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Musk’s lawyer pleads with the judge to have the Twitter hearing delayed

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Elon Musk’s lawyer pleads with the judge to have the Twitter hearing delayed, asks for investigation into whistleblower’s claims

Elon Musk’s lawyer has urged the court to delay the Twitter trial, so a whistleblower’s claims can be investigated. The case surrounds Musk’s desire to distance himself from his $44 billion without having to pay a termination fee.

The billionaire’s representation has requested a delay of several weeks, with the whistleblower claiming the Twitter platform has serious security deficiencies.

Musk’s acquisition of the social media giant had cracks in it from day one. The Tesla boss asked Twitter execs to produce information around the number of bots and false accounts on the platform almost immediately after announcing his intention to buy.

Do the whistleblower’s claims stack up?

New information shared by Twitter’s former Head of Security, Peiter Zatko, claims the platform lacks robust data security processes. This helped to support Musk’s reluctance to continue with the purchase.

But current Twitter execs have slammed Zatko’s claims as false. They also accused Musk of grasping at any information possible to back out of their agreement without paying the fee.

Observing this entire situation, it was clear from the beginning that  Musk rushed the purchase announcement. He failed to complete the due diligence required for an acquisition of such significant proportions.

The announcement was accompanied by bold claims surrounding what Musk would change on the platform, once he became the owner.

The initial media coverage generated by these announcements was astronomical. But once this eased, it became clear that Musk was beginning to stall the acquisition process – and his list of requirements from Twitter grew, in line with his reluctance follow through.

Now that Musk wants out, he is trying anything to walk away from the deal with as little cost to him as possible. Musk and the purchase of Twitter may be the most expensive impulse buy in history.

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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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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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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