Connect with us

Tech

Donald Trump Jr asks Elon Musk to set up social media network that will not ban his father

Published

on

Donald Trump Jr asks Elon Musk to set up social media network that will not ban his father
Spread the love

Donald Trump Jr has urged Elon Musk to come up his own social media platform that can “blow Twitter away” and save “free speech in America” as he complained about his father’s permanent ban from the microblogging site following the US Capitol siege.

The eldest son of Donald Trump hit out at Twitter for what he called its “bias” and “one-way targeted” censorship, and invited the SpaceX chief to create a rival social networking site which gives a platform to “neural arbiters”, seemingly categorising his father as such.

“Wanted to come up with something to deal with nonsense on the censorship that’s going on right now and obviously, targeted one way,” said Mr Trump. “ Why doesn’t Elon Musk create a social media platform?

ALSO READ:  How Cyber Criminals Clone ATM Cards, Fleece Bank Customers Of Savings

“This guy put manned people into space. He did so privately. He took on big government and did it better, cheaper, faster than they ever could. This is the guy to do it,” he said in the video clip shared on Instagram late on Tuesday.

Don Jr said he considered Mr Musk to be the right person to stand up against Twitter after the tech mogul took on “West Coast high tech” for turning into the “de facto arbiter of free speech”. His comments came after Amazon, Apple and Google blacklisted right-wing social media network Parler.

Twitter and Facebook also permanently banned the outgoing president on 8 January after his supporters marched on the US Capitol – at his request – before overrunning police and rioting inside the Capitol Building. The attack left five people dead, including a police officer.

ALSO READ:  Information Minister Agrees on Immediate Reversal of DSTV Subscription Price Increase.

“Someone like him has the brilliance to come up with something that blows Twitter away,” said Mr Trump about Mr Musk.

The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contacted
Read our full mailing list consent terms here

He suggested that the new platform can regulate against hate speech or violence but at the same time provide a platform to neutral commentators and not turn into a “leftist organisation” that de-platforms people with conservative thoughts.

“I am not looking for a conservative echo chamber, I want a platform to argue my ideas vs someone else’s and not just people in a place telling me what I want to hear,” Mr Trump said.

ALSO READ:  Zuckerberg says Facebook erred in not removing militia post

He showed dismay and shock at Russia’s opposition leaders speaking up in a recent debate over American tech giants and censorship, saying that “Russians are lecturing America on free speech today. That’s how scary it has become”.

“Elon why don’t you do that. Get out there and come up with a concept. I think you are literally the guy to save free speech in America,” he said, while concluding without evidence that the incoming Biden administration would “trample free speech” in the country to meet its political ends.

Independent.co.uk

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tech

FG Orders Immediate Closure Of Enrolment Activities At NIMC Headquarters

Published

on

By

FG Orders Immediate Closure Of Enrolment Activities At NIMC Headquarters
Spread the love

The Federal Government has ordered immediate closure of enrolment activities at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Headquarters, Abuja and reactivation of 20 centers within the FCT to make the process of NIN enrolment much easier from Monday, January 18th 2021.

A statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC Kayode Adegoke advised members of the public, residents and visitors to the FCT wishing to enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN) to use any of the following NIMC centers: State Office

2nd Floor, Block C, No 4 Maputo Street, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja.

Area Councils: Abaji – Abaji Secretariat Complex, Legislative Section Abaji, FCT -Abuja; AMAC- AMAC Secretariat Annex, Kabusa Junction Apo, FCT- Abuja; BWARI- Area Council Complex Bwari, FCT, Abuja; GWAGWALADA – CIPB Building (Old Secretariat), Gwagwalada, FCT – Abuja;

ALSO READ:  Zuckerberg says Facebook erred in not removing militia post

KWALI: Kwali Council Secretariat, Kwali, FCT – Abuja; KUJE – Opposite Forest Pasali,Along Kuje/Gwagwalada Road, FCT.

Special Centres:

DEI-DEI – Beside Diamond Bank, Building Materials International Market; DUTSE- Dutse Alhaji, FCT – Abuja; FHA GWARINPA – FHA/Waterboard Beside Police Station Off 3rd Avenue, FCT – Abuja; HIGHCOURT LUGBE – By Police Signboard, Close to Lugbe Market, Airport Road; JIWA – AEDC Office, before Emir Palace FCT – Abuja;

KARSHI – Women Development Secretariat, Karshi; KENUJ SCHOOL – Kenuj Angles Schools, Jikwoyi Phase 1 Extension, FCT Abuja; KURUDU – Chief Palace, Kurudu;

NIGERIAN CUSTOM SERVICE KARU – Beside Custom Clinic, Karu Site, FCT-Abuja; NIPOST KUBWA – NIPOST, Opposite General Hospital, Phase 4, Kubwa Licensed Private Agents’ Centres

ALSO READ:  Apple Confirms Release Of New iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro

NIN Enrolment Center

Ibro Hotel 34-36 Sokode Street Wuse 2, Abuja; Afritech multi Concept – Gwandal plaza adjacent EFCC Wuse 2, Abuja and NIN Enrolment Center – No 8, Nairobi Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Members of general public within the FCT are advised to visit any of the above listed enrolment centers closest to them for NIN registration and issuance.

The Minister had on Friday advised prospective enrollees to disconnect the City Centres by availing themselves of other enrolment centres put on place in other parts of the major cities across the country, especially those in Abuja and Lagos.

Meanwhile, no extension of date for the 19th January deadline by the government for linking of Sim cards with NIN.

ALSO READ:  Uber Sacks 3,500 Employees Via A Zoom Call.

Recall that the Federal Government had earlier in December fixed 19th January ‘ 2021 as deadline for all telecom subscribers to link their Sim cards with their NIN’ after which it would commence disconnection of those that failed to comply.

Continue Reading

Tech

The Galaxy S21 Series Unveiled by Samsung That Got the Whole World Talking

Published

on

By

Spread the love

The Galaxy S series has been around for over a decade but this year we’re starting to see some major changes as the company reshuffles its portfolio. The division between the S Ultra and the other S-phones has become quite stark, at the same time the division between the S Ultra and Note Ultra has blurred.

Samsung introduced the Ultra badge a little under a year ago. Back then, the camera was the major difference between it and the Plus model. That is true this year as well, but the display has emerged as another important distinction.

Easily the most impressive of the three new models is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which marks a number of firsts for the Galaxy line (the S family especially). And as we said, it’s all down to the screen and the camera.

The 6.8” Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel is a tad smaller than last year, but still has curved sides and now Gorilla Glass Victus protection. And it kept its 1440p+ resolution while the other two S21 models dropped to 1080p+.

This is Samsung’s first display able to run at 120Hz refresh rate while rendering at the full 1440p+ resolution. And it’s an Adaptive Refresh Rate (ARR) display, which can drop to 10Hz, when you don’t need the extra refreshes. This will reduce power usage, especially for static screens (think Always On Display). This also the brightest display of any Galaxy so far, with a peak of 1,500 nits.

ALSO READ:  See List Of Phones That Will Stop Whatsapping Come 2021

The other major change is that the S21 Ultra supports the S Pen. Or rather any Wacom stylus. You can get a big, comfy one or a small, easy to pocket one. Which is important as (unlike the Note), there’s no place to stash the stylus – some Samsung cases have a compartment for it, but it’s that or your pocket.

That hurdle aside, the S Pen offers the same true to life experience of taking notes and sketching your ideas, plus handy shortcuts that we’re used to. This version of the stylus doesn’t have a battery, so the Bluetooth functionality you’ve seen on the Notes (remote camera shutter key, motion gestures) is not available.

The first camera upgrade you’ll notice is that there are two telephoto lenses now. The periscope was extended to 10x optical magnification and a traditional 3x lens was added to fill in the mid-range zoom gap. Below that, the high resolution main sensor handles the 1x to 3x range with lossless digital zoom.

ALSO READ:  Apple Confirms Release Of New iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro

The 108MP main sensor has been upgraded too. Samsung calls it a “Bright Night sensor”, which uses its 9-in-1 pixel binning to 12MP, plus improvements in processing for superior low-light shots. You can get even better results from it if you do manual editing as it can output 12-bit RAW photos.

The S21 Ultra is the first Samsung to support 4K 60fps video recording with all cameras. All cameras, including the 40MP selfie camera, the 12MP Ultra Wide module (with Dual Pixel AF), the two tele cameras as well.

Now we get to the smaller (but still important) stuff. This is the first phone to support Wi-Fi 6E – that’s 802.11ax working in the less cluttered 6 GHz band, which means higher bandwidth and lower latency.

The 5,000 mAh battery has the same capacity as last year, but it officially drops the maximum wired charging speed to 25W (that’s fast enough for a 50% charge in 30 minutes). And, controversially, there’s no charger in the box. The good news is that you can use any USB Power Delivery charger you have (PPS is supported), wireless chargers work too.

The Ultra starts at 128GB storage, same as the other two phones, and has a 256GB option. If you really need a lot of storage, the top configuration comes with half a terabyte.

ALSO READ:  Information Minister Agrees on Immediate Reversal of DSTV Subscription Price Increase.

That is tied to 16GB of RAM. If you think both numbers are overkill, the base RAM capacity is 12GB (the other two new S phones get only 8GB with no option for 12GB, which feels downright pedestrian).

Samsung is building two versions of the S21 Ultra – one with the Snapdragon 888 and one with the Exynos 2100. You don’t get a choice, the chipset is decided by where you buy the phone. As usual, North America gets the Snapdragon, Europe and India get the Exynos. In either case the phone runs Android 11 with the latest One UI 3, which has some exclusive features (including the ones related to the S Pen).

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at €1,250/£1,150 for the 12/128 GB model. That’s €100/£50 less than the S20 Ultra last year. Note: there are no 4G-only versions of the S-series this year.

The phone will be in stores from January 29, but it will probably arrive earlier if you pre-order one. If you do, you’ll get a pair of the new noise-canceling Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and a SmartTag for free.

Continue Reading

Tech

Twitter Gives Reason Why Trump’s Account Was Banned

Published

on

By

Twitter Gives Reason Why Trump's Account Was Banned
Spread the love

Twitter’s German-listed shares slumped as much as eight per cent on Monday, the first trading day after it permanently suspended US President Donald Trump’s account late last Friday.

The company said the suspension of Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, was due to the risk of further violence, following the storming of the US Capitol last Wednesday.

At 1011 GMT, the social media firm’s US-listed shares were also off 6.8 per cent at $47.94 in thin premarket trading, according to Reuters.

It was the first time Twitter banned a head of state, sparking a worldwide controversy over the impact US tech giants can have on free speech and democracy more broadly.

ALSO READ:  Zuckerberg says Facebook erred in not removing militia post

For Twitter’s balance sheet itself, the decision to ban the US president is expected to have a moderate negative impact.

“Expect slight user decline, though engagement erosion is a bigger question,” Berstein analysts wrote in a note looking into the issue.

Far-right groups maintain a vigorous online presence on digital platforms like Parler, Gab, MeWe, Zello and Telegram and could disengage from mainstream social media. There could also be additional costs for Twitter and others as they seek to further moderate content uploaded by their users.

“Incremental moderation may be welcome but it’s not cheap and could benefit Facebook that already employs a moderation army (around six times) larger than Twitter’s workforce,” Berstein analysts said.

ALSO READ:  See List Of Phones That Will Stop Whatsapping Come 2021

Facebook Inc has suspended Trump’s account until at least the end of his presidential term later this month.

Continue Reading

Trending