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‘It’s Japan-centric’: Elon Musk names Japan as Twitter’s ideal market

  • Elon Musk reportedly told employees on Monday that Japan’s strong usage of Twitter is what the company should aim for “ideally in every country without exception.”
  • Despite having a smaller population, Japan has roughly the same number of daily active users as the U.S., Musk said.
  • For this reason, the world’s richest man branded his newly acquired platform as “Japan-centric” instead of “U.S.-centric.”
  • Twitter’s popularity in Japan reportedly rose in 2011 out of a need for updates surrounding the Tohoku earthquake-tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • Musk, who is reportedly hiring again, is also planning to “decentralize” his social media company by installing engineering teams in Japan, India, Indonesia and Brazil.

Owner and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk wants Twitter to view Japan as a model for other markets instead of the U.S.

In an all-hands meeting on Monday, Musk said Japan’s strong usage of Twitter is what the platform should aim for “ideally in every country without exception,” according to The Verge.

Elon Musk welcomes Ye back to Twitter after also unbanning Donald Trump

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  • Former President Donald Trump had his Twitter account restored after Elon Musk, the new owner and CEO of the social media platform, posted a poll on Friday asking users if he should allow Trump to return to Twitter.
  • Following the poll,the ban on Trump’s account was removed on Saturday, making all of his previous tweets visible to his over 87 million followers.
  • When asked if he would return to the social media giant, Trump candidly admitted, “I don’t see any reason for it.”
  • “They have a lot of problems at Twitter, you see what’s going on. It may make it, it may not make it,” he said before the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting over the weekend.
  • Musk also welcomed Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, on Twitter on Sunday. Ye was banned for posting an antisemitic tweet in early October.
  • Other accounts that have been unbanned include the conservative Christian news satire website The Babylon Bee, Canadian media personality Jordan Peterson and American comedian Kathy Griffin.

Twitter has removed bans on several prominent accounts, including former President Donald Trump, as the social media platform’s wild roller coaster ride of events continues to unfold.

Elon Musk, the new CEO and owner of Twitter, posted a poll on Friday asking users if he should reinstate Trump’s account, which was banned following the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol Hill attack. The result showed that 51.8 percent of the 15,085,458 accounts who voted agreed that Trump should return to the platform.

Manga creator demands $1 billion from Elon Musk

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  • “Magical Girl Site” manga creator Kentarō Satō is demanding a billion dollars from Elon Musk for posting his original character on Twitter without permission.
  • “Twitter's new CEO Elon Musk has been posting my drawings without permission, so I'd like a usage fee of one billion. In dollars," Satō tweeted in Japanese.
  • Satō was referring to a post Musk made that included an image of the character Aya Asagiri crying edited into a meme alongside a version of the Yes Chad meme.
  • Satō’s tweet, which appears to be intended as a joke, sparked some debate among commenters on whether Musk’s post constitutes copyright infringement or is covered by fair use.

A manga creator is demanding a billion dollars from Elon Musk for posting his art on Twitter without permission.

“Magical Girl Site” manga creator Kentarō Satō took to Twitter on Nov. 7 to call out the platform’s controversial new owner for an uncredited image he posted back in March.

Elon Musk announces Twitter ban on impersonation accounts

  • Twitter accounts that impersonate others without indicating that they are parody accounts will be permanently suspended from the platform, Elon Musk announced on Sunday.
  • The move comes after the new Twitter owner teased a plan to grant users verified status on the social media platform for $8 a month through Twitter Blue.
  • Accounts that impersonated Musk or used the name “Elon Musk” or its derivatives were the first to be hit with a temporary restriction or a permanent ban, including those of comedian Kathy Griffin, former NFL player Chris Kluwe and Australian satire website The Chaser.
  • Musk said the policy will be clearly identified as a condition when signing up for Twitter Blue, and any further name change will result in a temporary loss of the blue checkmark.

Twitter accounts “engaging in impersonation” without identifying themselves as parody accounts will be permanently banned from the social media platform, Elon Musk announced on Sunday.

The move comes after the new Twitter owner teased a plan to grant users verified status — that highly sought-after blue checkmark — for $8 a month through Twitter Blue, a monthly subscription currently available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Elon Musk’s unsolicited idea to resolve China-Taiwan tensions praised by China, dismissed by Taiwan

  • In a recent Financial Times interview, Elon Musk suggested that the tension between Taiwan and China could be resolved if Taiwan handed Beijing some control.
  • Qin Gang, China's ambassador to the U.S., praised Musk for his comment.
  • Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Washington, dismissed the suggestion and said that Taiwan’s “freedom and democracy are not for sale.”
  • Beijing has proposed a “one country, two systems” model of governance, which has been rejected by the island’s mainstream political parties and received very little public support.

China’s ambassador to the U.S. and Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Washington have spoken out after Elon Musk suggested that Taiwan should give China some control over the self-ruled island. 

In an interview with the Financial Times published on Friday, the Tesla CEO and world’s richest man suggested that the tension between the two governments could be resolved if Taiwan handed Beijing some control. 

Elon Musk teases turning Twitter into ‘everything app’ like China’s WeChat

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  • Elon Musk on Tuesday teased the creation of an “everything app” called “X.”
  • The world’s richest man, 51, made the announcement after offering to buy Twitter for its originally agreed-upon price of $44 billion, or $54.20 per share.
  • Musk said the Twitter buyout will likely accelerate the development of X by three to five years, “but I could be wrong.”
  • Various speculations have been made about the upcoming app, including a larger social platform, an Amazon killer and a “super app” inspired by China’s WeChat.
  • Twitter is reportedly discussing Musk’s offer.

Elon Musk hinted at the creation of an “everything app” shortly after once again offering to buy Twitter for $44 billion.

The world’s richest man, 51, first sought to buy the microblogging platform for said price in April. However, he tried to back out from the deal two months later, triggering a legal battle that experts said would ultimately have resulted in his loss.

Hacker streams old Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency in latest South Korean government YouTube hack

  • Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of the South Korean government, has been restored following a hacking incident over the weekend, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a statement on Sunday.
  • "At 3:20 a.m., the channel name and profile picture were altered and a live video was played on the account," the statement read. “The attack was brought to our attention at 6 a.m. and the channel was restored around 7:20 a.m."
  • The hacker streamed a video of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s interview with Bloomberg at the Qatar Economic Forum in June, where he talked about Twitter acquisition and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Dogecoin.
  • The recent hacking is the latest in a string of incidents involving YouTube channels of South Korean government agencies.
  • A cryptocurrency videos was streamed on the channel of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) on Aug. 29. The channel of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was also targeted last week.

Officials confirmed that they have restored Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of South Korea’s government, after a hacker took control of their account and streamed an Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency over the weekend.

The hacking incident reportedly occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday when the YouTube channel’s name was changed to “SpaceX Invest” by an unidentified hacker. The channel, which has more than 263,000 subscribers, mainly publishes videos about current policies and events.

‘Free speech absolutist’ Elon Musk pursues ‘like-minded Chinese partners’ in column for China’s online censor

  • Elon Musk recently contributed to China Wangxin, a magazine launched by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s government agency that oversees online censorship.
  • The article, titled “Believe in technology, create a better future,” was published in the magazine’s fourth issue in July.
  • Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” became the first foreigner to write for the CAC’s magazine, which typically features pieces written by government officials, professors and state-owned enterprise executives.
  • “I want to do everything we can to maximize the use of technology to help achieve a better future for humanity,” the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO wrote, according to a translated version. “To that end, any area that contributes to a sustainable future is worthy of our investment.”
  • “I also welcome more like-minded Chinese partners to join us in exploring clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration, and space exploration to create a future worth waiting for,” Musk concluded.

Elon Musk has become the first foreigner to write an article for a Chinese magazine launched by China’s official agency that oversees online censorship.

The 51-year-old SpaceX founder claimed he was invited earlier this year by China Wangxin, the magazine of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), to write an article about his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity.”

Elon Musk reacts to report he had secret twins with Neuralink exec weeks before baby with Grimes

  • Newly surfaced paperwork reveals that Elon Musk, 51, had twins nearly a year ago with his Neuralink company executive Shivon Zilis, 36.
  • According to Insider, court documents published on July 6 show that Musk and Zilis became parents of twins in November 2021.
  • The date of the twins’ births marks just a few weeks prior to when Musk had welcomed his second child with musician Grimes via surrogate in December.
  • “Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis,” he wrote in a tweet. “A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.”
  • Zilis is impressive in her own right as a 2008 Yale graduate with a degree in economics and philosophy. She is considered an expert in AI and has been at Neuralink since 2017.

Newly surfaced paperwork reveals that Elon Musk, 51, had twins nearly a year ago with his Neuralink company executive Shivon Zilis, 36. 

According to Insider, court documents published on July 6 show that Musk and Zilis became parents of twins in November 2021.

Elon Musk says recession is ‘a good thing,’ billionaires make people ‘happy’

  • Elon Musk said in a series of tweets last week that it is “morally wrong and dumb” to use the word “billionaire” as a pejorative.
  • The claims came after Musk, 50, opened a poll on Twitter on Friday to ask his 95.7 million followers who they trust less: politicians or billionaires.
  • In addition to his pro-billionaire thread, Musk expressed his thoughts about the country heading for a recession, claiming that “this is actually a good thing.”
  • “It has been raining money on fools for too long. Some bankruptcies need to happen,” Musk wrote. “Also, all the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!”

Elon Musk said in a series of tweets last week that it is “morally wrong and dumb” to use the word “billionaire” as a pejorative and that a possible recession is “a good thing” because it could affect unproductive work-from-home employees.

The comment about billionaires came after Musk, 50, opened a poll on Twitter on Friday and asked his 95.7 million followers who they trust less: politicians or billionaires. The results of the poll, which 3,399,953 people participated in, showed that 75.7% of respondents trust politicians less, while 24.3% of respondents trust billionaires less.

Elon Musk calls recently surfaced sexual misconduct allegations a ‘politically motivated hit piece’

  • According to a recent report, a private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 by SpaceX to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
  • Documents signed by the attendant’s friend revealed that during a flight to London in 2016, founder Elon Musk exposed his erect penis to a female cabin crew member of SpaceX. He allegedly offered to buy her a horse in exchange for a massage and asked her to “do more.”
  • When asked to comment, Musk answered that there was “a lot more to this story.” He added, “If I were inclined to engage in sexual harrassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light.” 
  • Users pointed out that the timing of the sexual misconduct allegations warranted suspicion, considering that Musk had pledged to vote Republican moving forward the day before.

A former SpaceX flight attendant accused billionaire and founder Elon Musk of sexual misconduct in 2018. 

According to reports shared with Business Insider, the private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement.