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Elon Musk-Twitter Deal Now Temporarily on Hold: 10 Points to Know

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Twitter deal is temporarily on hold on the amount of spam and fake accounts on the platform, Elon Musk divulged on Friday. The latest development just over a fortnight after Musk announced to acquire the microblogging platform for $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,40,800 crore) last month. Musk claimed he would make Twitter algorithms open source and improve its policies to better support free speech on the platform — as a result of his acquisition. Shortly after Musk’s move became official, reports suggested that the billionaire might reprice the deal.

Here are the 10 important points that you should know about Elon Musk-Twitter deal that is now on hold:

  1. Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/ fake accounts do indeed represent less than five percent of users,” Musk tweeted on Friday.
  2. Twitter has not yet publicly commented on the matter. Elon Musk has also not provided any further details about whether he is particularly concerned with the given percentage of spam and fake users provided by Twitter.
  3. Earlier this month, Twitter said in a filing that fake and spam accounts comprise less than five percent of the total users on its platform.
  4. Elon Musk confirmed to buy Twitter for the $44 billion deal in April. On completion of the transaction, the San Francisco, California-based company will become a privately held company.
  5. According to the terms of the agreement, Twitter shareholders were set to receive $54.20 in cash for each share they hold upon closing the proposed transaction, the company said in its public statement announcing the deal last month.
  6. Musk was said to have secured over $7 billion (roughly Rs. 54,200 crore) in funding from a group of investors including Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison to fund his $44 billion deal.
  7. Investors recently suggested that Musk might not purchase Twitter for the agreed price of $44 billion as the company’s shares plunged to their lowest level since the deal became public on April 25.
  8. Before the acquisition deal, Musk disclosed to have a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter in a regulatory filing.
  9. Musk recently stated that he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former US President Donald Trump when he completes the acquisition. He called the decision “morally wrong and flat-out stupid” while speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car conference. Musk also received support of US Republicans — the group of the political party that belongs Trump — for the acquisition move, though Democrats were not pleased with the deal.
  10. Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter also recently faced an antitrust review by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Open Markets Institute recently demanded to stop the deal as it believed it could give the world’s richest man “direct control over one of the world’s most important platforms for public communications and debate.”
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What Are WhatsApp Polls and How Do You Use Them? All You Need to Know

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WhatsApp’s new features and updates which have rolled out over the past few months have made the messaging experience much better. Now, WhatsApp users can even create polls in personal and group chats to see what their friends and contacts think. Both iOS and Android users can use this feature. A poll could help take the opinions of group members on any topic or idea, or could be useful for making plans quickly. Just like your chats, the responses you send to a poll question will be protected by end-to-end encryption. At the moment, Telegram and Facebook Messenger allow group polls. You can easily start using this new WhatsApp feature on your smartphone.

Here is How to Create a WhatsApp Poll

Step 1: Update WhatsApp to the latest version

Step 2: Open the private or group chat in which you want to create a poll

Step 3: For Android, tap on the paper clip icon at the bottom of the screen. For iOS, select the plus (+) icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 4: Select ‘Poll’

Step 5: Type the question you want to ask, along with response options

Step 6: Finally, tap on ‘Send’ to share the poll

Up to twelve response options can be offered to recipients for each poll, and these are not time-bound. Users can also see the responses selected by others by tapping on ‘View votes’.

The Meta-owned messaging app has recently worked on several updates, rolling out new tools including the Call Link feature, the ability to message yourself, and Companion Mode. While some of these new features are not available to all users at the moment, WhatsApp does plan to make them accessible to everyone in the coming days. The most recent and talked-about feature apart from WhatsApp polls is Communities. These allow users to have separate groups under one “Community” to organize large conversations.

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“With Communities, we’re aiming to raise the bar for how organizations communicate with a level of privacy and security not found anywhere else. The alternatives available today require trusting apps or software companies with a copy of their messages – and we think they deserve the higher level of security provided by end-to-end encryption,” stated WhatsApp in a blog post.

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Elon Musk Calls Donald Trump’s Twitter Ban ‘Grave Mistake’, Condemns Violence

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Twitter’s ban on then President Donald Trump after January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by his supporters was a “grave mistake” that had to be corrected, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday, although he also stated that incitement to violence would continue to be prohibited on Twitter.

“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service,” Musk said in a tweet. “Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.”

Last week, Musk announced the reactivation of Trump’s account after a slim majority voted in a Twitter poll in favor of reinstating Trump, who said, however, that he had no interest in returning to Twitter. He added he would stick with his own social media site Truth Social, the app developed by Trump Media & Technology Group.

Republican Trump, who 10 days ago announced he was running for election again in 2024, was banned on January 8, 2021, from Twitter under its previous owners.

At the time, Twitter said it permanently suspended him because of the risk of further incitement of violence following the storming of the Capitol. The results of the November 2020 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden were being certified by lawmakers when the Capitol was attacked after weeks of false claims by Trump that he had won.

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Trump repeatedly used Twitter and other sites to falsely claim there had been widespread voter fraud, and had urged supporters to march on the Capitol in Washington to protest.

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The attack is being investigated by US prosecutors and a congressional committee.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday on Musk’s statement that Trump did not violate any Twitter terms of service when his account was suspended.

Earlier on Friday, Musk tweeted that calling for violence or incitement to violence on Twitter would result in suspension, after saying on Thursday that Twitter would provide a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts that had not broken the law or engaged in spam.

Replying to a tweet, Musk said it was “very concerning” that Twitter had taken no action earlier to remove some accounts related to the far-left Antifa movement. In response to another tweet asking if Musk considered the statement “trans people deserve to die” as worthy of suspension from the platform, the billionaire said: “Absolutely”.

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Change and chaos have marked Musk’s first few weeks as Twitter’s owner. He has fired top managers and it was announced that senior officials in charge of security and privacy had quit.

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WhatsApp Reportedly Testing Voice Status Update for iOS Beta: All Details

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WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging app, is reportedly working on a feature that will let iOS users share voice notes in their status updates. As of now, the users can only share pictures, videos and links in their WhatsApp status. However, once the new feature will be rolled out, WhatsApp users on iOS will be reportedly able to share voice notes or voice clips as well in their status updates on the app. According to the report, the messaging platform is testing the feature on iOS Beta for an upcoming update.

According to a report by WhatsApp development tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp users on iOS will be able to share a voice note of up to 30 seconds alongside text in their status updates, similar to what they can currently do in a WhatsApp chat.

The report has also shared a screengrab of the same, hinting at the upcoming feature, which shows a microphone icon on the bottom of the text status.

WhatsApp on iOS users will be required to click on the microphone icon and record their voice to upload it as their status update. They can even add text to it, if needed. It is worth noting that the voice status updates will only be shared with the people selected in the privacy settings. Also, these voice notes will always be end-to-end encrypted.

Not only iOS, but this ability is said to be also being tested in WhatsApp beta for Android’s upcoming update. As of now, this feature is still under development, so it would be very early to say anything.

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Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently rolled out WhatsApp Polls to users on both Android and iOS. The Polls feature was introduced alongside ‘Communities’, a feature that allows users to have separate groups under one umbrella to organise group conversations. WhatsApp Polls lets users create polls within the group with the ability to vote. Facebook Messenger and Telegram currently allow users to add group polls. WhatsApp’s poll feature will be protected by end-to-end encryption.

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