Listenbourg, the fake country that went viral on Twitter
03 November 2022 | 5:22 pm
We look at a new report from Le Monde and an anti-corruption investigative website into shady links between Russian mercenary group Wagner and the militia in Sudan. Also, ahead of the COP 27 conference in Egypt this week, the focus is not just on climate change but human rights in Egypt. Finally, a French Twitter user's joke about Americans' lack of geography gets a life of its own.
In the World This Week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tries to negotiate humanitarian corridors in Ukraine while on a visit to Kyiv. French President Emmanuel Macron's re-election honeymoon period proves short-lived, with the focus quickly turning to June legislative elections. And Tesla founder Elon Musk makes a $44 million offer for social media platform Twitter.
Thousands of amateur detectives are sharing their findings on war crimes and troop movements from the comfort of their living room. They hope their work can one day be used in court. Could this come true?
Elon Musk says companies and governments might need to pay to use Twitter under his ownership, as the billionaire Tesla founder seeks more investors to cover the private financing of his $44 billion takeover deal. The US Fed gets set to hike interest rates, and soaring profits at oil companies spur a push for windfall taxes.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk recently acquired Twitter after the board agreed to the takeover bid by the Billionaire, marking a dramatic reversal of its earlier hesitation to accept the offer. Musk reportedly paid $54.20 (€50.8) per share in cash, or $44 billion, to take a 38% stake in the messaging platform. The takeover has however been welcomed with mixed feelings with many expressing fears that Musk may alter the way the platform operates.
Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Friday (May 13) at the end of a bumpy week marked by rising concerns over tighter monetary policy and slowing economic growth, while Twitter sank after Elon Musk put his deal for the social media company on hold.
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A phony account on Twitter, with at least four different identities since February, claims to be the brother of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In this edition of Truth or Fake, we explain how we uncovered this fake Twitter account with more than 35,000 followers.
Twitter has published an account of its deal with Elon Musk suggesting his concerns about "fake users" only arose after setting a price. The Tesla mogul's takeover is not yet complete, with Musk calling it into question.
Musk accused Twitter of not providing data on spam accounts, saying he reserves "his right to terminate the merger agreement" over the dispute.
Elon Musk's legal team has warned Twitter that the Tesla boss could walk away from a $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant, accusing it of breaching its contractual obligations by not sharing information about how fake accounts are calculated. We take a closer look. Plus, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in Palo Alto, Apple launches a redesigned MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro with a new chip that makes them faster and more powerful.
Twitter hit back on Monday at Elon Musk for accusing the social media company of breaching its obligations in their merger agreement, saying it is Musk who's breaching the $44-billion deal by attempting to ditch it.
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