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Elon Musk is finally resigned to making X more like old-school Twitter

When Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in October 2022, he promised to stick up a middle finger to propriety. He ran roughshod over the platform, pulling hosting servers while they were still operational and ultimately firing about 80% of the company’s staff. Twitter’s eventual rebrand as X was then positioned by both Musk and his CEO, Linda Yaccarino, as a move toward a radically different app—one that goes beyond social media to also offer messaging, banking, shopping, and much more.But 16 months later, a number…

Taylor Swift AI Porn Forces X to Finally Moderate Its Content

Elon Musk’s X halted searches for Taylor Swift this weekend after AI-generated, sexually explicit photos of the international pop superstar went viral on the platform. This is one of the few times X has meaningfully blocked controversial content on the platform, which has largely hidden behind claims of being a “free speech” platform to let its content run wild since Musk’s takeover.Did Elon Musk Regret Buying Twitter? | Walter Isaacson Interview“Something went wrong,” says X when you search for “Taylor Swift” on Monday…

Instagram, Facebook Overhaul Feeds to Hide Disturbing Content From Young Users

Critics say that Meta has often caused serious psychological harm to younger users by exposing them to a variety of toxic and inappropriate content. Eating disorders, depression and even suicide have all been blamed on the company’s algorithms, and the calls to reform those algorithms have grown so loud lately that it’s apparently become impossible to ignore. Nobody’s Really Watching ReelsThe social media giant announced Tuesday new changes to its content filtering system, the likes of which are designed to steer younger…

Generative AI is repeating all of Web 2.0’s mistakes

If 2022 was the year the generative AI boom started, 2023 was the year of the generative AI panic. Just over 12 months since OpenAI released ChatGPT and set a record for the fastest-growing consumer product, it appears to have also helped set a record for fastest government intervention in a new technology. The US Federal Elections Commission is looking into deceptive campaign ads, Congress is calling for oversight into how AI companies develop and label training data for their algorithms, and the European Union passed…

Y Combinator-backed Intrinsic is building infrastructure for trust and safety teams

A few years ago, Karine Mellata and Michael Lin met while working at Apple’s fraud engineering and algorithmic risk team. Both engineers, Mellata and Lin were involved with helping to address online abuse problems including spam, botting, account security and developer fraud for Apple’s growing customer base. Despite their efforts to develop new models to keep up with the evolving patterns of abuse, Mellata and Lin felt that they were falling behind — and stuck rebuilding core elements of their…

European Union launches probe into Elon Musk’s X over illegal content, disinformation – The Economic Times Video

The EU announced "formal infringement proceedings" against Elon Musk's platform X on Monday, under a law designed to combat disinformation and hate after identifying suspect posts related to Hamas's October 7 attack in Israel. The action against the company formerly known as Twitter is the first against a major online platform since Brussels implemented the Digital Services Act (DSA), a sweeping piece of European Union legislation that strengthens online companies' responsibility for content moderation. The EU…

Elon Musk’s X Under Investigation for Spreading ‘Illegal Content’ on Israel and Hamas in EU

The European Union opened a formal investigation into Elon Musk’s X on Monday examining the platform’s role in spreading ‘illegal content’ around the Israel and Hamas war. X has come under fire recently for antisemitic content on the platform, losing a slew of advertisers in the process.Mr. Tweet Fumbles Super Bowl Tweet“The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to assess whether X may have breached the Digital Services Act (DSA) in areas linked to risk management, content moderation, dark patterns,…

Warren presses Meta on content moderation policies amid Israel-Hamas war

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pressed Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, on Thursday for information about its moderation of Palestinian content amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.  Dozens of human rights and civil society organizations have raised concerns about Meta’s “reported suppression, filtering, and mistranslation of Palestine-related content over the past two months,” Warren noted in a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Amidst the horrific Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, a…

Twitch cracks down on boobs again by rolling back its ‘artistic nudity’ policy

Days after freeing the (fictionalized) nipple, Twitch is backtracking on its “artistic nudity” policy that allowed streamers to show illustrated, animated or sculpted renderings of breasts, butts and genitals. The announcement comes days after Twitch announced sweeping updates to its sexual content policy, which streamlined the platform’s community guidelines and allowed nudity in certain contexts, such as art streams. The reversal comes after many in Twitch’s art community, who have long rallied for the platform to…

100+ Substack writers, creators threaten boycott over Nazi newsletters

Substack is back in the news lately, though this time it’s not for looming money problems. It’s for worse problems—Nazi problems. At the end of November, The Atlantic published a piece by writer Jonathan Katz titled simply, “Substack has a Nazi problem.” His argument was essentially that the newsletter-publishing platform hosts, so therefore profits from, a larger number of white-supremacy newsletters than he—and for that matter, most regular readers—probably ever expected.At least 16 of the newsletters that I reviewed…