Elon Musk is known for his greatest technology inventions but these days he is quite popular in the meme’s industry.
On Thursday, Musk – who runs Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, tweeted a dead meme that was published way back in 2018.
The meme is of a man with one extremely strong arm and he made a joke about masturbation. Some appreciate that, while others seem not very happy with that.
According to ESPN, the photo appears to be of Matthias Schlitte, a professional German arm wrestler who was born with a genetic defect that makes his right arm bone look much larger than his left.
The meme accompanied by text, ‘Pornhub awards first user to reach one million video watched (2018).’
Elon captioned it with: “Guess he’s not left-handed”
Guess he’s not left-handed pic.twitter.com/RLlzOLqh8U
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2020
— Kawber (@KawberYT) February 6, 2020
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) February 6, 2020
— Yosh (@Yosh6400) February 6, 2020
This photo was published on a subreddit r/memes more than a year ago.
Twitter and TikTok reportedly have had talks about a deal
Twitter has had preliminary discussions about a “combination” with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported, making the social media platform the latest possible suitor for the popular video-sharing app. As the WSJ notes, it’s not clear whether Twitter would pursue a possible acquisition of TikTok, and any such deal would have big obstacles.
The biggest challenge to any deal is the Trump administration’s executive order from August 6th, which bars TikTok parent company ByteDance from handling transactions in the US. The order takes effect within 45 days. The administration considers the Chinese-owned app a potential security threat, despite no evidence indicating ByteDance or TikTok has ever shared Americans’ data with the Chinese government. TikTok has said it plans to challenge the Trump administration’s order.
And then there’s Microsoft, the only company so far to publicly acknowledge it was in talks with TikTok owner ByteDance for a possible acquisition. The WSJ says Twitter would be considered a long-shot in a bid for TikTok, with Microsoft the likely front runner in any deal. Twitter is much smaller than Microsoft, and the WSJ’s sources say the social platform could be likely to face less antitrust scrutiny than Microsoft. But Twitter also doesn’t have as much money as the software giant for a possible purchase.
Microsoft said in an August 2nd blog post that its CEO Satya Nadella had spoken to President Trump about a possible TikTok acquisition, which would include TikTok operations in the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Microsoft said it expected its talks to wrap by September 15th.
Any deal with Twitter would involve TikTok’s US operations, according to the WSJ.
Twitter declined to comment. A TikTok spokesperson said the company does not comment on market rumors.
TikTok lawsuit against Trump administration could come as early as Tuesday
TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the app in the US, and the company may file the lawsuit as early as Tuesday, NPR reported.
According to NPR, the lawsuit will argue the president’s action is unconstitutional because TikTok did not have time to respond. The lawsuit also will allege that the president’s justification for the ban— that the company is a threat to US national security— is baseless, NPR reported.
Under the executive order the president signed Thursday, the US will block all transactions with TikTok parent company ByteDance within 45 days, in order to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.”
“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” the order reads.
A TikTok spokesperson declined to comment Saturday, and pointed to the company’s blog post on the matter. “We have made clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request,” the blog posts states. “This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets.”
The company said it planned to “pursue all remedies available to us” to ensure it was treated fairly. It’s not clear how such a ban would affect ongoing talks between Microsoft and ByteDance to acquire TikTok in the US, discussions which Microsoft said would be concluded by September 15th.
Twitter testing quote tweet counts, formerly known as retweets with comments
In a move that may forever change what it means to be ratio’d, Twitter is testing some new language on tweet metrics, making quotes (also known as retweets with comments) visible on each tweet, the company confirmed Saturday.
“A few months ago, we’ve made Retweets with Comments more visible when you tap to see Retweets on a Tweet,” a Twitter spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “This is available to everyone. Now, we’re testing making Retweets with Comments accessible directly on the Tweet and new language (Quotes) to see if this makes them easier to access and more understandable.”
A Verge reader tipped us to the feature’s new name, which lists the number of times a tweet is quoted alongside likes and retweets:
In May, Twitter tested the “Retweet with comments” counter with some iOS users, which listed the number next to a tweet’s “Likes” and “Retweets” tallies. It made it much easier to find quoted replies to a tweet.
Of course, Twitter has noodled with different user interface changes over the past few months that haven’t become permanent features; it tried an ‘original tweeter’ label to highlight who started a conversation thread, a snooze feature for notifications, and an option to get notifications for replies to an individual tweet.
Twitter has previously said it’s refining its UI with an eye toward improving conversations among users. The company’s director of product management Suzanne Xie said in January at CES that Twitter was thinking about some of the less healthy interactions on the platform, such as “getting ratio’d, getting dunked on” when it introduced new updates.
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