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Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban Impersonators



Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban Impersonators

Elon Musk announced Sunday that any Twitter account impersonating another would be permanently suspended.

Twitter issued the warning after some minor celebrities changed their Twitter display names and pretended to tweet as ‘Elon Musk’ in response to the decision to offer verified blue check accounts for $8 per month while terminating a large portion of the workforce.

“Any Twitter handles engaging in impersonating another person without clearly mentioning “parody” will be permanently suspended going forward,” Musk posted.

Twitter offered warnings before suspensions. Now that “blue check verification” is being implemented on the platform, “there will be no warning.”

Unter Twitter’s new guidelines, “any name change at all” would necessitate the temporary loss of a confirmed checkmark.

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Kathy Griffin’s account was terminated on Sunday after she changed her screen name to Musk. She admitted to Bloomberg News that she had also used his profile photo.

“I suppose not all of the content moderators were fired?” “Lol,” Griffin laughed later on Mastodon, an alternative social media network where she had created an account.

Actress Valerie Bertinelli similarly used Musk’s screen name, tweeting in support of Democratic candidates on Saturday before reverting to her real identity. “Okey-dokey. “I had a good time, and I hope I made my point,” she tweeted.

Valerie Bertinelli noted the original purpose of the blue check before the prank was given away for free to those whose identities Twitter workers confirmed, with journalists making up a large share of the receivers.

“It just meant that your identification has been validated.” Scammers would have a more difficult time imitating you,” Bertinelli observed.

“That is no longer true. “Best of luck out there!” She continued.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban Impersonators

Musk believes that the $8 verified accounts are his approach to democratizing the service. Users of Twitter who sign up for the new “Twitter Blue with verification” can obtain the blue check next to their names “exactly like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you currently follow,” according to a Twitter update for iOS devices featured on Apple’s app store on Saturday.

It stated that the new service would be available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. As of Sunday, it was unavailable, and no timetable was provided.

Esther Crawford, a Twitter employee, told The Associated Press that it will be available “soon but not yet.”

On Sunday, Twitter did not respond to an email requesting comment on the verified accounts issue and Griffin’s suspension.

Musk later tweeted, “Twitter must become the most accurate global information source.” That is our goal.”

If the firm removes blue checks from current verified users — which has not happened — this might encourage disinformation on the platform during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Following layoffs on Friday that affected roughly half of Twitter’s 7,500-employee workforce, some Twitter users, like Kathy Griffin, have already begun migrating away from the platform.

They say they are concerned that moderation and verification will result in a free-for-all of disinformation on the internet’s primary channel for accurate communications from government agencies and other institutions.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban Impersonators

Many businesses have delayed advertising on the platform for fear of being subject to cancellation by the cancel culture that previously lived on Twitter.

In a Friday message, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, attempted to allay such fears. He claimed that the employment reduction had the least impact on the company’s front-line content moderation team.

Musk said late Friday that there was no choice but to slash positions “when the firm is losing over $4 million per day.” He did not share specifics on Twitter’s daily losses, but he did say that employees who were let go were given three months’ pay as severance.

Now that Elon Musk controls Twitter Inc., a small but rising number of celebrities, actresses, and artists are leaving the social media platform, citing concerns about what it could become under Mr. Musk’s leadership.

These people say they can’t wait to see what improvements Mr. Musk brings. Of course, it remains to be seen whether these celebs will keep their promises to stay away from the platform, which has over 237 million members.

In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Musk stated that people who have been booted from Twitter for breaking the rules would not be let back until the firm has a clear process. He estimated that it would take at least a few weeks to implement.

Here is a WSJ list of some well-known people who have stated their intention to leave Twitter:

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban Impersonators

Sara Bareilles

The 42-year-old singer, known for hits such as “Brave” and “King of Anything,” announced on Twitter that she would see fans on other platforms.

“Welp. Twitter has been entertaining. “I’m out,” she tweeted, adding, “This one’s just not for me.”

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsToni Braxton

“I’m startled and dismayed at some of the ‘free speech I’ve witnessed on this platform since its acquisition,” said Ms. Braxton, a 55-year-old R&B performer best known for her song “Un-Break My Heart.”

“I am opting to stay off Twitter because it is no longer a safe platform for myself, my sons, and other POC,” she wrote on Twitter, referring to people of colour.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsGigi Hadid

The 27-year-old model stated that she had cancelled her account, which had over 10.4 million followers. She stated that she did not believe Twitter was a secure environment for anyone.

“For a long time, but especially under its new leadership, it’s become a sewer of hate and prejudice,” she wrote in an Instagram message.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsTéa Leoni

The actress, 56, is best known for her role in the CBS sitcom “Madam Secretary,” as well as other films and television shows.

“I’m leaving Twitter today—see, let’s where we are when the dust settles,” she tweeted. “Today’s dust has uncovered much too much hatred.”

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsBrian Koppelman

Mr. Koppelman, the showrunner of “Billions,” said his followers could find him on Instagram and TikTok in the days before Mr. Musk concluded his deal with Twitter.

Mr. Koppelman, 56, remarked on Twitter, “Gonna truly attempt to take a breather from here for a minute or a month come deal closure time.”

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsKen Olin

“Hey everyone—I’m out of here,” the 68-year-old actor and producer of shows such as “This Is Us” tweeted. “Let us maintain our faith. Let us defend our democracy.”

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsShonda Rhimes

“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned,” the 52-year-old showrunner and producer behind successful shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” posted on Twitter. Bye.”

Here are some notable persons that have stated that they are considering leaving Twitter:

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsJosh Gad

The 41-year-old actor, best known for his role as Olaf in “Frozen” films, said he was thinking about staying on Twitter but wasn’t sure.

“Hate speech intended to inspire harm (with no consequences),” he said on the platform.

Since then, he has frequently tweeted.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsJohn Green

The 45-year-old novelist and YouTube sensation has joked that he wants to stop using Twitter but hasn’t been able to.

“Some of you may be wondering why I’m still on Twitter,” he wrote. “It’s because I follow a strict code of etiquette known as ‘The Brexit,’ which requires me to publicize my departure for at least a year before I leave.”

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsStephen King

The 75-year-old prolific author finds himself at the centre of Mr. Musk’s fight over charging a monthly fee for verified users.

“If that is implemented, I’m gone like Enron,” he tweeted. Mr. Musk said that his company needed to pay its expenses somehow. Mr. Musk later said that Twitter would implement the fee. Mr. King has remained active on Twitter since then.

Elon Musk Announces Twitter Will Ban ImpersonatorsWhoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg announced her departure from the app on Monday’s episode of “The View” while defining Musk’s first week at the company as “a catastrophe.”

“I’m leaving today because I just feel like it’s so messed up, and I’m weary of having certain sorts of attitudes blocked now that I’m back on.” So I’m going to go, and if things calm down sufficiently and I feel more at ease, I might return. But I’m done with Twitter as of tonight.”

Source: AP, VOR News


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UN Head Says Survival Depends On How People Manage Water In 2023




WATER The United Nations Humanity’s survival depends on how people manage water, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday at the close of a three-day conference on global water resources, during which developing countries made urgent requests for assistance with cleaner drinking water and better sanitation.

In his final remarks, Guterres stated, “All of humanity’s hopes for the future depend, in some way, on charting a new course to sustainably manage and conserve water.”

He stated that water “needs to be at the center of the global political agenda” and that this implies more aggressive action against climate change.

According to the United Nations World Water Development Report, released on the eve of the conference, 26% of the world’s population—2 billion people — lacks access to safe drinking water, while 46% — 3.6 billion people — lack access to basic sanitation. According to UN studies, nearly half the world’s population will face acute water stress by 2030.

Many rhetorical pledges to enhance water supply were made at the conference, but there needed to be more precise commitments to translate aspirations into better daily lives for regular people.


Throughout the meeting, water-stressed states, particularly those in the developing world

“We have such lovely, ambitious initiatives,” said Lina Taing, senior researcher at the global think tank United Nations University.

“We know that we are completely off track,” she stated, regarding providing them with clean water and sanitation. Taing stated that the world’s actions must be increased “fourfold.”

Throughout the meeting, water-stressed states, particularly those in the developing world, told U.N. members of their need for international aid to provide their people with drinking water and sanitation facilities.

“Waging a war on two fronts at the same time to address water issues and climate change is no easy task, especially for a small island nation like Kiribati, which has very limited resources at its disposal,” said Teburoro Tito, the United Nations representative for the Pacific island nation of fewer than 200,000 people. He claimed that Kiribati was particularly unprepared to deal with natural calamities.


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2 Dead In Missouri Flash Flood; Tornado Threat In The South




DECATUR, Texas — Two persons were killed early Friday in Missouri after their automobile was carried away by torrential rains as part of a severe weather storm raging over the Midwest and South.

The crash occurred shortly after midnight in a sparsely inhabited area of southwest Missouri. According to authorities, six young adults were in the vehicle washed away while attempting to cross a bridge over a flooded creek in Grovespring.

Four of the six survived the water. Devon Holt, 20, of Grovespring, was discovered about 3:30 a.m., and Alexander Roman-Ranelli, 19, of Springfield, was discovered about six hours later, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Thomas Young.

According to Young, the motorist told investigators that severe rains made it difficult to detect that water from a creek had submerged the bridge.

Meanwhile, the hunt for a lady who went missing after flash flooding from a tiny river drove her car off the road in another southwestern Missouri county. According to the Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District, the victim’s dog was recovered safely, but there was no sign of the woman. Two additional people in the car were saved.

Southern Missouri received about 3 inches of rain Thursday night and into Friday morning, and severe weather was also affecting neighboring areas. A possible tornado touched down in north Texas early Friday as a dynamic storm system threatened to produce tornadoes in numerous Southern states.


Flash flooding from a tiny river drove her car off the road in another southwestern Missouri county.

According to Matt Elliott, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Severe weather is forecast throughout many states.

“We’re talking about several tornadoes, some of which could be strong and intense,” Elliott warned.

The Storm Prediction Center warned that tornadoes would be most likely across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee on Friday afternoon and evening. Storms with destructive winds and hail were predicted to move from eastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma into southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Heavy rain Thursday night and Friday morning prompted flash flooding in areas of Missouri, where a vehicle became stranded near the town of Fordham, according to authorities. Rescue teams were called to a low-water crossing on the Finley River late Thursday, according to Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District authorities on Facebook.


Southern Missouri has received 3 inches of rain since Thursday

Two persons were rescued, but a third was still missing as of Friday morning. The crews intended to deploy boats and have searchers stroll along the river’s edge.

According to the meteorological service, some sections of southern Missouri have received 3 inches of rain since Thursday, and rain is likely to continue until Saturday morning. Most of southern Missouri was under a flash flood watch or warning on Friday.

According to Cody Powell, the county’s emergency management coordinator, a probable tornado impacted the southwest portion of Wise County around 5 a.m., damaging homes and downing trees and electrical lines. Powell stated that he had received no reports of injuries.

Although the weather service has not confirmed a tornado, damage to residences has been recorded in neighboring Parker County, according to meteorologist Matt Stalley, and investigators will likely head to the region later Friday to make that conclusion.

The two areas are roughly 10 miles (16 km) apart on the western border of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and the storm system is predicted to pass east of the region by early Friday afternoon, according to Stalley.


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US-Canada 2023 Migration Deal Aims To End Walk-Around Crossings




Vermont’s St. Johnsbury — With the agreement on immigration announced on Friday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden, a process that has let tens of thousands of immigrants travel between the two countries on a backroad between New York state and Quebec will be stopped.

Since the beginning of 2017, there have been so many people crossing into Canada via Roxham Road near Champlain, New York, that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has established a processing facility for them that is less than five miles (8 km) from the official border crossing where they would be sent back to the United States. Although Mounties had warned them that they would be detained, they were given permission to stay in Canada and pursue their cases, which can take years to resolve.

According to the new regulations, anyone seeking asylum who does not possess U.S. or Canadian citizenship and is apprehended within 14 days of crossing the border will be turned back. According to Canadian officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the agreement in advance, it was scheduled to go into effect a minute after midnight on Saturday. This speedy implementation was done to prevent a sudden influx of people trying to claim refugee status.

To make sure that travel between our two countries is fair and runs smoothly, Canada said it would expand the Safe Third Country Agreement so that it applies at authorized ports of entry and all along the land border, including on internal waterways.

The Western Hemisphere’s 15,000 migrants will be permitted to apply “on a humanitarian basis from Canada over the year, with a path to economic opportunities to address forced displacement, as an alternative to irregular migration,” according to the agreement.

About eight people in two families, one from Haiti and the other from Afghanistan, were among the last migrants to pass through, and they arrived at the American end of Roxham Road shortly after dawn on Friday. Both claimed to have traveled around to get there.


A loophole in a 2002 agreement between the United States and Canada.

The 28-year-old Gerson Solay carried Bianca to the border. He said he needed more papers to continue living in the U.S.

Before he was hauled into prison for processing, he said, “That is why Canada is my last destination.

The agreement occurs as the U.S. Border Patrol reacts to a sharp rise in unauthorized southbound crossings along the open Canadian border. Nearly all occur at the section of the border closest to Toronto and Montreal, Canada’s two largest cities, in northern New York and Vermont.

It’s unknown how Roxham Road became a popular route, but it can be reached in a short taxi ride from the point where Interstate 87 approaches the Canadian border, and for migrants traveling south, it’s a short trip to New York City.

Even though the number is still small compared to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Border Patrol has added more people to the area and started letting some migrants into Vermont with a date to meet with immigration officials.

Since early 2017, Canadian officials have needed help managing this. Many migrants traveling northward claimed they left because they believed President Donald Trump’s immigration policies would be unfriendly to their stay in the country. Since the Biden administration took office, the process has continued.

These immigrants have taken advantage of a loophole in a 2002 agreement between the United States and Canada, which states that asylum applicants must do so in the nation they first enter. Those who cross into Canada legally are sent back to the United States and instructed to apply there. However, persons who enter Canada outside of a port of entry can stay and ask for protection.


Southbound migrants are currently putting a burden on American border personnel.

U.S. Border Patrol authorities apprehended 628 illegal immigrants from Canada in February, which is more than five times as many as at the same time last year. Even though those figures pale compared to the number of migrants arriving from Mexico, where more than 220,000 were apprehended in just December, there has been a significant improvement in percentage terms.

Agents in the Swanton Sector of the Border Patrol, which includes parts of upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, stopped migrants 418 times in February, an increase of more than ten times over the same month last year. Mexican citizens, who can fly to Canada from Mexico without a visa, make up around half of those coming from Canada.

The police chief of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, which has a population of 6,000 and is about an hour south of the border, informed state authorities that the Border Patrol had unexpectedly dropped off a vanload of immigrants at the town’s welcome center. The same event has occurred multiple times in the previous few weeks.

The migrants who were let off in St. Johnsbury, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, had been detained along the border after entering the country illegally. They were given the notice to appear for further immigration proceedings.

Because St. Johnsbury has a bus terminal where migrants can board a bus to a bigger city, they were left there.

According to the statement, “in such cases, USBP collaborates with local communities to ensure the safety of all parties—both community members and migrants—as well as the stability in the community’s resources.”


They claimed to have been in Canada for two months but did not discuss what had led them to continue traveling.

But according to local officials, they needed to be given more time to plan. State officials are currently setting up a mechanism to offer any services that migrants might need.

A Haitian couple and their three children—two boys, ages 17 and 9, and a girl, 15—were dropped off at the welcome center on Thursday. The family, who wanted to remain anonymous, desired to board a bus for Miami.

They claimed to have been in Canada for two months but did not discuss what had led them to continue traveling.

They missed the bus on Thursday that would have let them connect to one in Boston from which they could board another bus to Miami. A group of neighborhood volunteers spent the day providing food, helping them locate lodging for the night, and setting up transportation for them to catch the bus on Friday.

St. Johnsbury wants to assist these migrants, but not immediately, according to police chief Tim Page.

To know what to do when these families arrive, he stated, “We need to write something down.” “This will all go a little smoother when we have a system set up,” someone said.


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