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Are journalists the problem on Twitter?

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Billionaire Elon Musk wants twitter to become the most accurate source of information about the world

But one digital media manager hit back, triggering thousands to join the debate on the new blue tick fee.

Are journalists the problem on twitter?

It all started with this tweet.

One digital media manager at a local government in Delaware hit back at Musk saying “I’ll let anyone who gives me money appear to be a legitimate source of news, rather than just ensuring all legitimate sources of news are confirmed to be who they say they are”

https://twitter.com/kylegrantham/status/1589426750664347648

Grantham clearly taking a stab at the new blue tick fee Musk introduced to the social media platform since taking over.

Twitter just launched an updated version of its iOS app. The social media platform promises to allow users to pay a monthly subscription to receive a blue checkmark on their profiles, a feature that Elon Musk, the company’s new owner, has backed.

Musk replied back to the media manager, criticising the mainstream media industry.

“You represent the problem: journalists who think they are the only source of legitimate information. That’s the big lie.”

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Grantham came back to Musk, concerned he is making money off verifying users, a feature that he believes (and many on the thread) should be free.

https://twitter.com/kylegrantham/status/1589427858031935489
https://twitter.com/kylegrantham/status/1589443408774692866

Well known people – also with a blue tick – chimed in replying to the thread, with very divided opinions on the matter

One science reporter asking twitter users – Is Elon Musk a trustworthy source of the truth because he has a blue check?

Crypto influencer Matt Wallace wrote “Blue check journalists have blasted Elon Musk with lies on Twitter for over a decade. So he spent 44 billion on Twitter and decided to make them all pay him $8” to his almost 700,000 twitter followers.

It is fact that journalists are not the only sources of legitimate information but are trained to observe ethical conduct, verify news, check credibility.

But does a blue tick mean the user is tweeting factual information? Harkov’s point has gained likes on the thread and says “blue checks without any verification process will make it harder to figure out what is legitimate information.”

https://twitter.com/LouPas/status/1589467966319382528

A U.S. journalist advocate thinks journalists create demand for twitter because its where news breaks first.

What side of the fence you sit on when it comes to being verified on twitter? tweet us @tickernewsco

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet

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The United States’ longstanding advocacy for an open internet faces a critical juncture as Congress considers legislation targeting TikTok.

The proposed measures, including a forced sale or outright ban of TikTok, have sparked concerns among digital rights advocates and global observers about the implications for internet freedom and international norms.

For decades, the U.S. has championed the concept of an unregulated internet, advocating for the free flow of digital data across borders.

However, the move against TikTok, a platform with 170 million U.S. users, has raised questions about the consistency of America’s stance on internet governance.

Read more – Big tech to handover misinformation data

Critics fear that actions against TikTok could set a precedent for other countries to justify their own internet censorship measures.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Gorbunov warned that Russia could use the U.S. decision to justify further restrictions on platforms like YouTube.

Similarly, Indian lawyer Mishi Choudhary expressed concerns that a U.S. ban on TikTok would embolden the Indian government to impose additional crackdowns on internet freedoms.

Moreover, the proposed legislation could complicate U.S. efforts to advocate for an internet governed by international organizations rather than individual countries.

China, in particular, has promoted a vision of internet sovereignty, advocating for greater national control over online content.

A TikTok ban could undermine America’s credibility in urging other countries to embrace a more open internet governed by global standards.

 

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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says AI leads to higher wages

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Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., has outlined his vision for the impact of the firm’s investment in artificial intelligence.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Fink emphasized the connection between productivity gains driven by AI and the potential for rising wages among BlackRock’s workforce.

He explained the firm’s ambition to leverage AI technology to enhance efficiency, enabling employees to accomplish more with fewer resources.

Fink’s remarks underscore BlackRock’s strategic approach to harnessing AI as a tool for optimising operations and driving organisational growth.

Read more – Australia’s productivity gap widens

By leveraging AI-driven productivity enhancements, the company aims to empower its employees to deliver greater value, thereby paving the way for wage increases across the organisation.

The CEO’s statement reflects a broader trend in the intersection of technology and labor dynamics, where advancements in AI and automation have the potential to reshape workforce dynamics and compensation structures.

Fink’s optimism about the transformative impact of AI investment on employee wages highlights BlackRock’s commitment to embracing technological innovation as a catalyst for sustainable business growth and employee prosperity.

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How Udio could threaten the entire music industry

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The music industry faces a formidable challenger in the form of AI technology application Udio.

With the emergence of a groundbreaking new app, concerns are mounting over its potential to revolutionise music creation and consumption.

The app, powered by advanced algorithms and machine learning, promises to streamline the music production process, allowing users to generate high-quality tracks with minimal effort.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss Udio, along with the goods and bads of AI integration in the music industry.

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