As noted by , this very conspiracy theory was espoused by the man who murdered 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on U.S. soil. The fact that it’s being posted on X in the guise of a discussion (and that it remains posted), only proves what data has been saying about X under Musk’s ownership. An analysis of the platform, first by the Washington Post, found a 105% increase in anti-Semitic posts after Musk bought the platform for $44 billion last October. Now, the platform is worth about $19 billion, with a great deal of the lost value probably a result of Musk’s own tweeting habits.Instead of banning this kind of atrociously racist and anti-Semitic behavior into the ether, never to be seen again, Musk actually engages with it—and endorses it! “You have said the actual truth,” Musk to the post.
Look, it’s hard to find the words for just how bad this is. On one hand, the obvious problem that many have gone to great lengths to explain is that Musk is amplifying a rhetoric that has quite literally cost innocent lives. The richest man in the world, and the most followed man on the platform he owns, should never engage with this type of content. In fact, it should be swiftly removed! His advertisers think so too, which leads me to the second issue at hand.
Musk, who doesn’t have a foot left to shoot at this point, is bleeding essential advertisers at X. Understandably, companies aren’t keen to spend money to place their products next to harmful content. IBM announced on Thursday that it will cease advertising on X after a report by Media Matters for America revealed that IBM’s ads had been displayed alongside tweets promoting Nazi ideology, the Washington Post .
In June, Musk hired X CEO Linda Yaccarino to lure back advertisers while he continues to do and post whatever he wants. I wrote last month about the company’s secret PR man who works quietly alongside Yaccarino and under Musk’s nose because the company’s optics are just that bad, but as Musk , “‘Public Relations’ is a propaganda word for propaganda.” Musk also demolished the company’s trust and safety teams so, let’s see how that goes for him.So, in Yaccarino fashion, she worked swiftly to mop up the mess, that X has “been extremely clear” about its “efforts to combat antisemitism and discrimination.” “There’s no place for it anywhere in the world — it’s ugly and wrong. Full stop,” Yaccarino posted. “Talk to your boss. He needs to fix this. And stop encouraging it, amplifying it, or posting it himself,” a user . “Good luck.”
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Big Windows developments. There’s now an official Windows app for Apple’s devices, for browsers, and for, er, Windows. Initially only available for business users, the app makes it possible to stream a copy of Microsoft’s operating system from a remote PC, . It supports multiple monitors and peripherals. Meanwhile, in yet another victory for EU regulators and citizens, Microsoft is preparing to offer Europeans a version of Windows that allows them to uninstall Bing search and the Edge browser, to comply with the new Digital Markets Act.
Google delays Gemini. Google was supposed to release its next big AI model, Gemini, this month. But according to , that isn’t happening. Instead, the large language model will only become available in the first quarter of next year, which is not good news for Google’s slowing-down cloud sales.
Silicon Valley fraudster. Mike Rothenberg, a venture capitalist who was known for throwing lavish parties and investing in the likes of Robinhood and SpaceX, has been convicted of fraud and money laundering. As , Rothenberg settled SEC charges in 2019 but was then hit with Justice Department charges that led to yesterday’s verdict.
ON OUR FEED“Clyde will be deactivated at the end of the month. By December 1, 2023, users will no longer be able to invoke Clyde in DMs, Group DMs or server chats.”
—Discord the experimental AI chatbot that it launched back in March. And yes, that’s as much explanation as users are getting.
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YouTube AI tests. John Legend, Charli XCX and T-Pain are among the artists who have agreed to work with YouTube and Google DeepMind on tests of AI-generated music that include simulacra of their voices.Here’s Demi Lovato, who’s also taking part in the Dream Track experiment, in a statement : “The development of AI technology is rapidly changing the way we navigate the landscape, and I believe as artists we need to be a part of shaping what that future looks like.” And here’s , sounding marginally more robotic than usual.
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