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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu 2020 View Post
    I love how all of the MAGAts running around with blue check marks are making fun of people who are receiving blue check marks, saying "HAH, you're no longer special, because I have a blue check now too!" They see the blue check denoting someone as "special". Many of them believe they are shadow banned because their now blue check mark boosted tweets are receiving no engagement, when in reality what made someone special on twitter was not the blue check itself, but the fact that that person is famous, or creates content that people want to see. These people are so stupid that they believe the check mark came first, then the following.

    This is why Twitter is going to fail. Because once people realize that the blue check mark doesn't automatically give you an audience, that you actually need to do something entertaining for people to follow you, they'll unsubscribe. All that will be left are the Elom simps. We already know Twitter's revenue is in the shitter, and Elom couldn't possibly have cut costs that much. Twitter is almost certainly hemorrhaging money, and as much as Elom wants to pretend everything is okay, something is going to give out at some point. As he continues to not pay rent, break laws in multiple countries, etc. and ignore those problems, someone is going to get law enforcement involved.
    Don't forget the possibility that it just breaks one of these days, and his remaining ops are unable to recover. (It seems to have already gone down a few times, but they've been able to get it back up, so far.)

    I suspect Musk's real goal at this point is to somehow keep it rolling until some combination of lawsuits regarding the employees he shafted (employees from the C-suite to the janitors didn't get what they were owed by Twitter, under contract and law) and the hundred of millions in fines from multiple governments (Musk has been, Uber-style, ignoring all the rules and regulations that Twitter operated under in both the US and Europe) finally put the stake in Twitter's hollowed-out but still-moving corpse. At that point, he will claim "I was this close to turning it around, but all these vengeful ex-employees/establishment courts/liberal governments unfairly targeted me!"
    "In today’s America, conservatives who actually want to conserve are as rare as liberals who actually want to liberate. The once-significant language of an earlier era has had the meaning sucked right out of it, the better to serve as camouflage for a kleptocratic feeding frenzy in which both establishment parties participate with equal abandon" (Taking a break from the criminal, incompetent liars at the NSA, to bring you the above political observation, from The Archdruid Report.)

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    Asked on the internet if the blue check given to celebs who are openly say they are not paying is a lawsuit about false celebrity endorsements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Fake Disney Junior Twitter Account With Gold Tick Suspended — But Not Before Using Profanities And Racial Slur

    More Twitter Confusion As Fake MTV ‘Challenge’ Account Gets Gold Tick After Posting Videos Of Violence & Profanities

    Things are going well. I'm convinced far less people are actually paying for these various checkmarks than will ever be advertised by Twitter. We already know Elon is paying for a bunch of them. It'd be an easy marketing thing to just hand them out to draw others into thinking their money is worth handing over.
    rofl, finding out that losing verified status and that most of the people you'd actually want verified don't want to pay the $8/$1,000 per month for literally zero value anymore

    This is going better than expected, I'd have never thought they'd be comping $1,000/month badges to racist as fuck accounts because they're just reading the account name and doing no further investigation, I guess. Which is hilariously ironic given that checkmarks were originally designed to solve this very problem.

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    I wonder how many lawsuits might be brought up regarding fake celebrities posting crap in their name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    I wonder how many lawsuits might be brought up regarding fake celebrities posting crap in their name.
    I do wonder if Twitter proactively badging fake accounts like this does open them to any liability, actually. Especially with the brand badges.

    I kinda really hope it does, but I'm doubtful any company wants to go to court over this nonsense. It's simply not worth their time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    most of the people you'd actually want verified don't want to pay the $8/$1,000 per month for literally zero value anymore
    It's worse. People you'd want verified, got verified behind their backs, are complaining about it, and/or are scraping the check mark off their own Twitter account.

    It's not zero value. People getting it for free don't want it. It has literally negative value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    What were his goals, again?
    Destroying Twitter, by putting it in a bonfire with $44 billion and lighting a match.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I do wonder if Twitter proactively badging fake accounts like this does open them to any liability, actually. Especially with the brand badges.
    The fact that it hasn't happened yet suggests the answer is no. Or maybe people just don't feel like a lawsuit is worth their time when all Musk wants is attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    It's worse. People you'd want verified, got verified behind their backs, are complaining about it, and/or are scraping the check mark off their own Twitter account.

    It's not zero value. People getting it for free don't want it. It has literally negative value.
    That's the funniest part. The badge is like a NFT and Elom and all his cultists are out here arguing it's actually super valuable and these people should be honored to receive one for free and like seriously holy shit nobody wants your stupid magic beans.

    But hey, thousands of people out there paying $8/month for FREEZE PEACH, BABY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Oh, things really are going well then.
    I'm surely enjoying it. It's worth the $0 I pay. The bonfire is also good at supplying me with popcorn while I watch.

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    So, desperate to have something on their front page that isn't themselves, FOX News ran this story:

    Matt Taibbi rips media silence after Dem threat

    Yay! The Twitter Files guy is back!

    Independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who was threatened with jail time by a top Democrat on Capitol Hill over testimony he gave about his reporting on the Twitter Files, feels the media would have lost its minds if Republicans did the same to CNN's Jim Acosta.

    "Can you imagine if something like this had happened in the Trump years? If Republicans had threatened someone like Jim Acosta with five years in prison over a minor error? That he didn’t even make in testimony before Congress? You would have had every human rights organization on earth complaining about it but not a peep from my so-called colleagues in mainstream media," Taibbi said Monday on "FOX & Friends."

    "It doesn’t matter what journalist it is, they should be upset about it because it could be them next," Taibbi added.
    "What is he talking about?"

    Oh, he's making shit up, of course. Taibbi said under oath that Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, that is a government agency, conspired with Election Integrity Partnership to remove posts that were Trump's fictional bullshit. Taibbi had said that this was all kinds of illegal and stuff, as the Twitter files defenders have said here.

    Problem is, the Center for Internet Security is what Taibbi probably meant to say. What Taibbi calls "It was a very minor mistake" on, yes, FOX News, is like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal.

    "You stole that shit!"

    It was a great line in a great movie. Fine, it's like me blaming Thrall in Warcraft lore for actions taken by poster Green Jesus (because of the sarcastic name and avatar.)

    Anyhow, it's kind of difficult to prove the government was involved in the "conspiracy" of two private entities which are not the government. Oh, and of course, both are just hitting the Report Post button, which anyone is allowed to do, but we've already covered that.

    Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, sent a letter to Taibbi earlier this month regarding his testimony during a March 9 hearing, which she alleged included an error regarding the name of one of the federal agencies swept up in the Twitter Files. She cited MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan's contentious interview with Taibbi on the matter.

    Plaskett continued, "Prior to your appearance before the subcommittee on March 9, you signed the Judiciary Committee's Truth in Testimony form, certifying that you understand that ‘knowingly providing material false information to this committee/subcommittee or knowingly concealing material information from this committee/subcommittee, is a crime (18 U.S.C. 1001). In addition, at the beginning of the March 9 hearing, you swore ‘under penalty of perjury that the testimony you [were] about to give [was] true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information, and belief.' Under the federal perjury statue, 18 U.S.C. 1621, proving false information is punishable by up to five years imprisonment."

    Taibbi called his error a "brain cramp" and noted both that both groups actually partnered with state entities.
    Oh no! Brain cramp! Kids, don't eat ice cream too fast, you'll end up perjuring yourself in front of Congress! (rolls eyes)

    Taibbi is between a rock and a hard place, of his own free will. He could take the stand again and correct the, ugh, "brain cramp" by going under oath and admitting he got the organization wrong...and therefore he has no argument at all, because private entities are not government agents. Or, he could stick by his conspiracies, and get more likes and follows just before he's dragged to prison.

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    Wait, didn't 70% Southern Chicken lawyer guy spend the whole Twitter hearing threatening Yoel Roth and the others with arrest? And then go onto Ingraham's show and repeat the same threats while repeatedly refusing to say on what charges they'd be arrested?

    Also, can we go back to ignoring Taibbi exists now that he's on a "Literally who?" platform?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    can we go back to ignoring Taibbi exists now
    No.

    There are posters here who have proven they believe what Taibbi said is true and important. There will be no sweeping this under the rug. The fact that he lied so hard he could go to jail needs to be promoted. People who believed the Twitter Files were bigly yuge important need to apologize for being wrong, or have this shoved in their face until their admission is no longer required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    What were his goals, again?
    Are you familiar with the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? His goal is pretty much exactly the same as Judge Doom's.

    "You see, I bought the Red Car Twitter so I could dismantle it..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Fake Disney Junior Twitter Account With Gold Tick Suspended — But Not Before Using Profanities And Racial Slur

    More Twitter Confusion As Fake MTV ‘Challenge’ Account Gets Gold Tick After Posting Videos Of Violence & Profanities

    Things are going well. I'm convinced far less people are actually paying for these various checkmarks than will ever be advertised by Twitter. We already know Elon is paying for a bunch of them. It'd be an easy marketing thing to just hand them out to draw others into thinking their money is worth handing over.
    I'm willing to bet that some of these are using stolen account information / money in order to obtain the gold checkmark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fwc577 View Post
    I'm willing to bet that some of these are using stolen account information / money in order to obtain the gold checkmark.
    It mostly seems like Twitter is just handing them out in a desperate attempt to create the illusion that more people/brands are paying $8/1,000 a month for that worthless shit.

    This has huge, "fake it 'til you make it" energy to it.

    Another consequence of Elom throwing a temper tantrum over the "state-funded/affiliated media" nonsense he got super triggered by - https://apnews.com/article/twitter-r...a68b3724cfdd55

    Twitter accounts operated by authoritarian governments in Russia, China and Iran are benefiting from recent changes at the social media company, making it easier for them to attract new followers and broadcast propaganda and disinformation to a larger audience.

    The platform is no longer labeling state-controlled media and propaganda agencies, and will no longer prohibit their content from being automatically promoted or recommended to users. Together, the two changes, both made in recent weeks, have supercharged the Kremlin’s ability to use the U.S.-based platform to spread lies and misleading claims about its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. politics and other topics.

    Russian state media accounts are now earning 33% more views than they were just weeks ago, before the change was made, according to a report by Reset, a London-based non-profit that tracks authoritarian governments’ use of social media to spread propaganda. Reset’s findings were first reported by The Associated Press.

    The increase works out to more than 125,000 additional views per post. Those posts included ones suggesting the CIA had something to do with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., that Ukraine’s leaders are embezzling foreign aid to the their country, and that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was justified because the U.S. was running clandestine biowarfare labs in the country.
    Making Chinese/Russian/Iranian propaganda great again!

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    https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/s...79930996129792

    Well, Elom can count on his good buddy Tim Sweeney of Epic Games to just have the absolute worst takes on this, rofl.

    Weird little loser has always sucked since that time he was on an episode of MTV Cribs. But I'll take all the free games on his shitty digital distribution platform.

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    Just in case you thought this whole thing couldn't get any weirder/worse, it has been revealed that Elom has an alt account where he LARPs as an underage kid. The account often engages with sexual content.

    One of the threads on it here: https://twitter.com/theserfstv/statu...86921738444800
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    2023: "What's with all these massively successful games with ugly (realistic) women? How could this have happened?!"

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    New: Twitter used to offer employees 20 weeks of paid parental leave. That’s being changed to whatever is required by law in the region where the employees work, along with a “top up” of two weeks of leave, per internal docs.
    https://twitter.com/kateconger/statu...BgqeHUDJg&s=19

    Hey remember that Tucker Carlson when Elmo just says we should breed more. Well I have multiple problems with his idea.

    The big one is people having less or no kids cause they can't afford them. Of course here having paid parental leave is a great one. Elmo decided that cutting cost is greater than his delusional population collapse I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    https://twitter.com/kateconger/statu...BgqeHUDJg&s=19

    Hey remember that Tucker Carlson when Elmo just says we should breed more. Well I have multiple problems with his idea.

    The big one is people having less or no kids cause they can't afford them. Of course here having paid parental leave is a great one. Elmo decided that cutting cost is greater than his delusional population collapse I guess.
    That's because he thinks only the right sort of people (AKA the rich and powerful) should be having lots of kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Elon Musk Talks Twitter, Censorship and the ‘Woke Mind Virus’ on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

    Even just what is in this article is amazingly pathetic from two grown ass men.

    The "mob of mean girls" are scaring poor widdle Bill Maher off from tweeting so much!
    I love how he mentiones he's an environmentalist because of EVs and batteries. Yes has fought against pretty much ever HSR measure in California for decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Musk said he “at least” thinks of himself “as a moderate.”
    There is a term used to describe people who insist that Nazis get a public platform.

    The term is "Nazi". It is not "moderate".

    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    “I think things are reasonably stabilized right now. It was on the fast-track to bankruptcy after acquisition so I had to take drastic action, there was no choice,” Musk said.
    No matter how many times Musk tries to convince others, and maybe himself, that he's rescuing poor sick dying Twitter, every objective piece of public information says otherwise. Twitter started losing advertisers and customers when Musk took over, and has continued to do so. If Twitter was dying before he bought it, for which we have basically nothing but Musk's guesswork, then Musk is admitting he threw $44 billion into a fire on purpose.

    Musk is lying. I don't know why Maher let him say this without challenging him on it. I didn't take him for a Musk simp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Musk is lying. I don't know why Maher let him say this without challenging him on it. I didn't take him for a Musk simp.
    He was simping for Musk for a long while. I've watched his show for a long time, he always took a 'don't be mean to Musk!' approach when handling him. He really thinks Musk is the genius he says it is, and that interview was pornography for people with an interview fetish. Asskissing on both sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoiseTank13 View Post
    He was simping for Musk for a long while. I've watched his show for a long time, he always took a 'don't be mean to Musk!' approach when handling him. He really thinks Musk is the genius he says it is, and that interview was pornography for people with an interview fetish. Asskissing on both sides.
    Wow. I had no idea.

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