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Meta Launches Threads: Mark Zuckerberg’s Highly-Anticipated Twitter Rival Now Available on iOS and Android.

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The text-based Twitter competitor Threads was officially launched on Wednesday by Facebook behemoth Meta, but its rollout in Europe has been postponed due to regulatory issues. The largest rival to Elon Musk-owned Twitter to date is Threads. Despite its enormous problems, Threads has struggled to displace one of the social media platform’s most recognisable brands.

The app launched on Apple and Android app stores at 23:00 GMT (4:30am IST), with accounts for famous people like Shakira and Jack Black as well as media companies like The Hollywood Reporter, Vice, and Netflix already operational.

The app was unmistakably a spin-off of Instagram when it was first released, giving it access to Instagram’s following of over two billion users without having to start from scratch.

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The new platform, which the corporation believes will become the go-to communication route for celebrities, businesses, and politicians, is being promoted by Zuckerberg, who is widely believed to be taking advantage of Musk’s tumultuous ownership of Twitter.
“It’s as simple as that: if an Instagram user with a large following, like a Messi, a Bieber, or a Kardashian, starts posting regularly on Threads, a new platform could quickly thrive,”

Threads would only require one out of every four monthly Instagram users, according to analyst Jasmine Engberg of Insider Intelligence, “to make it as big as Twitter.” “Twitter users are desperate for an alternative, and Musk has given Zuckerberg an opening,” she continued.

Musk and Zuckerberg are well known to be fierce rivals and have even proposed meeting in a cage to engage in arm-wrestling.
This occurred after a Meta executive allegedly promised staff members that Threads would function similarly to Twitter but be “sanely run.”

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated that Threads’ goal was to create “an open and friendly platform for conversations,” breaking away from Twitter’s negative reputation.

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Under Musk, Twitter’s content control has been drastically scaled back, with errors and hasty choices damaging the site’s reputation and frightening away high-profile users and significant sponsors.

Linda Yaccarino, an advertising professional, was hired by Musk to steady the ship, but he has not spared her from his whims.

The Tesla billionaire announced last week that he was restricting access to Twitter as a “temporary measure” to stop AI companies from “scraping” the website to develop their software.

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Then, Musk infuriated Twitter’s most ardent devotees by announcing that access to its TweetDeck tool, which enables users to view a rapid stream of tweets at once, would only be available to paying clients.

Despite Instagram’s enormous user base, Threads owner Meta also has a legion of detractors, many of whom are based in Europe. As a result, the growth of the website may be slowed.

The business formerly known as Facebook is criticised primarily for how it handles personal data, which is the lifeblood of the targeted advertising that generates billions of dollars in revenue for the corporation every quarter. A source with direct knowledge of the situation claims that regulatory issues would postpone the introduction of Threads in the European Union, where Meta will be subject to a new regulation known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which establishes tight guidelines for the greatest internet corporations in the world.
One guideline prohibits platforms from sharing user information across different products, which might apply in the instance of a connection between Threads and Instagram.

After purchasing the messaging service WhatsApp, Meta was exposed for doing just that, and European regulators will be on the alert to make sure the business doesn’t do it with Threads.

Interoperability with other Twitter competitors like Mastodon, a further original idea for Threads, is now on hold but has not been given up.

The app informed users that they would soon be able to follow and communicate with users on other fediverse sites. Different platforms of various shapes and sizes would be able to speak with one another in the so-called fediverse.

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Elon Musk Plans AI Candidate Winning US Elections in 2032

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Elon Musk Plans AI Candidate Winning US Elections in 2032

Billionaire Elon Musk stated that he thinks a candidate using artificial intelligence (AI) might run for president of the United States in 2032. In 2024, who will be the President of the United States? was a question posed to Elon Musk during a conversation during the 10th annual Breakthrough Prize presentation. The CEO of Tesla then laughed heartily and answered, “Who do you think will win the White House in 2032? What kind of artificial intelligence? Diffusion or transformers?”

Elon Musk previously stated that “if AI is smart enough, it could undermine democracy” about the impact of AI on elections. He also said that artificial intelligence (AI) might surpass human intelligence by 2026 and that the availability of electricity would limit technological advancements. “I think it’s probably next year, within two years,” he stated, defining AGI (artificial general intelligence) as intelligence greater than that of the smartest human. The billionaire further claimed that a shortage of processors is impeding the training of Elon Musk’s AI project, xAI’s Grok 2, which was unveiled as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

Also Read: WhatsApp Tests Meta AI Chatbot in India and Other Markets

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The company’s “first-generation multimodal model,” Grok-1.5 Vision Preview, was unveiled by xAI and will soon be made accessible for testing. The framework can “process a wide variety of visual information, including documents, diagrams, charts, screenshots, and photographs.” In the meantime, Grok-1.5, which will soon be accessible on X, provides better reasoning and a context length of 1,28,000 tokens.

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WhatsApp Tests Meta AI Chatbot in India and Other Markets

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WhatsApp Tests Meta AI Chatbot in India and Other Markets

WhatsApp has announced that it is testing its huge language model-powered chatbot, Meta AI, with users in India and a few other areas. The goal of this initiative is to leverage WhatsApp’s massive user base to strengthen its AI products.

The AI chatbot is being tested by the internet giant in a few locations, including the US.

A representative for Meta stated in a statement on Friday that “we’re testing a range of our generative AI-powered experiences publicly in a limited capacity.” The experiences are currently in different stages of development.

India is the largest market for the instant messaging application WhatsApp, with over 500 million users.

In September of last year, the tech giant unveiled Meta AI, a general-purpose chatbot that can respond to user inquiries in chats and produce lifelike pictures from text suggestions.

Furthermore, the business has stated that it will release Llama 3, its upcoming major language model, in the upcoming month. This was confirmed earlier this week.

Also Read: Apple Policy: No Access to Customer Passcodes, Says Company

Aiming to reduce AI-generated fraudulent or manipulated content, Meta has announced that it will launch an Elections Operations Centre specifically for India. Through the implementation of focused mitigations across Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, as well as other Meta apps, this center will bring experts together to identify possible threats.

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Apple Policy: No Access to Customer Passcodes, Says Company

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Apple Policy: No Access to Customer Passcodes, Says Company

Amid the controversy surrounding reports that Apple refused to unlock Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s iPhone at the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) request, sources close to the matter revealed on Wednesday that no one at the multinational tech company was contacted directly in India or around the world to unlock the device. According to reports, the ED had “informally” sought Apple to assist in unlocking the iPhone. Apple, on the other hand, is adamant that it will not provide the passcode to an iOS device that is locked at the moment.

According to the company’s “Legal Process Guidelines” for governments and law enforcement outside of the US, “No, Apple does not have access to a customer’s passcode.” Emails with questions or concerns about the legal system should be sent to lawenforcement@apple.com. There was no documented correspondence between ED and Apple, according to sources.

Requests for accounts from the government, law enforcement, and business sectors are subject to Apple’s notice policy. The official company document states that Apple “will notify customers and account holders unless there is a non-disclosure order or applicable law prohibiting notice, or where Apple, based only on its reasonable belief that, in its sole judgment, providing notice might immediately put a member of the public in danger of serious damage or death, that the case involves child endangerment, or that notification is not relevant to the case’s fundamental facts,”

Also Read: OpenAI Unveils Voice Cloning Tool ‘Voice Engine’: Here’s All You Need to Know

To help with investigations and prosecutions, Apple objected to or challenged more than a dozen court orders in the US in 2015 and 2016. The objective was to compel the company “to use its existing capabilities to extract data like contacts, photos, and calls from locked iPhones running on operating systems iOS 7 and older.” One famous example is a 2016 court battle in which the FBI demanded that Apple unlock a “work-issued” iPhone that was found on one of the shooters in the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, which left 22 people injured and 14 dead. The iPhone was not unlocked by Apple. Afterward, the government dropped its lawsuit, claiming that it had used a third party’s assistance to unlock the iPhone.

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