Elon Musk throws shade at Meta after Facebook, Instagram, Threads suffer global outrage

UNITED STATES- Elon Musk, founder of X, formerly Twitter, threw shade at Meta after its social media apps Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Threads experienced a global outage on Tuesday. Meta’s communications director, Andy Stone, on his official X handle at 4:25 p.m., acknowledged the platforms’ blackout and assured it was being worked on. “If you’re reading this post, it’s because our servers are working,” Musk tweeted shortly after Mr Stone’s tweet. The 52-year-old businessman further shared a photo of four penguins: three penguins marked with Facebook, Instagram and thread, saluting the fourth, marked with the X icon. Attached to the picture was Mr Stone’s post acknowledging Meta’s global outage. Meanwhile, in July last year, X accused Meta owner Mark Zuckerberg of engaging in “unlawful misappropriation” of the company’s trade secrets and intellectual property after the launch of Threads. In a memo addressed to Mr Zuckerberg, X’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, threatened a lawsuit and accused Meta of hiring former X employees fired by the company.  Reacting to the launch of Threads, Mr Musk said, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.” 

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Elon Musk set to introduce video, audio calls on X

The owner of the social media platform X, Elon Musk, has announced plans to add video and audio call features to the app. In announcing the development on Thursday, Musk disclosed that the new features will not require the use of a mobile number. Musk wrote: “Video and audio calls coming to X. Works on Android, iOS, Mac & PC. No phone number is needed. X is an effective global address book. That set of factors is unique.” This is coming some weeks after X, formerly known as Twitter, started paying rewards to creators who are Twitter Blue subscribers. Precise Post reported that Musk had in July replaced the social media’s globally recognised blue bird logo with a white X on a black background.

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Tinubu’s certificate: Chicago State University locks X account after backlash

Chicago State University, United States has put its X page on private after some Nigerians allegedly stormed the page to inquire whether or not President Bola Tinubu truly graduated from the institution. This is in the wake of a petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in a United States court to obtain information about Tinubu’s academic records at the Chicago State University. A check on the page which was earlier Public, on Tuesday, showed it has now been put on Private with a message – “These posts are protected. Only confirmed followers have access to @ChicagoState’s posts and complete profiles. Tap a Follow button to send a follow request.” PUNCH had reported in January 2022 that the university confirmed to it that Tinubu indeed attended the university. Beverly Poindexter, who is in charge of official transcript requests, enrolment, and degree verification at the Office of the Registrar, CSU,  in a terse email response said,  “Mr Tinubu did attend our university, however, if further information is needed, go to studentclearinghouse.org website to make a formal …

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