Elon Musk Ditches User Blocking on X Except for DMs

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In a controversial move that could potentially violate policies for both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, Elon Musk has announced that the social media platform formerly known as Twitter will be eliminating the option to block other users, with the exception of direct messages. Musk argues that muting, rather than blocking, is a more sensible solution, but critics are concerned about the potential for increased harassment and unwanted interactions.

This isn’t the first time that the platform, now under Musk’s leadership, has made significant changes that impacted its user experience. Last year, the platform’s free API was abruptly discontinued, leading to the failure of many third-party apps that were designed to help manage and mitigate harassment on the platform. This decision left many users frustrated and feeling less protected against online abuse.

Twitter Removes User Blocking, Lamborghini Unveils Spaceship-Inspired EV, & Microsoft’s AI Blunder

Twitter’s Controversial Update: No More User Blocking

In a controversial move, Elon Musk has announced that Twitter, now under a different moniker, will remove the option to block other users, retaining this feature only for Direct Messages (DMs). Musk justified this decision stating it "makes no sense" to block when users can mute others. However, this move might be at odds with policies of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, potentially affecting the platform’s availability on these marketplaces.

Impact on Anti-Harassment Apps

This change follows another significant move by the platform in spring when it discontinued the platform’s free API. This decision rendered many third-party apps, which were recommended by Twitter a year prior, useless. Apps like Block Party, designed to help mitigate harassment on the platform, were affected by these API changes.

Gaming & Tech Updates: Sega’s Big Purchase, PS1-Style Twin Peaks Game, and More

In other tech news, Sega has completed its acquisition of Rovio for a whopping $776 million. Meanwhile, a French developer, Blue Rose Team, has released a demo for its fan-made game, Twin Peaks: Into the Night. The game, inspired by the original Resident Evil titles, offers a retro, PS1-style gaming experience.

Lamborghini’s Spaceship-Inspired EV Concept Car

Lamborghini has unveiled a new all-electric concept car, Lanzador, inspired by spaceships. Though the car will never hit retail, it is expected to influence future Lamborghini models. The all-electric vehicle sports a futuristic design with the driver and passenger seated low to the ground, akin to a jet. Despite a roof height of around 1.5 meters, Lamborghini claims the interior is "unexpectedly roomy".

Microsoft’s AI Writes an Unfortunate Travel Article

Microsoft has retracted an AI-generated travel article that inappropriately suggested tourists visit a food bank in Ottawa. Published under the name Microsoft Travel, the article recommended activities such as catching a baseball game, paying respects at a war museum, and visiting the Ottawa Food Bank. The gaffe was pointed out on Twitter by Paris Marx, leading to Microsoft pulling the article.

Takeaways: These events highlight the evolving nature and challenges in tech. While Twitter’s decision to remove user blocking may invite criticism, it underscores the need for robust harassment mitigation strategies. Lamborghini’s concept car shows continued investment in EV technology, while Microsoft’s blunder serves as a reminder of the limitations and ethical considerations of AI-generated content.

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