Scoop: #WhiteHouse won't pay for #Twitter verification
Official White House staffers rely on their verified accounts to inform the public on behalf of the administration. Verification, combined with the designated Twitter profiles, helped to ensure the public could trust those messages.
#ElonMusk announced earlier in March that Twitter will begin removing legacy verified check marks on April 1
Just found out a few things:
1. Twitter published their twitter algorithm on github, you can see here: https://github.com/twitter/the-algorithm.git
2. It actually had code in it's stats collection code to check for Elon Musk (also Democrats, Republicans, and VITs/very important tweeters)
3. They removed the code, but in a super obvious way: https://github.com/twitter/the-algorithm/commit/ec83d01dcaebf369444d75ed04b3625a0a645eb9
It's an absolute barrel of laughs for the demonstratable incompetence of it all.
Was pushed 10 hours ago, 00:00 GMT, with no branches and 3 commits. Are you seriously asking me to believe that this is the code they've been using in prod?
I simply don't believe anyone would really hard code "author_is_elon".
If I wanted to track my personal account's performance, I'd make a query for it. Even if I wanted to special case boosts for my account, it wouldn't be done like this.
It's April 1.
Or there is some seriously lousy programming going on.
The line in question is at the very end of what looks like a ludicrously long switch statement (I don't know Scala BTW). I don't see how you could validate this code.
Thanks to the innovative mind #elonmusk it's finally here:
Verification badges on my #Twitch follower list tools. Sign up for Bronze, Silver or Gold verification.
Once verified you will never get added to my "known bots" list, even if you are act like one!
Was tun, wenn wenige Vielflieger*innen einen Freifahrtschein bekommen, das Klima zu zerstören?
➡️ Wir haben einen Vorschlag, der soziale Gerechtigkeit und Klimaschutz verbindet:
Monthly #emissions summary for 2023/3 #CO2emissions #billgates #jeffbezos #elonmusk #markzuckerberg #markbenioff
Teile des Twitter-Codes waren öffentlich einsehbar
Teile des Codes von Twitter waren aufgrund eines schwerwiegenden Datenleaks öffentlich im Internet einsehbar. In Verdacht steht ein ehemaliger Mitarbeiter.
Like it or not, but the ideas behind #Bluesky to allow a marketplace of algorithms (think of positive ideas like discoverability), combined with being decentralized (and account portability), while also offering a smoother onboarding than #Mastodon, might make it a more promising alternative to #Twitter.
I also have to say it’s actually good to see #ElonMusk / Twitter showing the algorithms and the other source code behind how things work.
Zojuist de daad bij het woord gevoegd: mijn #Twitter-account gedeactiveerd. En dat is geen 1 april-grap.
Geen zin meer in de fratsen van "mister money" #ElonMusk
Doe lekker mee! Gooi vandaag ook je Twitter-account in de prullenbak!
🇬🇧 I have a confession! Tonight I rethought my behavior and find that I miss #Twitter after all. #ElonMusk is a genius. #Mastodon is crap and nothing happens here. That's why I'm going back to Twitter goodbye!
🇵🇱 Muszę się Wam do czegoś przyznać! Dzisiaj w nocy przemyślałem swoje zachowanie i stwierdzam, że jednak tęsknię za #Twitter. #ElonMusk to geniusz. #Mastodon to gówno i nic się tutaj nie dzieje. Dlatego wracam na Twittera żegnajcie!
The #AI pause letter signed by #ElonMusk has fake signatures, and has been denounced as unhinged.
That's physicist #MaxTegmark's reputation buggered. His #FutureOfLife institute behind the open letter should have known better, and its incompetence will hinder credible criticism of AI/Machine Learning.
Le copain de notre libertarien de Méprisant de la République, cet #ElonMusk qui menaçait de supprimer les stocks options des salariés de #Tesla s'il se syndiquait vient juste de se voir condamner par un juge 5 ans après mais ça ne devrait pas ouvrir ses chakras au partage social
News organizations reject #ElonMusk 's demand of paying to keep checkmarks on #Twitter The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, POLITICO, and Vox all scoffed at the notion on Thursday that they would pay Twitter for the feature, which has been free since it was introduced years ago but will soon be phased out. https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/30/media/news-organizations-elon-musk-twitter-checkmark/index.html
Today's the start of the #Twitter #verified #bluecheckmark #Shakedown!
#ElonMusk is trying to get people to pay for their free verified checkmarks. He's letting anyone who pays $8 to parody a person or a brand that didn't pay Twitter for their old free Blue Checkmark. It's extortion. A shakedown.
A parody account that is verified (for 8 bucks a month) liked my tweet. Note you do NOT see the name of the parody account, only the icon for The @NewYorkTimes and the Blue checkmark.
Hmmm, so really Elon is hoping the “community” will improve twitter for free. That is a good way for him to save engineering resource.
Right now though it shows that indeed the man who says he wants the algorithm not to be gamed by people has indeed gamed it to promote himself.
#ElonMusk wants the free legacy #verified accounts to pay for #BlueCheckmarks. If they don't, he'll let people parody and mock them for 8 bucks.
Will it work? Will they pay up? Or will they suffer the slings and arrows of the #outrageous fortune Musk spent on #Twitter?
"Florida principal resigns after sending $100K to scammer posing as Elon Musk"
Principal "was repeatedly warned it was a scam..."
#Florida #CharterSchools #Scam #ElonMusk
eicker.news #technews »#Celebrities don’t want to pay #ElonMusk for a #Twitter #bluecheck.« https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/31/celebrity-blue-check-twitter-verification/
@Muskmelon the lawsuit nails Elon's personality to a tee. #ElonMusk
#ElonMusk asked a U.S. judge on March 31 to throw out a $258 billion racketeering lawsuit accusing him of running a pyramid scheme to support the cryptocurrency #Dogecoin.
I'm always amazed when people take information that's been in the public record for ages and act surprised.
That #ElonMusk has been a psychopath all his life IS NOT NEWS. The only "news" is "news mongers got hoodwinked by a psychopath…again". C.f. Donald Trump beforehand…
@chancerydaily so glad he's finally living his authentic self as a little cum boy. #ElonMusk
this one has the emoji indicia nailed
⚠️🇨🇳Musk to bypass official diplomacy and plans direct technology transfer with Chinese Premier | Could China buy Twitter? (Reuters News VIDEO) #Ukraine #News #Invasion #Russia #Twitter #Mastodon #9yearsOfWarInUkraine #WantedDeadOrAlive #China #Musk #ElonMusk #Starlink #Twitter
#ElonMusk defended his controversial pay model for #Twitter, claiming that any social media platform that didn't follow suit would fail because they would be swarmed by bots
"Social media platforms’ economic incentives simply don't value the socially important reasons behind verification, and verification was once what made Twitter useful.
If journalists can no longer easily figure out who said what, they will stop using Twitter as a source. As Twitter’s utility fades, so too will its prominence."
⚠️🇺🇸Elon Musk puts a price tag on Twitter's blue check mark as Twitter costs user a subscription fee | (DW Business News VIDEO) #Ukraine #Mastodon #News #Twitter #Musk #ElonMusk #Starlink #Invasion #Russia #9yearsOfWarInUkraine #WantedDeadOrAlive
Twitter Blue gets you billionaire-to-billionaire tech support #Twitter #TwitterBlue #ElonMusk #MarkCuban
Your reminder that Elon Musk's 'self-made tech business genius' is a complete myth he fabricated through financial fraud & false associations.
@verge_rss It's like he remembers that companies use #Twitter for business and what was like "OH SHIT!"
"Celebrities don’t want to pay Elon for a blue check"
"Scoop: White House won't pay for Twitter verification"
For a little while into Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, folks, myself included, wondered if he's trying to destroy Twitter on purpose, or just really bad at managing a company.
And I think it's pretty clear now that he just likes to take risks, as rich people often have the opportunity to do so, and being addicted to Twitter, he really just overestimated how addicted the rest of us are. (1/2)
I can't seem to find the code that made #ElonMusk tweets to recommended to us all after he wasn't the most tweeted about during the #superbowl
Did they remove it, or is this code sitting somewhere else higher up in the tree? Thus, showing that this release isn't all that actually and is just there to keep us busy.
I’m hoping all the Elon Musk blue tick #TwitterBlue changes are an elaborate #AprilFoolsDay hoax otherwise I’m guessing a lot more celebs will be looking for new platforms #elonmusk #mastoart
#ElonMusk ’s #twitter pushes #hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages :
#TwitterMigration #Mastodon #Fediverse #SocialMedia #news #politics #washingtonpost #extremism
Elon Musk is actively dismantling the experience that brought people to Twitter in the first place. They’re not going to pay for a declining platform.
When Twitter dies, it needs to take Musk and the genius myth he built around himself with it. We shouldn’t let him try to shape our future anymore.
Twitter’s ad revenue is down 89% and not many users are signing up to its paid subscription. In April, it’s removing “legacy” blue checks and further prioritizing paid accounts.
For Disconnect, I explain that Elon Musk needs this to push more users to subscribe to Twitter Blue so he can pay his $1.5 billion in annual interest payments. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
Now #ElonMusk is giving us a specific time (tomorrow, Noon PT) that the #Twitter algorithm will be #OpenSource ~ #tech #news #SocialMedia
Elon reneged on a $1B pledge to OpenAI & now his throwing a tantrum.
"Elon Musk Is 'Sad' Because Microsoft's Bing Is Having A 'Cinderella Moment'" - Benzinga
#ai #Microsoft #Bing #openai #ElonMusk #chatgpt #gpt
"After Mr. Musk requested to meet with Ms. Khan, she consulted with the enforcement division inside the F.T.C.’s consumer protection bureau, which has been leading the Twitter investigation, according to the email among agency staff members describing the situation. Acting on the enforcement team’s advice, Ms. Khan declined to meet with Mr. Musk at that time."
“I am a very smart lady, well educated.”
You’re a fucking idiot is what you are.
https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxj8dy/principal-sends-dollar100000-of-school-funds-to-fake-elon-musk-claims-she-was-groomed #pullthewooloveryourowneyes #elonmusk #janmcgee #floridawoman
Elon Musk’s #Twitter Widens Its Censorship of Modi’s Critics
"Two months after teaming up with the Indian government to censor a #BBC documentary on human rights abuses by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Twitter is yet again collaborating with #India to impose an extraordinarily broad crackdown on speech."
This was posted on Spoutible.
NYT and several other news organizations are refusing to pony up for verification, because it's a worthless designation now.
April 1st is going to be a mass exodus from the Bird App.
Welcome to 4Chan on steroids.
Elon Musk, after childishly slamming the door on OpenAI in a huff, realized the mistake he made & tried to haphazardly create his own AI research lab.
But discovering how far behind he is, he tries to manipulate governments into slowing his competition down until he can catch up.
"Elon Musk recruits team to develop OpenAI's ChatGPT rival" https://www.reuters.com/technology/elon-musk-recruits-team-develop-openai-rival-information-2023-02-28/
"Musk's AI letter is a 'hot mess' of hype, say critics"
#ai #Microsoft #openai #ElonMusk #chatgpt
@dankeck actually none of those options are correct for me.
I used to be a regular #Twitter user with having a goal to get verified there - I never got verified there.
Now, as you see, I am on #Mastodon . Decided to leave #birdsite owned by #ElonMusk and switch to #Fediverse since here we have verification too - via labels.
Actually, I got my first account on birdsite banned, then my second account was banned 3 times (and unbanned).
I decided to say hey to Fediverse, since no autobans here.
#Twitter I was watching Chicago Med on NBC last night. They have a story line about a billionaire genius benefactor who funds the hospital and offered it futuristic tech for surgery. All gushing and stuff. I was wondering how long the love affair would last. In the last episode, it’s revealed that the founder only wants paying customers to benefit from his tech. Amazing timing, considering this was written/produced months ago. But, catching up #ElonMusk #ChicagoMed
After #ChatGPT's big splash, Elon Musk began planning his own Artificial Intelligence research lab with former Google AI researcher Igor Babuschkin.
Now, finding himself behind by years of AI research, he announces that he thinks everyone else should 'pause' their AI research.
"Elon Musk recruits team to develop OpenAI's ChatGPT rival" - The Information https://www.reuters.com/technology/elon-musk-recruits-team-develop-openai-rival-information-2023-02-28/
#ai #Microsoft #openai #ElonMusk #chatgpt
Elon Musk pledged $1B to OpenAI as a founder.
But when they wouldn't make him CEO, he stomped off in a tantrum & reneged on his $1B commitment. OpenAI, suddenly scrambling for funding, went looking for supporters & guess who came to OpenAI's rescue?
"Microsoft: The Unseen Savior of OpenAI" – BigTechWire
#ai #openai #Microsoft #ElonMusk
According to #data: "#Twitter Blue is actually a service primarily used by people who do not have any real audience or community that they’re active participants in. And this effectively makes Blue more of an attempt at monetizing access and influence for people who don’t have any and are desperate enough to pay to get it. And now we’re seeing #ElonMusk really struggle to manage the subsequent cringe of giving people that access and influence." ~ https://www.garbageday.email/p/managing-the-cringe #tech #news #SocialMedia
Folks that still use Twitter, today's annoucnement by TwitterDev is yet another reason why we all should move to Mastodon permanently.
The principal of a charter school in Florida resigned after falling for a scammer posing as Elon Musk.
#Tech #elonmusk #charterschool #groom
Kommentar zum Offenen Brief: KI-Pause ist gut, KI-Regulierung ist besser
Der Aufruf, die Entwicklung von KI-Systemen zu pausieren, sorgt für Streit. Dabei haben die meisten den Text offenbar nicht einmal gelesen. Schade.
“Since Musk took over he has set about dismantling everything that made #Twitter valuable—making it his mission to drive out expertise, scare away celebrities, bully reporters and—on the flip side—reward the bad actors, spammers and sycophants who thrive in the opposite environment: An information vacuum.”
#ElonMusk #TwitterTakeover https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/28/twitter-is-dying/
Twitter verified blue check users to lose their status on April 1st unless they start monthly payments.
Ed Zitron says it as it is: Hands down the best 💎 analysis on how #ElonMusk doesn't understand the soul and core nature of #Twitter and why he keeps destroying it while desperately trying to get more attention.
Free Bird - Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At
Gericht: Github muss Daten zum Twitter-Quelltext-Diebstahl herausgeben
Anfang Januar veröffentlichte ein Github-Nutzer Teile der Twitter-Quelltexte. Jetzt hat ein Gericht die Herausgabe von Daten angeordnet.
Elon Musk konkretisiert: Auch Konten, denen man folgt, werden vorgeschlagen
Nicht nur bezahlte Accounts werden bei Twitter künftig im "Für dich"-Feed vorgeschlagen, auch die, denen man folgt – konkretisiert Elon Musk.
Ars Technica: Report: Twitter secretly boosted accounts instead of treating everyone equally https://arstechnica.com/?p=1927341 #Tech #arstechnica #IT #Technology #twitterblue #ElonMusk #spambots #Twitter #Policy #bots
This is pretty neat: https://fedifeed.herokuapp.com/
Basically a "for you" feed based on your #Mastodon timeline, with an algorithm that you control the parameters of.
The best part? It doesn't cost $8 and it pisses off #ElonMusk.
#twitter #twittermigration #foryou #fyp #algorithm #fedifeed #elon #twitterblue
Hey, wait a minute.
If you’re intending on paying for Twitter in a few days time, this is the bigot you’ll be supporting financially.
(Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might be planning to do so.)
☝️ Go and read, that is, unless you deliberately want to remain "blissfully unaware".
「In November 2020 The New York Times reported that a number of companies, including Nike, Coca-Cola, Apple, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Campbell Soup Company, Costco, H&M, Patagonia, Tommy Hilfiger and others, lobbied Congress to water down the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which was aimed at barring US companies from relying on the forced labour of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region. The companies argued that the ban was too broad and would disrupt the global supply chain.
In September 2019, US billionaire Michael Bloomberg told Firing Line‘s Margaret Hoover that Xi Jinping “is not a dictator” and that he has to “satisfy his constituents”. He also argued that Chinese Communist officials “listen to the public”. Bloomberg’s media company has been criticized in the past for self-censoring in order not to upset the Chinese government.」
「The Origins of the United Front
The CCP was founded in July 1921 in Shanghai. The main objectives of the party were the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat and an alliance with... 」
The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies
#CCP #PRC #china #propaganda #UFWD #unitedfront #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment #EliteCapture #corporatism #globalism #appeasement #sycophancy #musk #elonmusk #tesla #bloomberg #apple #nike #cocacola #costco #adidas #calvinklein #campbell #H&M #patagonia #tommyhilfiger
Twitter Blue: Als Vorschlag aufzutauchen und Umfragen kosten künftig Geld
Wer bei Twitter im "Für dich"-Feed auftauchen möchte, muss künftig ein Twitter-Blue-Konto haben. Gleiches gilt für die Umfrage-Funktion.
Fuck #ElonMusk , he is an asshole. He is an motherfucker, that will never leave you alone, unless you join @Mastodon or leave #Twitter anyways. Just leave it.
@TexasObserver If you hate billionaires like #ElonMusk than you should support Texas Observer. I don’t like billionaires control the news. Please support them! Regular folks like us must help each other.
What did “free speech absolutist." want us to know?
Why these specific parts of the code and not others?
Elon Musk: Twitter ist nur noch die Hälfte wert
Twitter hat nach Angaben von Twitter-Chef Elon Musk deutlich an Wert verloren. Das glaubt er jedoch wieder aufholen zu können.
Well at least #elonmusk succeeded in one thing, making #twitter open source https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/26/technology/twitter-source-code-leak.html