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November 19, 2022, 12:00 PM

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Herb Scribner / Axios:
Musk is running a Twitter poll on reinstating Donald Trump, after saying in October that Twitter will form a “content moderation council” to make such decisions  —  Elon Musk dropped a 24-hour poll on his own Twitter feed Friday night asking whether or not to reinstate former President Trump to the social media platform.
Yoel Roth / New York Times:
Twitter's ex-head of Trust & Safety on why he resigned: a Twitter whose policies are defined by unilateral edict has little need for a trust and safety function  —  Earlier this month, I chose to leave my position leading trust and safety at Elon Musk's Twitter.
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
[Thread] Elon Musk says a “new Twitter policy” will deboost and demonetize “negative/hate tweets” and reinstates Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson, and Babylon Bee  —  New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach. Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won't find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.
New York Times:
Sources: some internal estimates show 1,200+ full-time Twitter employees resigned on November 17; Twitter previously laid off ~3,700 of 7,500 staff  —  Mr. Musk sent emails on Friday asking to learn about Twitter's underlying technology as key infrastructure teams have been decimated.
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AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
TechCrunch:
India's new draft data protection bill proposes allowing cross-border data transfer with certain countries, unlike an earlier version which imposed restrictions  —  India has proposed a new comprehensive data privacy law that will mandate how companies handle data of its citizens …
Jude Karabus / The Register:
A New York judge issues a default ruling against two Russians Google accused of running a botnet infecting 1M+ devices, ordering them to pay Google's legal fees  —  Judge tells tale of two men, their lawyer, and a ‘willful campaign... to mislead the court’  —  A New York judge has issued …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: $300M of FTX's $420M raise in October 2021 went to Sam Bankman-Fried in a share sale he said was partial reimbursement for buying out Binance's stake  —  Cryptocurrency-exchange founder told investors last year that the share sale was partial reimbursement of money he'd spent to buy out rival Binance's stake
New York Times:
A look at South Korean conglomerate Naver's experiments with a fleet of ~100 office robots, including efforts to make employees comfortable with their presence  —  Naver, a South Korean internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

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