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Nice job, Twitter - NPR has now officially quit twitter.

Twitter being seen as obviously unreliable and biased is one of the worst possible things that an aggregator can do. Even if it isn't accurate - though in this case it obviously is - that perception will massively harm who cares about it and why, in the same way it harms Truth Social and Parler. 

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NPR is instituting a "two-week grace period" so the staff who run the Twitter accounts can revise their social-media strategies. Lansing says individual NPR journalists and staffers can decide for themselves whether to continue using Twitter.

In an email to staff explaining the decision, Lansing wrote, "It would be a disservice to the serious work you all do here to continue to share it on a platform that is associating the federal charter for public media with an abandoning of editorial independence or standards."

 

 

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Discord says it is cooperating in probe of classified material breach

https://www.rawstory.com/discord-says-it-is-cooperating-in-probe-of-classified-material-breach/

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.... The source of the documents is not publicly known, but reporting by the open-source investigative site Bellingcat has traced their earliest appearance to Discord, a communications platform popular with gamers. ....

 

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THE DISCORD LEAKS
Leak of military secrets on Discord marks a new step for social media
Two raucous chat rooms devoted to ironic inside jokes about military weapons and geopolitics helped spread a historic leak of American intelligence

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/04/12/discord-documents-oxide-wow-mao/

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They were the irreverent misfits of a military YouTube creator’s fan forum who regrouped in a chatroom known as Thug Shaker Central — named for a meme taken from a gay porn video they often used for shock and laughs.

Now, they are linked to a devastating leak of U.S. intelligence: a set of highly classified documents exposing American espionage and secret assessments of the Ukraine war, some posted months ago in an unmoderated corner of the internet where anyone with an invite could see them.

The episode draws a stark contrast from previous leaks that in recent years have sent Washington scrambling. The leaker here did not enlist teams of reporters to get the message out, as Edward Snowden did when he shared highly classified documents he’d pirated from the National Security Agency, or WikiLeaks did when it sought to publicize the thousands of classified documents it received from a disaffected U.S. Army intelligence specialist in Iraq.

Nor does it appear to have been the work of a foreign adversary, like the 2016 hack of Democratic National Committee emails that were scooped up by Russian operatives and posted to the web in an effort, U.S. officials concluded, intended to help the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.

Instead, the leak appears to have hinged on a single person with privileged access to top secret documents, a small inner circle of supporters willing to dissect and share the records, and a group chat service, Discord, that operates at a frenetic pace and is largely invisible to the rest of the internet.

The leak highlights the challenge for the U.S. government in guarding the documents it shares with the roughly 3 million people with security clearances nationwide. Any of them can use a service like Discord anonymously, sharing records for their own personal purposes with little fear of company punishment or even review. 

While members of the military have been warned not to download TikTok to their phones, and Congress openly discusses banning it, little has been said about Discord, even as it’s grown to encompass roughly 19 million chatrooms, called servers, with 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

The episode also throws a spotlight on the evolution of social media, where a growing number of users gather not on public forums that anyone, including law enforcement and military intelligence, can see, but in walled-off, invitation-only private spaces that the online platforms themselves rarely monitor.

Discord, which is based in San Francisco, said in a statement that it is cooperating with law enforcement and declined to comment further. The company has said members of its safety team can ban users, shut down chatrooms and alert the authorities when they see content that violates its rules. ....

 

 

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More space nerd smartest guy in the room humor of unscheduled disassembly.  Though this is, of course, planned.

As someone in Silicon Valley said to somebody, "So many of these guys read some sf while growing up, and then they played video games, so think uploading consciousness, living on other planets, being the only ruler of the universe is all real."

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Just saw this, Musky havin' another fit, this time suing MS for illegal use of Twitter data ....

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-65332207

... Microsoft's plan to remove Twitter from its corporate advertising platform. ...

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To think this colossal, hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars shift in valuation, staffing, and revenue is basically all a result of a rich kid throwing a temper tantrum and buying a horse even though his dad told him not to, because he'd never been inside a stable before.

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44 minutes ago, Zorral said:

More space nerd smartest guy in the room humor of unscheduled disassembly.  Though this is, of course, planned.

As someone in Silicon Valley said to somebody, "So many of these guys read some sf while growing up, and then they played video games, so think uploading consciousness, living on other planets, being the only ruler of the universe is all real."

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Just saw this, Musky havin' another fit, this time suing MS for illegal use of Twitter data ....

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-65332207

... Microsoft's plan to remove Twitter from its corporate advertising platform. ...

Is the legal team at MS operating at the Death Star levels of Disney?  No, not quite.

Still, I feel like Musk's hollowed-out husk of a Twitter organization may or may not find that engaging in legal battles with Redmond is a losing proposition.  It may be that rather than picking a fight with MS, Twitter's general counsel might best spend his or her time dealing with queries and subpoenas from the EU.

New prop bet:  Twitter is out of business by 2030 if Musk maintains ownership and continues to get directly involved for another three years.

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36 minutes ago, Wilbur said:

New prop bet:  Twitter is out of business by 2030 if Musk maintains ownership and continues to get directly involved for another three years.

It's probably wrecked already even if Musk left in a year. Out of business, Idk, but irrelevant, sure. 

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I have been saying for a while now that it is at least possible Twitter either goes down in flames or degenerates to 4Chan / Truth Social status.

Much of that assessment came from reports of Twitter not paying basic bills and an utterly chaotic environment. Used to have a relative who reported similar shenanigans at the tech outfits he worked at before they blew up back in 2000/2001. Each time, despite the chaos and unpaid bills, those at the top loudly insisted everything was just fine. Perhaps a boarder or two here has similar experiences.

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