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4 hours ago, DanteGabriel said:

That's a take I hadn't thought of: Zuckerberg becoming less of a pariah just because he is not actively malicious. In some ways it reminds me of our current grotesque phenomenon where corporations like Budweiser are... sympathetic because they currently find it profitable to support some tolerant/non-regressive policies.

I don't think I'd go so far as to say he's not actively malicious, but he's not gratuitously malicious - he'll do it for the sake of gaining money or power, not simply for the sake of doing it.

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Zuckerberg’s Twitter clone Threads is live. Here’s what you need to know.
Threads may be the first Twitter alternative that really matters because it’s built on top of Instagram’s existing base of billions of users "
You’ll need to have an Instagram account to sign up for Threads."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/07/05/threads-meta-instagram-twitter-alternative/

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.... But Threads also comes with Meta baggage, including privacy, moderation and algorithmic feed practices that have turned many people off Zuckerberg’s other social networks such as Facebook. For example: From the moment you first log in to Threads, it starts showing you recommended posts from accounts and brands you don’t necessarily follow — or necessarily even care to see. ....

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How do I get on Threads?

You’ll need to have an Instagram account to sign up for Threads. Then you can download the Threads app for iOS or Android to set up your account. (Meta said you’d also be able to join Threads directly on the web but that doesn’t appear to be working yet.) You’ll use the same name for your Threads account as you do on Instagram.

When you first use the app, you’ll be given the option to automatically follow all of the same accounts you follow on Instagram — or just select some of them. We’re curious to see how this plays out: How much overlap is there between accounts you follow on Instagram for their epic photographs with accounts you want to read for their text or hot takes on politics and TV?

That system also means your existing Instagram friends and followers don’t automatically follow you on Threads. You’ll have to build up that audience all over again.

And one other thing to note: At launch, Threads isn’t available in Europe, where the Irish Data Protection Commission recently hit Meta with a record $1.3 billion fine for breaking its privacy rules. The region’s new Digital Markets Act also puts some of the Meta’s data-sharing and privacy practices into question. ....

Article's author's experience in the usage follows.

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A Drive-By Review of Threads

https://nucleardiner.wordpress.com/2023/07/06/a-drive-by-review-of-threads/

"If you signed in through Instagram, you can remove Threads only by removing your Instagram account too, sucka."

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Drive-by because I can’t join Threads. Why, you may ask. The only way to join Threads is through Instagram, and I’ve never had an account and don’t see why I should start now.

Additionally, I do most of my computer interactions on my desktop. The desktop version of Threads is simply what you see above, a slowly rotating galaxy of spots across the spectrum of red, with a QR code at bottom right. Presumably the QR code takes you, via your mobile, to where you can sign in ONLY with your Instagram account.

I loaded the mobile version long enough to see that I couldn’t sign in, and then removed it. If you signed in through Instagram, you can remove Threads only by removing your Instagram account too, sucka.

Threads is, of course, a creation of Meta, the folks who thought we all wanted to interact via cartoon characters with no legs. More sinisterly, they intend to scoop up all your data and sell it. They are quite explicit about this, which is why Threads will not be available in the European Union. Another reason it is useless to me.

Reportedly, there is only one feed, which may or may not contain your follows and other accounts that the algorithm thinks you should see. In non-chronological order. A feature from Facebook that we know, made even better by insertion of random strangers.

The screenshots I have seen of the feed range from a hot mess to more bigoted than I ever imagined. Libs of TikTok are there to spread their anti-trans venom. The moderation, however, will not allow you to post videos of the Ukraine war. ....

 

 

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Twitter is threatening to sue Meta over Threads

https://www.semafor.com/article/07/06/2023/twitter-is-threatening-to-sue-meta-over-threads

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Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform, accusing the social media giant of poaching former employees to create a “copycat” application.
On Wednesday, Instagram parent company Meta introduced Threads, a text-based companion to Instagram that resembles Twitter and other text-based social platforms. Just hours later, a lawyer for Twitter, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the company of engaging in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”

“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights, and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” Spiro wrote in a letter obtained exclusively by Semafor. “Twitter reserves all rights, including, but not limited to, the right to seek both civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice to prevent any further retention, disclosure, or use of its intellectual property by Meta.”

Spiro accused Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”


He also alleged that Meta assigned those employees to develop “Meta’s copycat ‘Threads’ app with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property in order to accelerate the development of Meta’s competing app, in violation of both state and federal law as well as those employees’ ongoing obligations to Twitter.”

A Meta source told Semafor that Twitter’s accusations are baseless.

“No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing,” the source said. ....

 

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13 minutes ago, Deadlines? What Deadlines? said:

Let them fight.

Cage match with tables, ladders and chairs. To the death! 

And by Cage match I mean they all have to fight Nic Cage in a fucking cage. 

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May I suggest it to be one of those cages tourists use for shark diving. 

Would I replace the oxygen in the tanks with helium? Who knows. But sharks just too unreliable to simply unlock the cage to let them deal with those clowns from hell.

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3 hours ago, Zorral said:

Twitter is threatening to sue Meta over Threads

https://www.semafor.com/article/07/06/2023/twitter-is-threatening-to-sue-meta-over-threads

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Can you imagine if Twitter pre musk sued truthsocial, it’d be called 1984 but more evil. Like 1985!

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2 hours ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

May I suggest it to be one of those cages tourists use for shark diving. 

Would I replace the oxygen in the tanks with helium? Who knows. But sharks just too unreliable to simply unlock the cage to let them deal with those clowns from hell.

There's no chance for Richard Dreyfuss in a cage vs. shark Nic Cage. None!!! 

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Dueling has returned. But, O dear this leaves ole dumpf on the outside.  Golfcarting doesn't cut it when it's martial arts bouts to the death!

Welcome to the Age of the Cage Match
These days, powerful men want to beat one another. Literally.

"Another common thread may be a measure of overcompensation. After being photographed shirtless last summer aboard a yacht (and subsequently ridiculed for his physique), Mr. Musk tweeted in October that he had been fasting and taking Wegovy, a prescription drug used to treat obesity. And although Mr. Zuckerberg, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, is in fact a committed athlete, he has for years worn the title of nerd king, which he inherited from Bill Gates. (Recently, Mr. Zuckerberg has turned to training and competing in martial arts, and posting mirror selfies of his progress on Instagram.)"

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/06/style/cage-match-fight.html

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Call it the melee of the middle-aged men.

We already know the main event. That would be Elon Musk versus Mark Zuckerberg in Las Vegas, or maybe the Colosseum in Rome. The rival tech billionaires are inching toward a cage match, brokered by Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

And for an undercard, how about a sitting U.S. senator versus a union boss? Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma Republican, last week challenged Sean O’Brien, the general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, to a mixed martial arts fight after Mr. O’Brien called him a “clown” and a “fraud” on Twitter.

In case that’s not enough testosterone, perhaps some feats of strength are in order. Robert Kennedy Jr. might be interested. The Democratic presidential candidate recently took his shirt off in Venice Beach to perform push-ups and incline bench presses — revealing an uncommonly defined upper body for anyone, let alone a 69-year-old. (He has a full decade on Jeff Bezos, who is also musclebound.) So too might Jamaal Bowman. On Thursday, the Democratic representative of New York posted to Twitter a video of himself bench-pressing 405 pounds.

For some powerful men, this is a season for peacocking. No longer content to embody the masculine ideals of financial, professional and political achievement — or simply to optimize their fitness, as tech chief executives have long done — suddenly these honchos want us to see the achievements of their bodies. Grappling, squeezing, flexing, dominating (or being dominated): These are no longer tired metaphors for corporate or intellectual conquest. They are literal descriptions of America’s big shots showing off as buff boys.

So, what’s with all these conspicuous displays of machismo? To start, they’re mostly just that — displays.

“A lot of it is spectacle,” said Andrew Reiner, a lecturer in men’s studies at Towson University and the author of the book “Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resiliency.” As Mr. Kennedy’s viral lifting session proved, a bit of well-timed machismo is prime fodder for the social media machine.

But, according to Mr. Reiner, these look-at-me behaviors also draw on something deeper: tropes of masculine honor and personal strength that American pop culture has been broadly moving away from, but may be rediscovering.

“It’s textbook, old-school, throwback masculinity,” Mr. Reiner said, pointing to Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars — after Mr. Rock made a joke about Mr. Smith’s wife, the actress Jada Pinkett Smith — as a watershed moment.

One factor in the cage match moment is the increasing influence of mixed martial arts culture. Joe Rogan, a prominent fan of fights who holds a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu, reaches millions of people with his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” on which Mr. Musk, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Zuckerberg have all appeared as guests. Mr. Mullin, the senator, had a short career as an M.M.A. fighter.

The Musk-Zuckerberg and Mullin-O’Brien back-and-forths recall the performative jawing of a boxing match weigh-in, and the athletic theater, or “kayfabe,” of professional wrestling, where wrestlers play characters who never acknowledge there is a script.

This blend of reality and fantasy became a key feature of American public life during the Trump years, according to Abraham Josephine Riesman, the author of “Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America.” The blurring of reality is key to understanding a world in which campy performances of heterosexual masculinity can seize our collective attention, Mx. Riesman said.

“There’s something about committing to a totally outsized parody that just works for the human brain,” she said.

Another common thread may be a measure of overcompensation. After being photographed shirtless last summer aboard a yacht (and subsequently ridiculed for his physique), Mr. Musk tweeted in October that he had been fasting and taking Wegovy, a prescription drug used to treat obesity. And although Mr. Zuckerberg, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, is in fact a committed athlete, he has for years worn the title of nerd king, which he inherited from Bill Gates. (Recently, Mr. Zuckerberg has turned to training and competing in martial arts, and posting mirror selfies of his progress on Instagram.)

Meanwhile, for Mr. Kennedy, the shirtless romp draws a contrast with the Democratic front-runner, President Biden, who is 80 years old. “Getting in shape for my debates with President Biden!” Mr. Kennedy tweeted, alongside a video of himself doing push-ups.

The modern history of male politicians strutting and brawling dates back at least to Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s. Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president and himself a judo black belt, was photographed shirtless on horseback in 2009. And Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the House and onetime vice-presidential candidate, posed with 40-pound dumbbells for Time magazine ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

More recently, the muscular former Democratic congressman John Delaney spoke to the news media in 2019 about his fitness routine while running for president. (Mr. Mullin’s bipartisan, CrossFit-inspired fitness routine was covered in The Times nearly a decade ago.)

Gary Meltz, a consultant who advises politicians and corporations on their image, said he thought Mr. Kennedy’s attempt to seem younger and stronger than Mr. Biden misread the electorate.

“It’s more akin to Putin sitting on top of a horse than something that will appeal to Democratic voters,” Mr. Meltz said.

Of course, women in leadership positions face scrutiny over their appearance and affect in ways Mr. Musk and Mr. Kennedy never would. Imagine, for example, how a female C.E.O. who displayed Mr. Musk’s apparent impulsiveness, aggression and vanity would be talked about.

“The margin with which women can display any kind of jealousy, resentment, ego, or desire to get ahead in any unfettered way is very narrow,” said Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the co-editor of the anthology “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America” and the author of the forthcoming book “The Myth of Making It.”

Then again, the times may be changing. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia congresswoman and CrossFit aficionado who once shared a video of herself performing pull-ups and overhead presses, called her Republican colleague Lauren Boebert of Colorado a “little bitch” on the House floor last month. It was just the kind of barb one might expect before a cage match.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Jaxom 1974 said:

I'm convinces Zuck saw the "You Only Move Twice" episode of The Simpsons, saw Hank Scorpio, and said, "That. That is what I need to be..."

Hank Scorpio is way more likeable than Mark Zuckerberg.  Not even close. 

One of my favorite jokes in that episode is that he is unfailingly nice to Homer.  Even when the marines are storming his lair and grenades are flying, he still takes the time to talk about Homer's family issues. 

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11 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

Hank Scorpio is way more likeable than Mark Zuckerberg.  Not even close. 

One of my favorite jokes in that episode is that he is unfailingly nice to Homer.  Even when the marines are storming his lair and grenades are flying, he still takes the time to talk about Homer's family issues. 

When you think about it, is he not the most likable villain ever? 

And it's hilarious how Homer takes out the James Bond stand in and they just murder him.

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