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No one can pay $8 to pretend they’re someone else. That’s not how it works. In the olden days, the long-long-ago, blue check marks were given to signify that someone’s account had been vetted as legitimate, and the identity proven by Twitter’s researchers. The verification was free, and all you had to do was apply for it… and be selected by Twitter’s researchers for validation.

Many, many people applied for a blue check mark but were never selected for validation because they didn’t toe the CNN-party line or were otherwise deemed deplorable. This is what Elon’s $8 fee addresses. Anyone, of any political persuasion can now request validation and, after having their identity confirmed (and paying their $8 fee to cover the research) get their blue check mark.
Fake accounts including ones for Biden, Musk and Eli Lilly caused the feature to be shut down. It's been all over the news.

 

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I heard a lot of questions... a lot of speculation... not much substance. Guess your MSM is pretty much the same as ours.
I don't think so.

That link was CBS which is one of the American contributors to your own American mainstream media, it isn't Canadian media. If there are questions, speculation, lack of substance you can attribute that to your own MSM.

I've found our Canadian mainstream media broadcasting corporations are quite a bit different from the American versions because information is generally coming in from boots-on-the-ground Canadian reporters/journalists reporting news from a Canadian perspective. We have our own Canadian reporters stationed at key locations around the world, just as the UK does, and America too. Canadian media perspectives are often very different from American and other global perspectives.

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Fake accounts including ones for Biden, Musk and Eli Lilly caused the feature to be shut down. It's been all over the news.
Yep, all over the news all over the world. Musk had to scrap that feature PDQ when the SHTF. This one was a dumpster fire disaster waiting to happen and it happened at the first opportunity. I think he still has a lot of quick thinking to do and a lot of kinks to work out if he doesn't want to be forced to declare Twitter bankruptcy. On the bright side for him at least, he doesn't care. LOL.

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By one estimate, Elon Musk owns more than a quarter of all active satellites orbiting Earth. Though his fantasy of becoming emperor of Mars probably won't materialize, we have to scale back the unchecked power of deranged Bond villain types like Musk before it extends from Earth to the skies.
 
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Insider highjacked his name to construct this article

Billionaires like Elon Musk want to save civilization by having tons of genetically superior kids. Inside the movement to take 'control of human evolution.'
 

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Accountable Tech spearheaded a letter to top Twitter advertisers as part of a larger pressure campaign demanding "non-negotiable" requirements for their business, saying that Musk's takeover will further "toxify" the social media giant and directly threaten public safety.

"Twitter has outsized influence in shaping both public discourse and industry-wide platform governance standards," the letter states. "While the company is hardly a poster-child for healthy social media, it has taken welcome steps in recent years to mitigate systemic risks, ratcheting up pressure on the likes of Facebook and YouTube to follow suit."

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The employees are doing their best to starve the bird. I was just reading about the mass resignation of employees after being given an ultimatum.

"On Wednesday, in an email to staff entitled "A Fork in the Road," Musk said Twitter would "need to be extremely hardcore" to succeed. Those who chose to stay should expect long, intense hours of work. Those who left would receive three months' severance pay, he wrote. Employees were required to choose by Thursday afternoon."


It's never a good business move to fire half your staff then demand that the rest work overtime because you are short staffed.
 

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I love to see people question the business savvy of the richest guy in the world.
We'll see how it plays out. Remember that he tried to back out of buying Twitter and had to be sued into fulfilling his purchase agreement. But maybe he can afford to lose money on it and he bought Twitter with the intent to destroy it. Or he could be trying to pull a Trump and take advantage of the bankruptcy laws in the US.

Sometimes successful business people make bad decisions. The board of directors of Sears comes to mind.
 

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We'll see how it plays out. Remember that he tried to back out of buying Twitter and had to be sued into fulfilling his purchase agreement. But maybe he can afford to lose money on it and he bought Twitter with the intent to destroy it. Or he could be trying to pull a Trump and take advantage of the bankruptcy laws in the US.

Sometimes successful business people make bad decisions. The board of directors of Sears comes to mind.
A board of directors is not one man. It is a committee.

He does not have to pay severance pay when they quit.

You have to break a few eggs...
 
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Most businesses are having touble hiring staff now. Even places that pay well are short staffed. If he doesn't have enough people to run the service it will shut down. He has already backpedaled on some of his ideas regarding the service and found out how quickly his subscription plan could be corrupted.

The quitters will get unemployment payments. He changed the terms of their employment.
Potential new employees most likely have seen his demands for "long, intense hours of work". Some people will thrive under those conditions, most will not. I predict hard times coming for Musk and Twitter.
 

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I'm sure there are plenty of conservative minded, free speech loving folks put out on the street via the pandemic that would do a wonderful job for Mr. Musk.
Yep.

His goal was to kill the existing ideology at Twitter. The entitled and woke will leave, and workers will fill the gaps.

So what if he has to back fill with contractors for a period of time. He might buy Tata
 

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Musk is an idea man. That does not always mean he can run the actual business. He is back peddling as fast as he can and has from the moment he signed the contract to purchase.

Twitter is very important to the citizens of small countries in chaos. It is how they get their news and fight their oppressors and Twitter going down will hurt them at least in the short run.
 

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"But in a Thursday email, Musk backpedaled on his insistence that everyone work from the office. His initial rejection of remote work had alienated many employees who survived the layoffs."
"He softened his earlier tone in an email to employees, writing that “all that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring you are making an excellent contribution.” Workers would also be expected to have “in-person meetings with your colleagues on a reasonable cadence, ideally weekly, but not less than once per month."

 

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Mark Zuckerberg “Move fast and break things.”

Elon Musk’s “If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

Michael Dell "Be crazy and don't seek too much advice on what you propose to do"

Larry Ellison showed that being a tyrant is almost the only way to survive in Silicon Valley. It’s a business, it doesn’t do sorry.

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
 
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