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Report: Elon Musk Gives Twitter Staffers Deadline to Stay or Go

The Tesla CEO summarized that to build “Twitter 2.0,” the social media company would need to be “extremely hardcore.”

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In the latest news regarding Twitter, new owner Elon Musk is giving the staff that has remained following the mass layoffs the ultimatum of whether they want to stay or go. 

Musk wants an answer as to whether staff wants to be part of the new “hardcore” Twitter by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday or be let go with three months of severance pay (h/t Forbes). 

The Tesla CEO summarized that to build “Twitter 2.0,” the social media company would need to be “extremely hardcore.” As a result, those who decide to stay will work long hours at high intensity. “Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”

“If you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below… Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful,” Musk said in an email to staffers.

This news comes on the heels of a Gergely Orosz report that the fired employees made remarks on internally public watercooler channels, where people joke around or let out the steam.

This news led many, such as former radio host and podcaster Joe Walsh, to criticize Musk

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Report: The Recount Intends to Suspend Operations

Despite its short history, the company pivoted its focus a few times and quickly burned through the money it raised.

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After four years of existence, The Recount, a video news startup launched in 2018, informed staffers it plans to suspend operations next Friday, per Axios

The company has raised over $34 million since 2020 but has not found a profitable business model. Moreover, like most media outlets, its chances worsened amid the financial downturn.

Axios added to its reporting that The Recount’s leaders are still in talks with buyers, and they may try to persist with their operations if they can reach an agreement before next Friday’s deadline.

Despite its short history, the company pivoted its focus a few times and quickly burned through the money it raised. Last month, The Recount lost $10 million in 2021 on $1 million in revenue.

Many of The Recount’s staff were laid off last month, reducing its total employee count to around a dozen. Those cuts came after a round of cuts in the spring that reduced its staff roughly in half from approximately 75.

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FCC Commissioner: Americans Need To Stop Using TikTok 

Brendan Carr is once again sounding the alarm about the dangers of TikTok to the American youth.

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Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr is once again sounding the alarm about the dangers of TikTok to the American youth.

Carr appeared on “The Glenn Beck Show” Thursday to discuss why lawmakers seem to be ignoring the obvious of TikTok.

“What’s really happening when you’re using TikTok, every time you swipe or click or search, what you’re doing is feeding, improving, and training China’s artificial intelligence,” said Carr.

Carr told Beck that China has promised to dominate the world in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030 for the purposes of surveillance and asserting its control.

“The idea that we are sending these clips and data back to Beijing and improving their AI and that’s going to come back and bite us in ways that are unrelated to Tik Tok itself,” said Carr.

Carr said China’s big fallback is that they don’t understand Western free thinking and that’s why there’s such an aggressive push to collect our data and analyze it to understand how our Western culture functions.  

“They need Americans to be on Tik Tok to observe their usage of data to create their AI. We do need to look broadly at how we can stop China from growing their artificial intelligence.” 

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Twitter Suspends Kanye West After More Anti-Semitic Comments

“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence,” Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted.

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Twitter has removed Kanye West from its platform after the controversial figure tweeted more anti-Semitic comments.

West was officially removed after he tweeted a picture that showed a swastika inside a Star of David, and insinuated that would be the logo he used for a presidential campaign in 2024.

“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence,” Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted. “Account will be suspended.”

West also tweeted a photo of Musk shirtless on a yacht being sprayed by another billionaire with a hose.

Musk later clarified that West was being removed from the platform due to his “incitement to violence” rather than the unflattering picture.

Weeks ago, Musk said Twitter under his watch will be “freedom of speech, not freedom of reach”.

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