraDecember 21, 2022 11:15

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2.5 million users have flocked to Twitter competitor Mastodon since Musk’s acquisition

Mastodon has seen an influx of millions of users since Elon Musk took over Twitter in October, growing the number of users per month eight times.

According to a blog post written by the platform’s founder, Eugene Roshko, the site saw 2.5 million users between October and November, a big jump from its previous 300,000 users.

In the post, which addressed Twitter’s now-retracted rules limiting posting links to other social media sites and commenting journalists, Mr. Roshko wrote that “more and more journalists, political figures, writers, actors, and organizations” were coming forward.

“Understanding that press freedom is absolutely essential to a functional democracy, we are excited to see Mastodon grow and become a household name in newsrooms around the world, and we are committed to continuing to improve our programming to meet the new challenges that come with rapid growth and increased demand.”

Mastodon is a free, open source, self-hosted platform that has been growing in popularity recently. However, its user base is still a small portion of Twitter’s more than 238 million users.

Stuti MishraDecember 21, 2022 10:30

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AOC slams Musk: ‘Get rid of primal fascism’

ICYMI: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned billionaire Elon Musk after the new head of Twitter suspended the accounts of half a dozen journalists who routinely reported on him and on the social media platform.

In response to the billionaire’s sudden ban on journalists, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez suggested he should get over the primal fascism.

She noted that Mr. Musk was a powerful and highly controversial public figure. “I feel insecure, but slipping into abuse of power + banning journalists intermittently only intensifies those around you,” said the Democratic Rep.

As someone who has been exposed to real and dangerous conspiracies, I understand that. I had no security and witnessed many scary incidents.”

“In fact, many right-wing outlets are now uploading posted photos of my house, my car, etc. At some point you have to disconnect. Maybe try putting your phone down,” I suggested.

Mr. Musk quickly replied, “You first lol.”

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 09:53

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Musk appears to be fueling the idea that bots played a role in Twitter’s poll defeat

ICYMI: On Monday night, Musk appeared to be fueling a theory that bots were to blame for his poll defeat, asking if he should remain CEO of Twitter.

Earlier Monday, an account with the username Wall Street Silver tweeted a side-by-side comparison of the poll on the question of former President Donald Trump’s reinstating account with the poll on the question of Mr. Musk’s continued leadership on Twitter.

The previous poll had nearly 15 million votes and 836 thousand likes, while the latest poll had nearly 15 million votes and only 312 thousand fans. This led Wall Street Silver to ask, “Did bots colorize yesterday’s Elon poll?”

“Fun,” replied Mr. Musk. It’s not clear why there is any relationship between voting in a Twitter poll and liking a Tweet, which are two different actions that don’t appear to have any direct relationship.

Stuti MishraDecember 21, 2022 08:50

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Musk says removing accounts for posting links to rival Mastodon was a ‘mistake’

Elon Musk has admitted removing accounts for posting links to rival Mastodon was a “mistake” while he was looking for a replacement after announcing he was stepping down.

Speaking in the Twitter space on Wednesday, Musk was questioned about suspending accounts, such as that of venture capitalist Paul Graham, for posting links to Mastodon.

“Yeah, that was a mistake,” Musk said when asked about users who were banned for mentioning Mastodon.

“I agree, it was wrong,” the Tesla billionaire said back after being told arguments could be made for Kanye West and ElonJet’s suspension.

He was then asked to indicate if people could post the link to Mastodon now.

He added, “Yeah, after a mastodon all damn day, I don’t care.”

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Stuti MishraDecember 21, 2022 07:51

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Musk says “no heir”

ICYMI: Even if Elon Musk steps down as head of Twitter, choosing a successor may not be so simple.

“Nobody wants a job that can actually keep Twitter alive,” he tweeted overnight. “There is no heir.”

Among those stepping forward to offer their services is Lex Friedman, an artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist, and popular podcast host.

“Let me run Twitter for a while,” he tweeted to Musk. “with no salary. All in. Focus on great engineering and increasing the amount of love in the world. Just offering my help in the unlikely case is helpful.”

Musk replied: “You gotta love the pain a lot. One point: you gotta invest your life savings in Twitter and it’s been on the highway to bankruptcy since May. Do you still want the job?”

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 06:10

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ICYMI | Elon Musk warned about EU sanctions

ICYMI: Officials in Brussels have warned Elon Musk that Twitter could face “sanctions” shortly after a series of journalists were kicked off its platform.

European Commissioner Vera Jourova said the suspensions were “alarming” and that EU law protects media freedom. “The news of the arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is concerning,” Ms Jourova said.

The Commissioner, who is the European Commission Vice-President for Values ​​and Transparency, said: “The EU Digital Services Act requires respect for media freedom and fundamental rights. This is reinforced within the #MediaFreedomAct framework.

“Elon Musk should be aware of this. There are red lines. Sanctions are coming soon.”

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 05:04

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Twitter’s new policy favors paying subscribers

ICYMI: John Pacey has a summary of Mr. Musk’s announcement Monday night that only paying Twitter subscribers can vote on future issues related to politics.

The announcement came shortly after a majority of Twitter users voted for Musk to step back from his role at the company in an open poll on Sunday.

Graeme MasseyDecember 21, 2022 04:03

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