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Should Trump be allowed back on Twitter?



Elon Musk started a Twitter poll asking followers to vote on whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account.

Early results show roughly 60% are voting yes.

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” The poll was open for 24 hours.

Musk, Twitter’s new owner, said in May he would reverse Twitter’s ban on Trump, whose account was suspended after last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Musk said earlier in the day that a decision to bring back Trump’s account was yet to be made, and that Twitter had reinstated some controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.

Musk’s decision to ask Twitter users for guidance on who should be on the platform is part of a huge restructuring of the company, including massive layoffs.

In a memo on Friday to remaining employees that was seen by Reuters, Musk asked those who write software code to report to the 10th floor of the Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco by early afternoon.


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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Move over Black Friday, it’s Cyber Monday



If you’ve still got a bit of cash left over from Black Friday sales, well today is Cyber Monday.

Officially kicking off today, the Cyber Monday sales are widely regarded as some of the biggest and best discounts you’ll see all year.

Some retailers are promising 80 percent discounts off top items.

Black Friday sales raked in a record $9.12 billion from online shoppers this year despite concerns about inflation and higher prices.

Inflation accounts for some of the increase this year, with people paying more to buy less.

Online sales for electronics spiked 221% on Friday compared to an average day in October, with top sellers including Apple MacBooks and watches.

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Australian data is being shared on the dark web



The dark web is booming as millions of Australians have their data published online

Worrying new research has found the cyber black market is booming.

A new ABC investigation has found the highly sensitive personal data of millions of residents is being openly traded online.

The information being shared and sold includes logins for Australian Tax Office accounts, data of thousands of NDIS recipients, plus details of an alleged assault of a school student by their teacher.

Perhaps what’s even more concerning is the fact that all of this information and all of these personal details are being sold and can be purchased for as little as $1 – $10.

Unfortunately, this investigation confirms both the Medibank and Optus hacks represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to confidential information that has been recently stolen by cybercriminals.

At least 12 million Australians have had their data exposed by hackers in recent months and many remain unaware they are victims of an attack.

October’s Medibank hack by the Russian criminal group REvil was a clear example of just how devastating these types of data breaches can be – but it’s certainly not an isolated event.

Cyber attacks are happening every day and authorities are urging people to remain vigilant and ultimately be cyber smart.

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