If you have an email ending in @hotmail.com, @live.com or @outlook.com (or any other Microsoft-related domain), please consider changing it to another email provider; Microsoft decided to instantly block the server's IP, so emails can't be sent to these addresses.
If you use an @yahoo.com email or any related Yahoo services, they have blocked us also due to "user complaints"
continued lulz at twitter
split into another thread because it's not quite "political" in the usual sense and also on request of fourteenwings
https://t.co/9nJ93UKpa4 get at me . all accounts not on this page are fraud. fuck twitter
(that link goes to https://linktr.ee/drilreal )
(four images of a projected message onto the Twitter HQ building saying "Musk's hellscape", "#StopToxicTwitter", "launching to bankruptcy", and "Elon Musk, STFU!")
This is the soap opera that keeps on giving.
This also isn't owning anyone else; it's a self-own of epic proportions at this point.
meanwhile, one of the candidates in Alaska's congressional race:
in other meme news:
This is before this latest stage of the meltdown.
Also, and I guess this probably counts as a rather direct response to fourteenwings (not @-ing him in case he doesn't want to see this, since he did say before he didn't want to see more of it):
Yeah, it's not just "people posting opinions that liberals don't like". There's a reason certain content has been frowned upon.
the fact that he's still asking people to prove their qualifications to him shows how he doesn't understand the situation he's in lol
here's someone's take on the soap opera
also Musk claims that Kathie Griffin, Jordan Peterson, and Babylon Bee have been reinstated
enjoy your dose of People With Opinions Liberals Don't Like i guess
he also claims that there's a "freedom of speech but not freedom of reach" policy on Twitter with regards to objectionable content, with "Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet."
congrats on belatedly figuring out how Mastodon does things, lel
(also apaprently "freedom of speech is not freedom of reach" is a Sasha Baron Cohen line)
(tweet is in reply to Elon Musk's tweet stating that Donald Trump will be reinstated. this tweet shows a picture showing an Elon Musk tweet from October 28, 2022, stating that "Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.")
Well I guess promises don't matter when he can own the libs.
Edit: Here's the actual tweet from Elon Musk that's being referenced there
YARR YARR FIDDLE DEE DEE
BEING A PIRATE IS ALL RIGHT WITH ME
DO WHAT YOU WANT CAUSE A PIRATE IS FREE
YOU ARE A PIRATE
Congrats; it's gonna cost more to rehire people. Assuming you can even get them back.
You see, there's a set of beliefs which has recently been noticed as the ideology of Silicon Valley billionaires, a sort of technologically-minded libertarianism. Libertarianism as the ideology of billionaires isn't surprising, if perhaps a bit misleading since it's a bit too much freedom-minded for folks who don't want their factory drones get too high, but where the difference lies is in that it got cut with a lot of, shall we say, pop-science stuff. Cryonics, evil AIs, neuralinks, the like. I guess you could say they are mainstreaming it, since about the only vaguely mainstream one of that ilk is Nick Bostrom, who wrote a book on the threat of evil AIs, but AFAIK even so he shied away for going all the way to "evil robots from future will drag you to computer hell for not giving all your savings to some neckbeard who wrote a mildly interesting Harry Potter fanfic".
So, Nick Bostrom, Peter Singer, and the whole "rationalist" crowd. Add the notions of the heroic capitalist into the mix, and you get folks like Musk deeply convinced they are not only superior by virtue of having more money, but also freaking world-saving superheroes to an almost literal extent. So, the stupid shizzle he does isn't just because he made bad decisions, he made those decisions because he sees himself as some sort of maverick hero saving the world from itself against the masses of sheeple who don't think "rationally" or "long-term".
Makes me think there's some sort of generational thing. Bill Gates is also a billionaire, but he engages in much saner stuff, like third world vaccination. When the lessbonk party got going, he was already established, so he never had the time to develop the taste for kool-aid or some such.
This article summarizes Twitter's current (as of a few days ago) problems with advertisers. Some of the observations include:
* many advertisers are pausing and/or reducing ad spending on Twitter
* Elon Musk has apparently personally called (or at least sought to do so) chief executives to "berate" them for curbing advertising
* lots of employees have left, most relevantly in ad sales but also technical staff
* some advertisers are even having technical issues with advertising on the site
* Mr. Musk blames leftists (lel)
Techbro-mentality-fueled market disruption strategy and self-aggrandization doesn't solve all problems, who'd have thunk.
TL;DR the Boring Company, Musk's tunnel-building company, promises to build major infrastructure projects better and for cheap and undercut competitors by a lot, and then fails to deliver. And it's done this in multiple locations already -- San Bernardino, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Maryland.
There's a similar pattern of promising big things and getting a lot of glitzy attention only to run into the problems of reality later on.
(He blames excessive government regulations, because of course he blames something else. Though as the article points out, the state of Maryland (with a Republican governor, even) fast-tracked permits for the project Boring was supposed to be working on. Yet the company still ghosted the state.)
More updates on the business situation.
There's a lot of cost-cutting, in ways that are patently unsustainable. Like, literally not paying a bunch of bills, including but not limited to rent. There's also firing people, from kitchen staff to the trust and safety team, and even selling off kitchen equipment.
There's also a lot of legal wrangling waiting in the wings. And there's been shake-ups in the legal team -- not just when Musk took over the company, but even with Musk's own guy (i.e. Alex Spiro) leaving (seemingly due to Musk's displeasure).
And apparently there's also the idea floating around of not paying severance for employees who've left. Of course, if they violate more agreements this will just mean even more legal wrangling.
This is all gonna take a while to play out.
In light of the legal and financial troubles the company is facing, this whole recent thing about the "Twitter files" regarding Hunter Biden feels like more of a distraction, heh.
6:15 PM · Dec 15, 2022
6:39 PM · Dec 15, 2022
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free speech lol
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9:06 PM · Jun 5, 2022
meanwhile Elon Musk's mom tries to defend him on Twitter
She helpfully posts a screenshot of the policy (despite her not understanding that people using Twitter are not "giv[ing] a talk for a corporation"), which leads us to the following tweet, in which famed shitposter dril gives boldly said policy the what-for.
(It's a linktree link.)
Meanwihle I found this over on Mastodon.
Toots don't embed, but that toot just contains a picture, which I'll repost here.
It's specifically my reupload of the picture onto Twitter. If Twitter goes down, then you'll know. >=D
Also, yes, that says "You wouldn't link a Mastodon", as an edit of "You wouldn't download a car", from that infamously silly anti-piracy ad.
10:11 PM · Dec 18, 2022
somehow i didn't notice this before. thanks.
It so happens I stumbled upon an article that name-drops some of the issues I brought up in the quoted post. Since it's tangentially related to the thread, I'm providing a link here:
It's the return of the Kim Dotcom!
(Yes, same guy who gave us MegaUpload. Then again, what with Twitter's checkmarks being a little crazy these days, who knows?)
The funniest thing is, even if Musk and the Twitter staff make this change, that means there's now more details to sweat over, and (assuming there's still gonna be regular polls) more features to maintain. Also this change is also based on another very recent change itself, and of course a lot of Twitter staff have left the company during this very tumultuous time, meaning...whoever's gonna be handling this is gonna have a fun time with ironing out software bugs.
there's other recent developments such as login issues but I don't feel like going out of my way to look that up so don't take this thread as some sort of comprehensive assessment of what's going on there
yeah, that's FYI, potential data breach affecting some 400 million Twitter accounts.
good reminder of why you should be using different passwords on different sites