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Elon Musk Takes Full Control of Twitter



Elon Musk Takes Full Control of Twitter

Twitter is now in full control of billionaire Elon Musk after CEO Parag Agrawal, and CFO Ned Segal departed the company’s headquarters and will not return.

According to the Washington Post, Vijaya Gadde, the head of Twitter’s legal policy, trust, and safety, was also sacked.

Elon Musk has requested engineers from Tesla Inc., the electric vehicle firm he oversees, to meet with product leaders at Twitter Inc., pushing quickly to make an impression on the company he is about to take private.

Musk’s representatives say Twitter’s engineers can no longer make code updates as of midday in San Francisco.

Musk had until Friday to finalize his $44 billion purchase of Twitter or face legal action from the company.

Twitter accepted Musk’s offer to buy the social media site and take it private in April.

On the other hand, Elon Musk quickly cast doubt on his plans to follow through on the deal, claiming that the firm failed to sufficiently reveal the number of spam bots and phony accounts on the service.

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When Elon Musk announced his intention to end the agreement, Twitter sued him, stating that he “refuses to honour his responsibilities to Twitter and its stockholders because the agreement he signed no longer serves his personal interests.”

In the following months, Twitter and Musk traded barbs through their attorneys as the two sides prepared to go to Delaware’s Court of Chancery to determine the company’s fate and if it would end up in Musk’s hands.

According to Fox News, Musk stated marketers on Thursday to ensure them that social messaging services will not descend into “a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said without any consequences!”

“I acquired Twitter because I believe it is critical to the future of civilization to have an open and shared town square.

Where a wide range of thoughts and opinions can be argued healthily, without cancellation o violence,” Musk stated in the message.

“There is currently a significant risk that social media may splinter into far-right and far-left echo chambers, generating more hate and dividing our society.”

Musk made a big sensation on Twitter yesterday with a video of himself stepping inside the tech giant’s offices ahead of his acquisition.

Elon Musk posted a video of himself going into Twitter’s foyer while carrying a sink.

“Welcome to Twitter HQ!” Musk said, making a visual joke. Many Musk supporters and other conservatives backed the billionaire. “Let Freedom Ring!” exclaimed GOP commentator Wesley Hunt.

“I can’t even compute how much money I’d pay to read the Slack chat of Twitter employees today,” Substack journalist Glenn Greenwald commented. “Definitely would pay extra to hear the views of ‘Content Moderators.'”

“Elon is about to make Twitter great again,” conservative comedians the Hodge Twins claimed.

“Boy, it makes me thrilled to see Elon Musk visiting Twitter HQ after 13 years on this platform getting censored, shadow banned, and losing followers. LET FREEDOM RING!” journalist Emily Miller wrote on Twitter.

“If you didn’t appreciate The Babylon Bee calling an adult male a man, you could have just stopped following them on Twitter,” The Daily Wire’s Frank J. Fleming pointed out.

Others, on the other hand, did not find Musk’s film amusing.

CNN expert Juliette Kayyem commented, “This is cruel.” “Whatever the masters of the universe do with this website, a lot of people will lose their jobs — not fancy people, simply people with kids and houses and holiday plans who make corporations operate and rich men richer.”

Mississippi Free Press reporter Ashton Pittman tweeted, “He’s such a piece of trash.”

“A tech millionaire with very strong, quirky, and frequently half-baked political beliefs, fueled by immense ego, is live-tweeting his takeover of this platform,” said Der Spiegel journalist Mathieu von Rohr.

The nine-second video received over 16 million views in just a few hours.

Musk’s Twitter bio was also altered to “Chief Twit,” and he later posted, “Meeting a lot of fascinating people at Twitter today!”

Conservatives have broadly applauded Musk’s takeover, citing the billionaire tycoon’s support for free speech ideals, while liberals have warned that Musk will enable “misinformation” and hateful content to proliferate and may reestablish former President Trump’s Twitter account.

Source: Fox, VOR News


LGBTQ+ Dating App Grindr Issues Warning To Users In Egypt




CAIRO, Egypt – A popular gay social networking app told its Egyptian users on Friday that police are targeting LGBTQ+ people by pretending to be part of the community.

When Egyptian users open the app, they will display the following warning in Arabic and English:

“We have received information that Egyptian police are actively arresting gay, bi, and trans people on digital platforms.” They use fake accounts and have even taken over the accounts of real people in the community who had been arrested and had their phones taken away. Please use extreme vigilance both online and offline, including with accounts that were credible in the past.”

Although homosexuality is not officially illegal in Egypt, members of the LGBTQ+ community are routinely prosecuted for ‘debauchery’ or ‘violating public morality.’ It detained seven people in 2017 for waving a rainbow flag at a rock festival. Arrests of homosexuals and non-conforming individuals continue to be widespread.

An Egyptian government media officer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Grindr’s new measure.

The warning comes after rights groups and the media reported that authorities in the region are aggressively using digital platforms to target the LGBTQ+ community.


Authorities in the region are aggressively using digital platforms to target the LGBTQ+ community.

Human Rights Watch published a report in February detailing dozens of examples of security forces extorting, harassing, publically exposing, and detaining LGBTQ+ people in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Tunisia based on their behavior on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the dating app Grindr. The journal also questioned big technology corporations for failing to invest adequately in Arabic language content filtering and protection.

“Grindr is working with groups on the ground in Egypt to ensure our users have up-to-date information on how to stay safe, and we are pushing international organizations and governments to demand justice and safety for the Egyptian LGBTQ community,” Grindr spokesperson Patrick Lenihan said in response to a comment request on Friday.

Grindr, a popular gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dating app in California, has been chastised in the United States and penalized in Norway for sharing personal data with third parties that might identify users.

The company’s website’s privacy policy details how it uses and strives to protect user data. It says its goal is “to give you as much control over the Personal Information that you share within the Grindr Properties as possible.”


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Dodge Unveils Last Super-Fast Gasoline Muscle Car Of 2023




DETROIT — Dodge’s final gas-powered muscle car won’t depart without thunderous rumbles and exhilarating speeds.

According to the carmaker, the 2023 Challenger SRT Demon 170 will have a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 1,025 horsepower, making it the fastest production vehicle ever built.

Stellantis, a company created in 2021 by the union of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot of France, claims it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in a terrifying 1.66 seconds, outpacing even Tesla and Lucid’s electric supercars.

The last of the rumbling automobiles, which for decades were a staple of American culture on Saturday night excursions across the nation, is what the performance brand from Stellantis refers to.

By the end of this year, Stellantis will no longer produce gas-powered versions of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300 large sedan due to tighter government fuel-economy standards and a quickening transition to electric vehicles in the fight against climate change.

Beginning the next year, the Canadian factory that produces all three vehicles will be retooled to produce electric versions of larger vehicles. The future of all three cars has yet to be confirmed by Stellantis, but the company did display a Charger Daytona SRT electric concept muscle car back in August.

Although he will miss the classic muscle, Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand and the unofficial spokesperson for America’s gas-powered rubber burners, expressed excitement about creating electric performance vehicles.

It’s the end of an era, he declared on Monday. “Electric items are really quick. One of the essential components of a muscle automobile is rapid acceleration. I, therefore, automatically possess authority. Now I must find out how to include all the other aspects of the thrilling driving experience.


The new Dodge Challenger Demon also generates 945 pound-feet of torque or rotational force.

Since the summer of last year, Dodge has released potent “Last Call” special editions of its gas-powered muscle vehicles, culminating with a display of the Challenger Demon 170 on the drag strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday night.

The new Dodge Challenger Demon also generates 945 pound-feet of torque or rotational force; this power required the firm to fortify the differential and rear drive shaft using aerospace-grade metals. The Challenger Demon is a descendant of a vehicle that went on sale in 1969.

Stellantis claims that the automobile will be the first mass-produced vehicle to complete a quarter-mile (0.40 km) in less than nine seconds, precisely in 8.91. It reaches a speed of a little over 151 mph to do. (243 kilometers per hour). How much ethanol is included in the fuel affects horsepower and speed.

Even though it barely gets 13 cities and 21 highway miles per gallon, it’s unlikely that anyone buying one will give a damn even while the world contends with climate change.

Although there are only a few cars, according to Kuniskis, the ethanol they burn is cleaner than gasoline. By the time production of the gas-powered models concludes on December 31st, Dodge will have produced 2 million muscle vehicles, he claimed. He claimed that Dodge’s supporters merited a celebration.

After all these years, “we owed it to them as much as we did to celebrate this end and give them something that produces a lot of pride in the brand that they love,” he said.

Even though the Dodge Demon 170 comes with large racing tires, it is street-legal. The business provides a set of smaller, more street-friendly wheels and tires to make it a daily vehicle.


It’s really simple to identify which cars people want to collect if you look at some of the cars.

The car’s only standard features, at an absurd price of $96,666, are the driver’s seat and a simple radio. A/C is present, though. Back and front passenger seats can be added for $1 each. Additionally available are leather, a sunroof, and a superior audio system.

Only 3,300 of them will be produced by Stellantis, and Kuniskis is still determining if they will reach that goal due to potential part shortages and a constrained production schedule.

According to Kuniskis, if prior limited-edition versions are any indication, the Demon 170 should quickly become a classic collector’s car.

It’s really simple to identify which cars people want to collect if you look at some of the cars we’ve had in the past, he added. “Often, it’s the lesser (sales) volume, extreme examples—whether they’re extreme in performance or excessive in appearance. This one does have both.


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Reddit Down, Over 60,000 Outage Platform Issues Reported




Reddit Down

Reddit Down: According to Downdetector and anyone who has tried to load the platform, the social media platform Reddit is experiencing an outage affecting its website and app. Since at least 12:18 p.m. PDT, Reddit has been unavailable.

The company has identified an internal systems problem and a fix “that may take some time to implement,” according to the company. The fix was discovered at 2:43 p.m. PDT.

A Reddit spokesperson declined to comment on what caused the outage or how long it will take to resolve.

Downdetector has received over 60,000 reports of platform issues, and many TechCrunch reporters have confirmed problems loading Reddit.

There is no content on the web page, and a pop-up says, “Sorry, we couldn’t load posts for this page.” The iOS app still displays content downloaded several hours ago, but no comments are displayed.

According to Reddit, over 100,000 active communities worldwide cover various topics and interests.

Reddit downtime revealed a “data security incident” last month in which a hacker used a “sophisticated phishing campaign” to access internal documents and business information.

According to the company, it became aware of the phishing attack on February 5 and that the information accessed may have included “limited Reddit code, limited contact information for a small number of company contacts and employees (current and former), as well as limited advertiser information.”

According to Reddit, no high-risk data such as credit card information, company financial information, account passwords, campaign strategy, or performance were accessed.

Reddit confidentially filed a draft registration statement with the SEC for a proposed initial public offering in December 2021. The company is worth more than $10 billion.

Reddit was founded in 2005 and was purchased by Condé Nast the following year. Condé Nast spun out the site in 2011, while Advance Publications, Condé Nast’s parent company, retains a minority stake.

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