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Elon Musk opens up about having ‘Asperger’s’ on SNL

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Elon Musk during SNL appearance

Tech guru Elon Musk revealed he has ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ during his debut appearance on SNL.

Tesla and Space-X founder Elon Musk revealed he has ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ during his recent Saturday Night Live appearance. He said he’s the person openly on the spectrum to host the program.

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s [syndrome] to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it.”

TESLA CEO ELON MUSK AT SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

“I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak… which I’m told makes for great comedy,” he joked in his opening monologue. “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL.”

This claim has since been challenged, with social media users pointing out that past SNL hosts Dan Aykroyd and Jerry Seinfield also ahves Asperger’s syndrome.

“Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

Musk went on to say, “To anyone who’s been offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars, and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” he said.

However, many advocates in this area are concerned about Musk’s use of labelling, and what it will mean for the neurodivergent community.

This criticism has been echoed on social media, pointing out that professionals no longer use the term ‘Asperger’s’ as a diagnosis.

One Twitter user, @wpetruziello writes, “Elon Musk does not represent the autistic community.”

Dogecoin Plummets

Musk also took his cameo as an opportunity to plug the meme crypto, Dogecoin.

Shortly after, stocks fell by nearly 30% to $0.5 from around $0.7.

The price then rebounded from its low to around $0.57 after SNL finished.

During his appearance, the Space-X CEO said the cryptocurrency would “take over the world,” calling himself the “Dogefather.”

This comes after prices soared amid anticipation of Musk’s much-anticipated cameo during the past week.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users

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The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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Gucci goes big in metaverse with new Vault Art Space

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Forward thinkers who love fashion, this exhibit is for you

Luxury brand Gucci has opened a Vault Art Space as it continues to explore the art world and the metaverse

Gucci inaugurated the gallery in a partnership with NFT marketplace SuperRare

The debut exhibit is titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci”

Spring Cry by Alanna Vanacore

Keep your eye out for a special selection of NFT artworks, each a collectible fragment of Gucci’s heritage.

The artworks are showcased and auctioned off directly on Vault’s website in three drops between now and the end of July.

All sales will be in Ethereum.

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Samsung penalised for misleading Galaxy phone users

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Samsung Electronics Australia will pay $14 million after admitting that it misled customers about its phone’s waterproof capabilities

The false or misleading claims were made about the water resistance of several phones, including the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 8 Samsung Galaxy phones.

It’s understood there were more than 3.1 million of these Galaxy phones sold in Australia.

The company says if the phones were submerged in pool or sea water there was chance of the charging port being corroded and stop working if the phone was charged while still wet.

“The phones would display a warning message to discourage consumers from attempting to charge the phones while water was in the charging port,” the company said.

“The phones also had inbuilt systems to minimise the prospect of corrosion if the phones were attempted to be charged while water remained in the charging port.”

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Australia’s consumer watchdog says they reviewed hundreds of complaints from customers who experienced issues with their Galaxy phones.

“The case only relates to a prospect of corrosion of the charging port (if charged while pool or
sea water remained in the charging port), and only following submersion in pool or sea
water. It does not relate to water resistance generally,” the company explained.

Affected customers are urged to contact Samsung.

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