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Americans feels more negative than positive about Elon Musk

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A new study has conducted a state-by-state breakdown of Elon Musk’s approval rating after his Twitter takeover

Hawaiians like Elon Musk more than any other U.S. state, according to a new study, which has reviewed over 78,000 tweets from the billionaire Twitter boss.

Most Americans feel more negative (38.2%) than positive (19.2%) towards Elon Musk, while 42.6% are neutral.

The research was commissioned by Exploding Topics, which analyses online trends.

“Some people praise Musk for his business prowess, having founded PayPal and grown Tesla into the EV powerhouse it is today,” said Josh Howarth, who is the co-founder at the company.

“In contrast, others find him problematic, referring to his outspoken nature,” he added.

Massachusetts residents are the most interested in Musk, with a monthly search volume of 1,069 per 100,000 residents turning to Google for information about him.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, 60 per 100,000 citizens tend to search for him online every month.

But Howarth said Musk’s critics are not influenced by their sex.

“Overall, men and women seem to like and dislike the tech entrepreneur an almost equal amount.”

The study used a Cardiff University analytics approach to examine Musk’s tweets. They were only reviewed if they contained U.S. geolocation data.

It found women were slightly more likely to tweet negatively about Musk (39.2%) when compared to men (38.1%).

Raj Shah is a tech analyst at Publicis Sapient, who said Musk has a bold agenda for the social media platform.

“Unlike with SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal, he is taking on a space with both established players and established models.”

“If he instead pivots Twitter from the way we think of it to a  Twitter as an all in one app that rivals WeChat in Asia, then there’s a way to real value generation through a retooling of Twitter, not necessarily a trashing of it,” he said.

What is Elon Musk doing on Twitter?

The world’s richest man completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter on 31 October.

As he stepped into the role of CEO, he fired top executives and has since eliminated nearly half of Twitter’s workforce.

Despite this, Musk said new user signups are at an all-time high following his acquisition of the platform.

In a recent tweet, Musk said “I think I see a path to Twitter exceeding a billion monthly users in 12 to 18 months.”

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Can new tech hires be sustained?

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As technology companies continue to lay off staff, Australian research shows the future may be brighter

Australia has a target of delivering 1.2 million critical tech workers by 2030.

However, the sector has been battered by changes and layoffs since the pandemic came to light.

Kate Pounder is the CEO of the Tech Council of Australia, who said the pandemic changed the playbook for many companies across the sector.

“There is some evidence that there was a boom in job creation and company formation during the pandemic.”

The Tech Council of Australia recently revealed an 8 per cent increase in tech jobs last year.

It means Australia’s tech workforce is around 935,000.

“When there’s change in the labour market, you see people using that to start a business,” Ms Pounder said.

Despite the rapid layoffs across many major technology companies, Ms Pounder said for every job lost over the past quarter, 20 have been created.

“We are finding that the ease of people moving into jobs is getting a little better.

“It’s still challenging to find people in Australia, particularly for people in specialised roles,” she said.

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Tech layoffs reach their highest point in over 20 years

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There have been over 130,000 layoffs across the technology sector in the last five months

 
The technology sector was billed as the most exciting industry to work in.

Big offices, big dreams, big money were all part of the parcel for many companies attracting staff.

As many organisations caught onto the momentum of the pandemic, the same energy has not been particularly met on the other side.

Thousands of workers have since been laid off as the good times stopped rolling.

In fact, the technology sector’s layoffs are the highest since the dotcom bubble burst 22 years ago.

The BT Group is one of the latest companies cutting staff.

Fifty-five thousand have lost their jobs as part of a corporate restructure.

CEO Philip Jansen will freeze his £1.1 million salary until he retires, according to reports from Sky News.

The ground is also shifting as artificial intelligence takes hold and the economy worsens.

BT Group said it is laying off 11,000 staff because of the increased capacity for artificial intelligence in the workplace.

At the same time, companies like Apple and Goldman Sachs are among those restricting or banning the use of tools like ChatGPT amid privacy or data concerns.

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Big tech crackdown on employees using ChatGPT

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Apple and Samsung are among companies restricting or banning the use of ChatGPT

 
Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple and Amazon have banned or restricted OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The tool relies on artificial intelligence to produce responses to prompts entered by users.

However, major brands remain concerned around the privacy risks because of the data ChatGPT uses to improve its accuracy.

Samsung has previously reported employees unintentionally leaking confidential internal source code and meeting recordings through ChatGPT.

Meanwhile, Apple has banned the web-platform over concerns surrounding data leaks.

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