Twitter locks staff out of offices until next week

‘Chief Twit’ takes control

Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, immediately firing a number of the company’s top executives and tweeting “the bird is freed”.

Before officially taking charge of the company, Musk changed his Twitter profile to read “Chief Twit” and turned up to Twitter HQ in San Francisco carrying a sink, saying: “Let that sink in!”

Pledge made over hate speech

Musk responds to concerns that he will loosen regulations at the company governing hate speech and misinformation by saying he’s “not yet made any changes”. He adds that a new “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints” will meet before any policy changes.

Platform battles ‘trolling campaign’

After a surge in tweets containing racist language, Twitter’s head of trust and safety says: “Hateful conduct has no place here.” Yoel Roth says the company is taking action against users “involved in this trolling campaign” to make Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.

Musk shares inaccurate story

Musk tweets an article containing a number of inaccuracies about an attack on the husband of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by a hammer-wielding intruder. The site has a history of publishing inaccurate stories and Musk later deletes the tweet after a backlash.

Trump return dismissed – for now

With just over a week to go before the US midterm elections, Musk responds to questions about whether he will reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter by tweeting: “If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!”

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Later that day, Musk attended a halloween party in New York and posed for photographs wearing a “Devil’s champion” costume.

Criticism over subscription service

Following reports that Twitter will begin charging users to have verified accounts, Musk responds to criticism from author Stephen King by saying: “We need to pay the bills somehow!”.

Musk moves to cut staff numbers

Employees at the company begin receiving emails entitled “Your Role at Twitter” informing them whether they have lost their jobs. Responding to news about the layoffs, Musk says “unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day”.

Yoel Roth, the head of trust and safety, said 50% of the company’s nearly 8,000 employees had been laid off but sought to reassure users and advertisers that the platform’s moderation capacity remained intact.

Twitter founder breaks silence

Twitter co-founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey breaks his silence over the Musk takeover to apologise to staff who have lost their jobs, saying: “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly.”

Crackdown on parody accounts

Musk announces that Twitter accounts impersonating people without being clearly labelled a parody will be permanently suspended – a change to the previous process when accounts were given a

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Person rallies neighbors to develop their have fiber-optic network

A team of Los Altos Hills, California, people is standing up to world-wide-web giants Comcast and AT&T.

Tech-loaded but world wide web-lousy, people of the Silicon Valley neighborhood have been fed up with sluggish broadband speeds of much less than 25 Megabits-per-next (Mbps) obtain and 3 Mbps upload — the federal definition of a household unserved by satisfactory world-wide-web.

Discouraged by the acquire-it-or-go away-it attitude of online vendors, they designed their possess answer — and now this tony enclave has a single of the swiftest household speeds in the nation.

Scott Vanderlip, a application engineer, explained Comcast gave him a $17,000 estimate to join his dwelling to the a lot quicker world wide web company at a neighbor’s property.

“You received to be kidding me – I can see it on the pole from my driveway,” Vanderlip claimed, remembering his reaction to Comcast’s quote.

So the self-described “town rebel” jumped at the likelihood to companion with a startup net provider service provider called Subsequent Stage Networks. If Vanderlip could rally a couple of neighbors ready to make investments a pair thousand bucks, Subsequent Degree would get them incredibly rapidly online.

That was in 2017. Now, Vanderlip is president of the Los Altos Hills Group Fiber Association, which supplies tremendous-rapidly speeds — up to 10 Gigabits-for each-next add and download — to its around 40 association customers, letting them transfer enormous information and load webpages in the click on of a personal computer mouse, Vanderlip claimed. That’s 125 situations a lot quicker than the average obtain pace in Santa Clara County.

The status quo of broadband interaction — the passing of huge quantities of info from one area to one more at the identical time — utilizes phone wires or copper coaxial cables owned by significant firms like Comcast, Spectrum and AT&T.

This copper-based online is all which is out there to virtually 60% of the properties in the United States, in accordance to the Fiber Broadband Affiliation. Four in 10 older people earning considerably less than $30,000 a yr did not have broadband world-wide-web accessibility at home in 2021, in accordance to Pew surveys. And several Americans have no internet at all.

“We just can’t preserve begging the Comcasts and the AT&Ts of the entire world to build out a network that assures everybody in our group has (world-wide-web) that is dependable and very affordable,” reported Sean Gonsalves, who works on neighborhood broadband networks at the Institute for Neighborhood Self Reliance.

Specialists say tremendous-speedy fiber optic cables are the upcoming of broadband. As an alternative of utilizing energy, modest beams of gentle bounce down the main of glass or plastic fiber optic cables, each measuring as thick as a stack of two sheets of printer paper.

Mainly because it transmits details by using light-weight, fiber optic online has practically limitless capability, Gonsalves mentioned, and its infrastructure is more cost-effective to maintain than copper cables. Most importantly, fiber supplies the exact same net speeds when downloading and uploading facts, this means

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