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X is allegedly slowing down sites targeted by Musk’s feuds

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Elon Musk’s ongoing conflicts with perceived adversaries seem to have taken a new turn.

Recent reports suggest that X, formerly known as Twitter, is intentionally causing delays in loading web pages from websites that have been publicly targeted by Musk.

The New York Times, Mastodon, Bluesky, Threads, and Substack are among the platforms experiencing this slowdown when accessed through X.

Users on the Hacker News forum were the first to notice the delay, estimated to be around 5 seconds, when attempting to access links to the aforementioned websites from within X. The Washington Post later verified the findings.

Notably, the delay is exclusive to specific high-profile websites that Elon Musk has previously engaged in public feuds with. The issue was reportedly first detected on August 4th, prompting suspicions that the delay was intentionally imposed.

This delay appears to be a continuation of Musk’s stance against these companies. On August 4th, the same day as the reported slowdown, Musk referred to The New York Times as a “racial genocide apologist” due to its coverage of South Africa.

Prior to this, Musk had blocked links to Substack, Mastodon, and Threads, which are now also affected by the delay. He had also publicly criticized The New York Times and revoked its verified status in conjunction with the launch of X Premium, previously known as Twitter Blue.

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Musk is currently engaged in a feud with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the launch of Threads, a Twitter competitor.

The situation raises questions about the motive behind the deliberate slowdown. While Musk’s personal grievances seem to be driving the decision, neither X nor Musk himself has provided an official explanation for the delay.

In response to the situation, a spokesperson for The New York Times acknowledged the reports and shared their concerns. The spokesperson stated, “We have not received any explanation from the platform about this move. While we don’t know the rationale behind the application of this time delay, we would be concerned by targeted pressure applied to any news organization for unclear reasons.”

The founders of Substack, including Chris Best, Hamish McKenzie, and Jairaj Sethi, expressed their disapproval of the slowdown. They emphasized that Substack was created as a response to such behaviors by social media companies, highlighting the importance of writers’ ability to build sustainable businesses without being dependent on platforms that exhibit hostile changes.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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