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He wants ID verification (to make it more valuable to advertisers) and paid subscriptions. There would probably be more functionality for videos, sound etc, but if his idea of free speech is zero moderation he'll be losing users and advertisers at scale.

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Maybe he won’t give much of a f**k. He spent the last three months trying to weasel out of the deal and has paid about 3 times what it’s worth. Like waking up in the morning after being drunk and seeing all the Amazon purchase confirmation emails in your inbox. 

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6 hours ago, dorlomin said:

Modern big tech (and small tech) create echo chambers and controversy by the nature of the algorithms that they use. To use one of the oldest of these as an example: Amazon use a sort of pattern matching algorithm to recommend books to you. Say you choose to buy Lord of the Rings the book, it will then recommend books others who bought that also bought so perhaps Game of Thrones. This is all very 2001. But the algorithms became more and more elaborate so they would take into account your age, race, sex etc. So it may start recommending Margaret Atwood to an older women and perhaps Star Wars to a younger man. 

All very wholesome and obvious. 

But the same farming of data and presenting of choices happens on things like youtube, facebook, twitter etc. But these are now presenting you news stories. So if you generally follow some pro Indyref channels and upvote SNP content you are going to see the same world view as others from that milieu. Most are vaguely aware of this but then that is not that much more than simply always buying newspapers that give one side of the news. 

In and off itself though that level of bias will have an impact on how people see the world if they only ever hear that Biden is awful or that the country is being over run with immigrants. 

For some the real problem is dopamine and how it forms memories and behaviours. You pull the arm of a slot machine and you feel a rush of excitement. That rush includes dopamine that is in part making you feel good but also in part making memories and habits. Dopamine has a powerful role in signalling where to to lay down neural connections. So your pulling of the arm becomes something your body craves for you to repeat. Or drinking alcohol, smoking and now tweeting about politics. 

The companies do not give a f**k what your politics is, its about "dwell time". Encouraging you to stay on app longer and longer. More and more dopamine. What gets people to dwell on facebook, youtube or twitter longer? Being angry and sharing the validation of being angry with other people who agree with you. Some of the strongest emotions that drive people habitually to watch videos and interact with web pages for longer and longer. 

Musk is not going to fix this, god alone knows what he thinks he is going to fix because the entire online ecology is built around feeding people to be emotional not rational, to be angry not thoughtful and to be dutiful consumers. 

And it will not take more than a couple of seconds to realise how many come onto Pie and Bovril to indulge in self congratulatory, angry politics. This does not even have an algorithm and people get addicted. 

Still people gleefully outsourced censorship to tech companies with smug "no one has the right to a platform" etc etc. Now you might find out what happens when those tech companies values no longer align with your own. (We shall see what Musk actually does, I suspect its more of a case of a dog finally catching the car and not really knowing what comes next). 

Put that in 280 characters m8 and come back.

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In the US, Stop the Deal, a coalition of left-wing activist groups including Fair Vote UK and Media Matters for America, said Mr Musk had a "thirst for chaos" and his potential plans would make Twitter "an even more hate-filled cesspool, leading to irreparable real-world harm".

Hey, here’s an idea, don’t use it.

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Excellent to see the completely out of proportion, tear-dreched meltdowns of the journalist class and their hangers-on about Musk's takeover.

Hopefully they'll try (and fail) to set up a splitter site like Trump did and then we can be done with that psychotic, liberal pile-on mechanism for good. 

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On 26/10/2022 at 14:07, Busta Nut said:

On the Chinese lads in the casino.

I was in once playing a fiver a hand at black jack. So was the rest of the table. lazy chilled out. The guy a couple away from me was doing well, winning often.

A Chinese man then walked up behind him and started betting on his hand behind him. Stacks of chips. The boy seemed unfazed but the Chinese lad was betting hundreds on this guy. I'd have shit my pants.

I’ve seen guys do exactly that before, literally betting on someone else’s hand. They usually do this if they can’t get a seat at the table, and bet behind other players until one becomes available. 

The Alea in Glasgow only open up the high stakes blackjack table on request, which is £100 minimum bet if I recall correctly, and it’s almost always a couple of Chinese guys sitting plugging away at it. Blackjack is actually the game where the casino has the least edge over the player. If they play ‘basic strategy’ over an extended period of time then the house only has a 1.5% edge, compared to about 3% for a roulette table with a single 0. To be fair I don’t think the Chinese are giving too much attention to stuff like that, if there was two ants crawling up the bathroom wall they would want to bet on what one reached the top first. 

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7 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

This is a man releasing a single for men's mental health absolutely losing the plot because he's asked questions he doesn't like.

Going some to be on that podcast and come across as an even bigger walloper than the host.

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