The Week in Tech: When In Doubt, Never Tweet


Andrew Ross Sorkin, our Dealbook columnist, puzzled whether or not Twitter is the appropriate discussion board for public firm executives to be speaking within the first place. And Kara Swisher, a contributing opinion columnist for The Occasions, requested on Thursday whether or not Mr. Musk was simply plain loopy. She concluded that he wasn’t, however really helpful that he delete the Twitter app from his cellphone.

It isn’t dangerous recommendation. And neither is the recommendation our editors commonly give us after we are tempted to weigh in on a Twitter brawl: When doubtful, by no means tweet.

In different tech information this week:

■ Google workers signed an inside letter protesting the corporate’s determination to construct a censored model of its search engine for China. The letter, first reported by my colleagues Kate Conger and Daisuke Wakabayashi, was the most recent instance of how Google workers have challenged the corporate’s management. It additionally complicates Google’s try to return to China, which it withdrew from eight years in the past to object to Beijing’s restrictions on free speech and hacking.

■ File this below how the wealthy simply preserve getting richer. My colleague Erin Griffith wrote this week about how Silicon Valley start-ups are being showered with a lot cash — funding rounds of $100 million and up generally known as mega-rounds are booming — that they’re struggling to determine what to do with all of it.

■ Cuba is without doubt one of the few remaining elements of the world the place individuals nonetheless battle to get on-line. However for 9 hours on Tuesday, Cubans out of the blue had the web. In the course of the length of a check being run by the Cuban authorities, which partnered with a wi-fi web firm, Cubans may get on-line free of charge utilizing their cellphones.

■ The pretend web retains getting extra actual. I wrote a narrative a couple of pretend Fb group that tricked Individuals into displaying up at protests. The group, Black Elevation, was one among dozens eliminated by Fb for being a part of an affect marketing campaign making an attempt to sway Individuals forward of the midterm elections.

■ And lastly, this lengthy learn by Reuters was an unimaginable documentation of the methods wherein Fb’s failings in Myanmar led to individuals being killed. So much has been written about how Fb was used to unfold hate speech in Myanmar, which led to brutal assaults in opposition to the nation’s Rohingya minority. Reuters revealed that Fb initially had solely two Burmese audio system reviewing content material from Myanmar and that it later turned to contractors. After Reuters’s report, Fb introduced it was hiring coverage advisors on Myanmar and extra Burmese-language moderators.

Sheera Frenkel covers cybersecurity for The Occasions. She beforehand labored at Buzzfeed and spent years as a correspondent within the Center East. Comply with her on Twitter: @sheeraf.


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