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Elon Musk under federal investigation

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Elon Musk is under a federal investigation relating to his $44 billion takeover deal of Twitter

ELON MUSK SAGA- According to a court filing made public by Twitter, the social media company wants Musk’s attorneys to produce their communications with federal authorities.

Twitter said this they asked months ago but they had not done so yet, so Twitter asked a Delaware judge to order the attorneys to provide the documents.

“Elon Musk is presently under investigation by federal authorities for his conduct in connection with the acquisition of Twitter...

Through counsel, he has exchanged substantive correspondence with those authorities concerning their investigations…

Twitter wants those documents, because they bear upon key issues in this litigation.”

attorneys for Potter Anderson Corroon LLP

In late September, Musk’s attorneys provided a “privilege log” identifying documents to be withheld from discovery.

The court request was filed on the same day the court granted a stay of litigation to allow Twitter and Musk to close the takeover deal.

Twitter’s attorneys insist producing the essential documents would in fact, “create no real burden, because they are a discrete set of easily identifiable materials within the files of the attorneys who wrote, reviewed, or received them.”

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It’s Musk v Twitter in tech war

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A war has broken out between Elon Musk in his battle against Apple.

In a tweet, owner Musk says Apple may ban Twitter from the App store, which would be devastating for his company, and wonders if it has to do with free speech. He even tagged Apple boss Tim Cook.

Musk says: “Apple has threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”

This all comes in the wake of other organisations allegedly following Apple’s suit and cutting back their advertising spending since the $44 billion Musk takeover.

General Mills and Pfizer have been two companies that have gone down this path and diverted their spending elsewhere.

Right now users can still see ads in their Twitter feeds.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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