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From the column: "Musk's high-profile battle to acquire, and now to avoid acquiring, Twitter should serve as a reminder of the downsides of centralized social media."
From the column: "Musk's behavior seems erratic, but at this juncture, he probably wants to exercise the option of time. He wants to stall."
From the editorial: "Social media by itself is not a dependable source of news. Unfortunately, though, it seems many people these days just aren’t interested in staying abreast of community information."
Business Insider reported on Thursday that SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle claims by an unnamed private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.

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From the column: "Banning automated sorting mechanisms and imposing verification requirements would do little to solve the problems affecting children online. They may, however, have unintended consequences for other vulnerable groups and risk user privacy."
From the column: "To their credit, Minnesota legislators made a number of amendments ... to reflect a bit more awareness of some of the potential unintended harms their algorithm ban might cause."
Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while he was criticizing Russia's political system. He jokingly blamed the mistake on his age as the audience burst into laughter.
Lorna Klefsaas gave her son Sivert $1,800 to stay off social media until he was 18. And he did.
TikTok has its own royalty system to reward and compensate members of the public who become their creators.
Announcing that he had reached a deal to acquire Twitter, Musk asserted that “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”

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Rep. Kristin Robbins, R-Maple Grove, said she became concerned after reading a series of “disturbing” news reports detailing how algorithms guided children toward content about eating disorders and drug use. Worried for the safety of her own children and others, Robbins introduced a bill.
Research says customers more easily swayed by personal stories of an individual medical odyssey than via traditional forms. Critics worry regulators are too responsive to media-savvy advocates, touting illness-awareness messages, platformed by powerful interests.
Former President Trump tells Fox News he won't return even if account is reinstated.

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