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This week's Insider Tech looks at all the political and geopolitical stories in tech that played out while Apple's event streamed.
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"Travis is the first in a suite of big celebrities," McDonald's US CMO Morgan Flatley said in a leaked memo.
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Social media giant Facebook has been under constant regulatory and governmental scrutiny for years, but now it faces its most fearsome adversary yet.
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Hollywood stars say they'll "freeze" their Facebook and Instagram accounts on Wednesday.
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Here are the top media and advertising stories from Business Insider for September 10.
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In July, hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of high-profile celebrities, tech executives and politicians to spread a Bitcoin scam.
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Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who was serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses, was pardoned Friday after Trump granted her clemency in 2018.
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Joe Budden Joe Budden, one of Spotify’s biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving the platform. He and his show will no longer be exclusive to Spotify after September 23rd, he says in his most recent episode while also seemingly suggesting it might not be available on Spotify at all. “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be,” he says. “But as it stands, I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify.” He takes the announcement as an opportunity to scorch Spotify and detail his history with the company, which, in the years since he signed his deal, has become a sizable competitor in the podcast field. He claims his show exceeded Spotify’s audience reach expectations by 900 percent to the point that his listeners... Continue reading…
Amazon reportedly told multiple podcasters in an email that the company was considering launching podcasts on its Amazon Music and Audible services. However, the company told the producers that it will only give them a platform if they don't talk badly about Amazon. One podcaster who received the email tweeted about the "content restriction," writing that "signing up requires signing away your journalistic integrity." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon reportedly communicated to multiple podcasters in an email its plans to launch podcasts on its Amazon Music and Audible streaming services, per a report from Billboard. But one stipulation of the deal is that podcasters "may not include advertising or messages that disparage or are directed against Amazon or any Service." As Pitchfork noted, one of the podcasters that Amazon emailed was Corey Quinn, the host of the AWS Morning Brief and Screaming in the Cloud podcasts. Quinn tweeted Monday night about the Amazon email, writing in part, "I'm a freaking entertainment podcast and I can't consent to that. How can any actual news podcast?!" He also wrote "signing up requires signing away your journalistic integrity." That's a standard flub, but here's where it really goes off the rails: the terms and conditions specify that podcasts will not disparage @Amazon in any way.I'm a freaking entertainment podcast and I can't consent to that. How can any actual news podcast?! pic.twitter.com/QlE23KdAv7 — HydroxyCoreyQuinn (@QuinnyPig) August 11, 2020 Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Rival streaming service Spotify has made strides into the podcasting world as of late, with a multi-year licensing deal with Joe Rogan and its acquisitions of The Ringer, Gimlet Media, and Anchor. The company also struck a deal with Kim Kardashian West for an exclusive podcast that will feature the celebrity and entrepreneur's work with the Innocence Project. Both Apple and Google also offer podcasts as part of their streaming services.SEE ALSO: Musicians are coming after Jeff Bezos over copyright concerns after the Amazon CEO told Congress he's not sure if Twitch pays royalties Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Hackers appear to have taken over several big YouTube channels in recent weeks, changing the channels' names to topics like "SpaceX" or "Elon Musk" and promoting Bitcoin scams. The hacked channels, some of which have tens or hundreds of thousands of subscribers, post videos urging people to send Bitcoin in order to be paid back double — a common scam tactic. It bears similarities to the tactics used by hackers who compromised hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts last month. Unlike the Twitter hack, there's no evidence that hackers compromised YouTube's internal tools or systems — but the hacks keep compromising big channels. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As SpaceX and NASA made history last week with their first ever spaceflight together, millions flocked to YouTube to watch astronauts return to Earth. Tens of thousands of those viewers unwittingly clicked on videos that appeared to be official SpaceX livestreams, posted by seemingly legitimate YouTube channels with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Instead, they were met with "Bitcoin giveaway" messages urging them to send Bitcoin in order to be paid back double — a common scam tactic. Hackers appear to have compromised several high-profile YouTube channels in the past week, changed the channel names to hot-button topics like SpaceX or Elon Musk, and promoted Bitcoin scams. The trend was pointed out Monday by esports commentator Rod Breslau. apparently this has been going on for at least a week and several other big international YouTube channels have also been hit the same way for live stream scams pic.twitter.com/79csc8846u — Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 4, 2020 The tactics appear similar to those employed by the hackers who compromised Twitter last month, taking over verified accounts, including Kim Kardashian's and Barack Obama's, and using them to promote Bitcoin scams. But while the Twitter breach was the result of hackers gaining access to Twitter's internal tools and systems, it's possible that each hacked YouTube channel was taken over separately, without hackers compromising YouTube's internal tools. Nonetheless, hacked channels promoting Bitcoin scams appears to be pervasive on YouTube. A YouTube spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but some hacked channels were disabled shortly after Business Insider asked YouTube about them. The channels highlighted by Breslau aren't the only ones that appear to have been compromised. As of Tuesday morning, a cursory search for "SpaceX NASA" on YouTube directed users to a live video with 36,000 viewers entitled "Elon Musk Interview from Air Warfare Symposium about SpaceX Crew Dragon & NASA 2020," posted by a channel called "Live News" with a SpaceX logo as its avatar. Those changes were made recently — the channel's social media links show that it originally belonged to a Croatian gaming YouTuber who was promoting his YouTube channel as recently as yesterday. The channel was disabled shortly after Business Insider asked YouTube about it on Tuesday. Hackers have been employing similar tactics on YouTube since at least November 2019, according to MarcoStyle, a gaming YouTuber who was hacked last year. In a video explaining the hack, MarcoStyle said his channel was compromised after he was tricked into clicking a malicious phishing link in an email. From there, hackers were able to reconfigure his channel as a "brand channel," enabling it to be managed by multiple other Google accounts. MarcoStyle said he thinks the hack could have been curtailed if YouTube required two-factor authentication for logins or to upload videos. "We really can't expect YouTube to instantly fix the mess that I created [by clicking the phishing link]," he said in the video. "That being said, I do wish YouTube had a few other security options." Sending malicious links in emails is one of the most common tactics employed by hackers. Email scams cost businesses $1.7 billion in 2019, according to the FBI, and a FireEye study found that 91% of all cybercrimes start with an email. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Graham Clark, the 17-year-old charged with orchestrating a massive Twitter hack last month, reportedly has a history of scamming people with Bitcoin. Clark faces 30 felony charges in Florida, where he is accused of taking over dozens of verified Twitter accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Kim Kardashian, to trick people into handing over money. Legal records show that Clark was previously suspected of being involved in the theft of $856,000 at age 16 but was never charged. He also reportedly built a reputation in Minecraft communities as a grifter who would frequently scam people out of their money. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New details are surfacing about the 17-year-old accused of "masterminding" last month's massive Twitter hack — and they reveal a pattern of scams dating back years. Last year, Graham Ivan Clark was the subject of a criminal investigation in which Florida prosecutors seized $15,000 and 400 Bitcoin, his lawyer said. Prosecutors ultimately did not charge Clark last year and returned the cash and 300 Bitcoin to him, worth over $3 million. The victim in that case told The New York Times that prosecutors didn't charge Clark at the time because he was still a minor. In the years before that, Clark reportedly built a reputation as a frequent scammer online, including in the online video game Minecraft. Clark's former friends told The New York Times that he would regularly demand money in exchange for in-game items, only to keep the items for himself after receiving payment. Social media posts from Clark's now-deleted Instagram account, @error, reportedly showed Clark posing with designer sneakers and a Rolex watch in recent months.  Clark faces 30 felony charges in Tampa, Florida, for his purported involvement in the Twitter hack, which compromised more than 100 accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Kim Kardashian, and posted messages encouraging people to send Bitcoin to a scammer's address. Clark's bail has been set at $725,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday. Clark is accused of collaborating with others on the Twitter hack — Mason Sheppard, 19, who lives in the United Kingdom and goes by "Chaewon," and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida, who goes by "Rolex," were both arrested in connection with the hack, the Department of Justice said.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Alleged 17-year-old mastermind among trio charged over account mass hijackings Three individuals were charged on Friday for allegedly hijacking a string of high-profile Twitter accounts after hoodwinking the social network's staff.…
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Three of the alleged perpetrators behind the July 16 Twitter hack have now been identified and charged, say prosecutors. Of the three identified by an Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice investigation, one — the alleged mastermind behind the attack — has been arrested. In case you need a quick refresher, on July 16 someone seized control of several prominent Twitter accounts and tweeted a Bitcoin wallet address, promising to give anyone who sent money to it double the amount. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. The compromised accounts include Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Apple, and Uber. According to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
A 17-year-old in Florida was arrested on Friday in connection with a major Twitter hack involving dozens of high-profile accounts. State prosecutors filed 30 charges of fraud, identity theft, and hacking against the teen, describing him as the "mastermind" of a "massive fraud." Twitter said its internal controls were improperly accessed in mid-July. Prosecutors said the hack tricked people into giving away at least $100,000 in cryptocurrency. The Department of Justice also on Friday charged two people in connection with the hack. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, was arrested on Friday in connection with the massive Twitter hack earlier this month in which dozens of high-profile accounts were hijacked as part of a cryptocurrency scam. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 charges against the 17-year-old, Graham Clark, describing him as the "mastermind" behind the hack. "These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they're not the primary victims here," Warren said in a press release. "This 'Bit-Con' was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that." Later Friday, the US Department of Justice said in a press release that it had arrested two other people in connection with the hack: Mason Sheppard, 19, who lives in the United Kingdom and goes by "Chaewon," and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida, who goes by "Rolex." In a press conference, Warren said that Clark was not facing federal charges at this point and that the state was handling prosecution because Florida law allows more flexibility when prosecuting minors. WFLA first reported on the arrest. Clark was charged with one count of organized fraud over $50,000, 17 counts of communications fraud over $300, one count of fraudulent use of personal information over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count of accessing a computer or electronic device without authority. The DOJ said Sheppard was charged with "conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer," while Fazeli was charged with "aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer." Earlier this month, hackers used Twitter's internal controls to compromise the accounts of prominent people and companies after Twitter employees were tricked into giving over access to the tools, the company said. Clark convinced a Twitter employee that he was "a coworker in the IT department," according to a court document filed Friday. The compromised accounts then tweeted that they were feeling "generous" and would match bitcoin donations. The DOJ said that generated more than 400 transfers to the scammers' cryptocurrency wallet worth more than $100,000. Complaints said victims of the hack included former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Apple, Uber, and the cryptocurrency exchanges KuCoin, Coinbase, Gemini, and Binance. The DOJ said more than 100 accounts were compromised. Warren said Clark was "not an ordinary 17-year-old" and called the hack a "highly sophisticated attack on a magnitude not seen before." He also said that the hack "could have destabilized financial markets" or "undermined American politics." Clark's mother told NBC News on Friday that she believes her son is innocent.  "I believe he didn't do it. I've spoken to him every day... I'm devastated," she told NBC News. The DOJ said "the Secret Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, the IRS, as well as our state, local and international law enforcement partners" were involved in the investigation and arrests. "We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly," Twitter said in a tweet Friday. A representative for Warren's office said Clark had not yet been assigned an attorney, according to their records. SEE ALSO: Security pros say the Twitter hack highlights how a simple combination of phishing and 'insider threats' is the biggest security risk companies need to worry about Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
Twitter published an update on its investigation into the highly visible hack it suffered earlier this month. It says the hack began with a "phone spear phishing attack" on a small number of employees. The attackers used these initial employees' credentials to learn more about Twitter's processes, and then target more employees with higher levels of access to internal tools. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The hack that landed Twitter in the headlines earlier this month appears to have started with a phone call. Twitter on Thursday published an update on its investigation into the hack that took place on July 15, when hackers gained access to 130 accounts and tweeted links to a bitcoin scam from high-profile accounts including those belonging to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, and more. Twitter said the hack started with a "phone spear phishing attack" on a small number of employees. Spear phishing is a targeted attack on specific individuals or an organization, which involves deceiving someone into thinking you're a member of the target's company, or someone else they trust. It seems the hackers were able to talk at least some of the employees into telling them their credentials. "A successful attack required the attackers to obtain access to both our internal network as well as specific employee credentials that granted them access to our internal support tools. Not all of the employees that were initially targeted had permissions to use account management tools, but the attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes. This knowledge then enabled them to target additional employees who did have access to our account support tools," Twitter wrote in its blog. Reports emerged shortly after the hack that the hackers had gained access to an internal employee dashboard which allowed them to change the emails associated with accounts and reset their passwords. "Using the credentials of employees with access to these tools, the attackers targeted 130 Twitter accounts, ultimately Tweeting from 45, accessing the DM inbox of 36, and downloading the Twitter Data of 7," the company added. Previously Twitter said up to 8 accounts had had their data downloaded by the hackers.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
Two and a half years ago, Kim Kardashian received an extremely thoughtful gift from her rap icon husband Kanye West: a collection of five stocks apparently worth $500,000. Turns out Kardashian’s bundle of shares, which included Disney, Netflix, Apple, Adidas, and Amazon, is now worth nearly $1 million, performance that puts Warren Buffett’s flagship firm Berkshire Hathaway to absolute shame. Kardashian’s portfolio eclipsed major indexes like the S&P 500 (SPY) and the NASDAQ 100 (NDX) in a big way — despite the latter setting new price records in 2020. [Read: 84K Robinhood traders at risk of ‘bagholding’ after Kanye threatens GAP] Even Bitcoin… This story continues at The Next Web
Elon Musk's Twitter account was hacked alongside dozens of celebrity accounts earlier in July. The Tesla CEO told The New York Times he became aware of the hack within minutes because friends texted him. He directly rang Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to alert him. "Probably within less than five minutes my account was locked," Musk said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Elon Musk's Twitter account was hacked as part of a coordinated attack on dozens of high-profile accounts on July 15, the Tesla billionaire hotlined it straight to Twitter's CEO. The attack was highly visible as accounts belonging to dozens of celebrities and public figures including Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Kim Kardashian started tweeting links to a bitcoin scam, promising followers that if they sent money to a bitcoin wallet the celebrity in question would send back double the amount. In an interview with The New York Times published Saturday, Elon Musk — himself a prolific Twitter user with roughly 37 million followers — described how he learned about the hack and said immediately rang Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Musk said he rang Dorsey as soon as his account tweeted out the bitcoin scam. "Within a few minutes of the post coming up, I immediately got texts from a bunch of people I know, then I immediately called Jack [Dorsey] so probably within less than five minutes my account was locked," he said. Musk also told The Times he was unwell when the hack occurred. "I think I had food poisoning or something, so you throw up incredibly violently with food poisoning. So I was kind of ill during a lot of it, the Twitter takeover. But I think it's good anyway to take a few breaks from Twitter and not be on there 24 hours a day. Twitter can mess with your mind," he said. Since the hack occurred Twitter has determined the hackers were able to view the private direct messages of 36 out of the total 130 accounts which were affected during the breach. When asked by the Times whether he was worried whether the hackers could have seen his private Twitter messages, Musk seemed unperturbed. "I'm not that concerned about my DMs being made public. I mean, we can probably cherry-pick some section of my DMs that sound bad out of context but overall my DMs mostly consist of swapping memes," said Musk.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Kanye West has publicly apologised to Kim Kardashian West for making a series of claims about his wife and her family.In recent days, Kanye – who last month made headlines when he reiterated his intent to run for US president in 2020 – has caused concern with a number of tweets, as well as controversial comments he made at a rally of his in Charleston, South Carolina.On Wednesday, Kim called for “compassion and empathy” in a lengthy statement addressing her husband’s bipolar disorder, saying she hoped doing so could challenge the stigma around mental health.Following a difficult week for the music star, Kanye has now tweeted an apology.“I would like to apologise to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me,” he tweeted.“To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.”I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter.I did not cover her like she has covered https://t.co/A2FwdMu0YU Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.— ye (@kanyewest) July 25, 2020The apology comes after Kim, the mother of Kanye’s four children, said she and her family were “powerless” to intervene and addressed his bipolar disorder publicly for the first time.She said: “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder.”She added that she has not discussed his condition before because she is “very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health”.She added: “But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”READ MORE: 9 Ways You Can Support Someone With Bipolar Disorder Kim Kardashian Calls For Compassion And Empathy As She Addresses Husband Kanye West's Mental Health Kanye West Trudges On With Presidency Bid, Despite Rumours He'd Already Bowed Out Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected] Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.
Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine, regular ice baths, and a penchant for dating models. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and Square, and activist investor Elliott Management has threatened to oust him from Twitter. Dorsey is now on damage control following a massive July 15 hack on Twitter that compromised more than 100 accounts, including those of Elon Musk and Barack Obama.  A lawmaker is calling for Dorsey to join his fellow tech leaders of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook in an antitrust hearing designed to investigate the firms' monopolistic grip of the market. Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. From fighting armies of bots to quashing rumors about sending his beard hair to rapper Azealia Banks, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey leads an unusual life of luxury. Dorsey has had a turbulent career in Silicon Valley. After cofounding Twitter in 2006, he was booted as the company's CEO two years later, but returned in 2015 having set up his second company, Square. Since then, he has led the company through the techlash that has engulfed social media companies, at one point testifying before Congress alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. His latest threat comes from Elliott Management, an activist investor seeking Dorsey's removal from Twitter, per Bloomberg reporting. The firm holds substantial stock in Twitter and four board seats. And on July 15, hackers compromised 130 Twitter accounts, including those of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Kanye West, in a bitcoin scam. The hack exposed the security risks of the platform, and now a lawmaker is calling upon Dorsey to appear in an upcoming antitrust hearing that will feature the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Dorsey has elsewhere provoked his fair share of controversy and criticism, extolling fasting and ice baths as part of his daily routine. His existence is not entirely spartan, however. Like some other billionaires, he owns a stunning house, dates models, and drives fast cars. Scroll on to read more about the fabulous life of Jack Dorsey. Rebecca Borison and Madeline Stone contributed reporting to an earlier version of this story.SEE ALSO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the company will build support for a more remote workforce as concentrating employees in San Francisco 'is not serving us any longer' Dorsey began programming while attending Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis. At age 15, Dorsey wrote dispatch software that is still used by some taxi companies. Source: Bio. When he wasn't checking out specialty electronics stores or running a fantasy football league for his friends, Dorsey frequently attended punk-rock concerts. These days Dorsey doesn't favour the spiky hairdo. Source: The Wall Street Journal Like many of his fellow tech billionaires, Dorsey never graduated college. He briefly attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology and transferred to New York University before calling it quits. Source: Bio. In 2000, Dorsey built a simple prototype that let him update his friends on his life via BlackBerry and email messaging. Nobody else really seemed interested, so he put away the idea for a bit. Source: The Unofficial Stanford Blog Fun fact: Jack Dorsey is also a licensed masseur. He got his license in about 2002, before exploding onto the tech scene. Sources: The Wall Street Journal He got a job at a podcasting company called Odeo, where he met his future Twitter cofounders. Odeo went out of business in 2006, so Dorsey returned to his messaging idea, and Twitter was born. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey posted the first tweet. Dorsey kept his Twitter handle simple, "@jack." Dorsey and his cofounders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, bought the Twitter domain name for roughly $7,000. Dorsey took out his nose ring to look the part of a CEO. He was 30 years old. A year later, Dorsey was already less hands-on at Twitter. By 2008, Williams had taken over as CEO, and Dorsey transitioned to chairman of Twitter's board. Dorsey immediately got started on new projects. He invested in Foursquare and launched a payments startup called Square that lets small-business owners accept credit card payments through a smartphone attachment. Sources: Twitter and Bio. In 2011, Dorsey got the chance to interview US President Barack Obama in the first Twitter Town Hall. Dorsey had to remind Obama to keep his replies under 140 characters, Twitter's limit at the time. Source: Twitter Twitter went public in November 2013, and within hours Dorsey was a billionaire. In 2014 Forbes pegged Dorsey's net worth at $2.2 billion. As of March of this year he was worth roughly $5.1 billion. Source: Bio. and Forbes It was revealed in a 2019 filing that Dorsey earned just $1.40 for his job as Twitter CEO the previous year. The $1.40 salary actually represented a pay rise for Dorsey, who in previous years had refused any payment at all. He's far from the only Silicon Valley mogul to take a measly salary, Mark Zuckerberg makes $1 a year as CEO of Facebook. Dorsey does, however, hold Twitter shares worth $557 million at the time of the filing. Source: Business Insider He might have been worth more had he not given back 10% of his stock to Square. This helped Square employees, giving them more equity and stock options. It was also helpful in acquiring online food-delivery startup Caviar. Sources: Business Insider and Caviar With his newfound wealth, he bought a BMW 3 Series, but reportedly doesn't drive it often. "Now he's able to say, like, 'The BMW is the only car I drive, because it's the best automotive engineering on the planet,' or whatever," Twitter cofounder Biz Stone told The New Yorker in 2013. Source: The New Yorker He also reportedly paid $9.9 million for this seaside house on El Camino Del Mar in the exclusive Seacliff neighborhood of San Francisco. The house has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which Dorsey views as a marvel of design. Source: Business Insider He works from home one day a week. In an interview with journalist Kara Swisher conducted over Twitter, Dorsey said he works every Tuesday out of his kitchen. He also told Kara Swisher that Elon Musk is his favourite Twitter user. Dorsey said Musk's tweets are, "focused on solving existential problems and sharing his thinking openly." He added that he enjoys all the "ups and downs" that come with Musk's sometimes unpredictable use of the site. Musk himself replied, tweeting his thanks and "Twitter rocks!" followed by a string of random emojis. Source: Business Insider Facebook CEO and rival Mark Zuckerberg once served Jack Dorsey a goat he killed himself. Dorsey told Rolling Stone about the meal, which took place in 2011. Dorsey said the goat was served cold, and that he personally stuck to salad. Source: Rolling Stone His eating habits have raised eyebrows. Appearing on a podcast run by a health guru who previously said that vaccines caused autism, Dorsey said he eats one meal a day and fasts all weekend. He said the first time he tried fasting it made him feel like he was hallucinating. "It was a weird state to be in. But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how — the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down," he said. The comments drew fierce criticism from many who said Dorsey was normalizing eating disorders. In a later interview with Wired Dorsey said he eats seven meals a week, "just dinner." Sources: Business Insider, The New Statesman In the early days of Twitter, Dorsey aspired to be a fashion designer. Dorsey would regularly don leather jackets and slim suits by Prada and Hermès, as well as Dior Homme reverse-collar dress shirts, a sort of stylish take on the popped collar. More recently he favours edgier outfits, including the classic black turtleneck favoured by Silicon Valley luminaries like Steve Jobs. Sources: CBS News and The Wall Street Journal He also re-introduced the nose-ring and grew a beard. Dorsey seems to care less about looking the part of a traditional CEO these days. Singer Azealia Banks claimed to have been sent clippings of Dorsey's beard hair to fashion into a protective amulet, although Dorsey denied this happened. In 2016 Banks posted on her now-deleted Twitter account that Dorsey sent her his hair, "in an envelope." Dorsey later told the HuffPo that the beard-posting incident never happened. Sources: Business Insider and HuffPo Dorsey frequently travels the world and shares his photos with his 4 million Twitter followers. On his travels, Dorsey meets heads of state, including Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Source: Twitter Tweets about his vacation in Myanmar also provoked an outcry. Dorsey tweeted glowingly about a vacation he took to Myanmar for his birthday in December 2018. "If you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar," he said. This came at the height of the Rohingya crisis, and Dorsey was attacked for his blithe promotion of the country — especially since social media platforms were accused of having been complicit in fuelling hatred towards the Rohingya. Source: Business Insider However, Dorsey says he doesn't care about "looking bad." In a bizarre Huffington Post interview, Dorsey was asked whether Donald Trump — an avid tweeter — could be removed from the platform if he called on his followers to murder a journalist. Dorsey gave a vague answer which drew sharp criticism. Following the interview's publication, Dorsey said he doesn't care about "looking bad." "I care about being open about how we're thinking and about what we see," he said. In September 2018, Jack Dorsey was grilled by lawmakers alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Dorsey and Sandberg were asked about election interference on Twitter and Facebook as well as alleged anti-conservative bias in social media companies. Source: Business Insider During the hearing, Dorsey shared a snapshot of his spiking heart rate on Twitter. Dorsey was in the hot seat for several hours. His heart rate peaked at 109 beats per minute. Source: Business Insider When he's not in Washington, Dorsey regularly hops in and out of ice baths and saunas. Dorsey said in the "Tales of the Crypt" podcast that he started using ice baths and saunas in the evenings around 2016. He will alternately sit in his barrel sauna for 15 minutes and then switch to an ice bath for three. He repeats this routine three times, before finishing it off with a one-minute ice bath. He also likes to take an icy dip in the mornings to wake him up. Source: CNBC Dorsey's dating life has sparked intrigue. In 2018, he was reported to be dating Sports Illustrated model Raven Lyn Corneil. Page Six reported in September last year that the pair were spotted together at the Harper's Bazaar Icons party during New York Fashion Week. Page Six also reported that Dorsey's exes included actress Lily Cole and ballet dancer Sofiane Sylve. Source: Page Six He's a big believer in cryptocurrency, frequently tweeting about its virtues. In particular, Dorsey is a fan of Bitcoin, which he described in early 2019 as "resilient" and "principled." He told the "Tales of the Crypt" podcast in March that he was maxing out the $10,000 weekly spending limit on Square's Cash App buying up Bitcoin. Source: Business Insider and CNBC   At the end of 2019 Dorsey said he would move to Africa for at least three months in 2020. Dorsey's announcement followed a tour of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. "Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I'll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020," he tweeted. Dorsey then came under threat of being ousted as Twitter CEO by activist investor Elliott Management. Both Bloomberg and CNBC reported in late February 2020 that major Twitter investor Elliott Management — led by Paul Singer — was seeking to replace Dorsey.  Reasons given included the fact that Dorsey splits his time between two firms by acting as CEO to both Twitter and financial tech firm Square, as well as his planned move to Africa. Source: Business Insider Tesla CEO and frequent Twitter user Elon Musk weighed in on the news, throwing his support behind Dorsey. "Just want to say that I support @jack as Twitter CEO," Musk tweeted, adding that Dorsey has a good heart using the heart emoji. Source: Business Insider Dorsey managed to strike a truce with Elliott Management. Twitter announced on March 9 that it had reached a deal with Elliott Management which would leave Jack Dorsey in place as CEO. The deal included a $1 billion investment from private equity firm Silver Lake, and partners from both Elliott Management and Silver Lake joined Twitter's board. Patrick Pichette, lead independent director of Twitter's board, said he was "confident we are on the right path with Jack's leadership," but added that a new temporary committee would be formed to instruct the board's evaluation of Twitter's leadership. On April 7, Dorsey announced that he was forming a new charity fund that would help in global relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dorsey said he would pour $1 billion of his own Square equity into the fund, or roughly 28% of his total wealth.  The fund, dubbed Start Small LLC, will first focus on helping in the fight against the coronavirus disease, which has spread across the globe and infected more than 1.3 million people. The CEO said he will be making all transactions on behalf of the fund public in a spreadsheet. On July 15, hackers compromised 130 Twitter accounts in a bitcoin scam. The accounts of high-profile verified accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian West, and others were hacked, with attackers tweeting out posts asking users to send payment in bitcoin to fraudulent cryptocurrency addresses. As a solution, Twitter temporarily blocked all verified accounts — those with blue check marks on their profiles — but the damage was done.     The hack is one of the largest of its kind in Twitter's history. The site's apparent vulnerability to security breaches prompted Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan to ask for Dorsey to join an upcoming antitrust hearing. It's unclear if he will attend the hearing, which is designed to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have engaged in anti-competitive business practices to maintain their dominance of the market.
The company did, however, gain users during the second quarter.
We’ve come a long way in recent years when it comes to talking about mental health ― but there remains so, so much more people need to learn.The proof is in the Twitter discourse occurring this week about Kanye West’s mental health. The artist, who in 2018 revealed he has bipolar disorder, held a rally in South Carolina over the weekend where he made a series of comments about slavery and abortion.He has since posted a string of tweets, some of them seemingly addressing his family’s concern over his emotional wellbeing. West said his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and mother-in-law Kris Jenner “tried to fly in with 2 doctors to 51/50 me” (referring to the law for the temporary and involuntary psychiatric hold of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness.) That tweet and many others have since been deleted.West isn’t the only celebrity whose mental health has become a matter of public discussion lately. People also continue to speculate about Britney Spears’ well-being on her Instagram posts, where many users in comments continuously hurl insults about her mental health. While many people ― including celebrities ― posted well-intentioned thoughts on social media about West and Spears, others took the opportunity to meme and joke about their behaviour. Terms like “crazy” and “insane” are being thrown around.The posts were uninformed at best, heartless and ignorant at worst.The urge people have to post commentary on what’s happening in the world is a main reason Twitter, Instagram and other platforms exist. However, that impulse shouldn’t include a permission slip to be devoid of all compassion ― especially when it comes to mental health. Belittling mental illness to a meme or a quip on Twitter doesn’t make you funny, it makes you a jerk.An estimated 1 in 5 people experience a mental health condition in any one year (but given the global health crisis we’re in, who knows ― there could be an uptick in that). The stigma surrounding mental illness, especially serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, often prevents people from seeking proper help. Disparaging remarks about a celebrity’s mental state on social media only intensify that stigma.So if you feel compelled to comment on a public figure’s mental health in the future (or anyone’s for that matter), here’s a guide to consider before posting:Don’t automatically equate certain behaviours with a person’s mental health statusSomeone can make misogynistic, racist or absurd comments and not have a mental health issue. Someone can make them and also live with a mental illness.“I want everyone to know that not all erratic behaviour means there’s a mental health concern. And some folks who appear ‘fine’ are living with mental health diagnoses,” said Racine Henry, a therapist and owner of Sankofa Marriage and Family Therapy in New York.“Sometimes people do things without rhyme or reason and that is literally human nature,” Henry continued. “If you’re going to speak on mental health without knowing the topic intimately, you’re in no position to judge a complete stranger, no matter how many of their records you’ve bought or how long you’ve followed them on Instagram.”Don’t diagnoseMost mental health professionals abide by the Goldwater Rule, which is an ethical standard designed to prevent therapists from diagnosing people who are not their patients, especially in the public. If these experts won’t make a conclusion about someone’s condition from afar, those just observing from outside of the mental health field shouldn’t either.Not only that, you can be easily deceived by what you think you might be “witnessing,” Henry said.“I want everyone to know that mental health diagnoses look very different than what you are assuming or even what you may have experienced personally or with someone you know,” Henry said. “It’s impossible to compare because the rules don’t apply across the board. Even when we make diagnoses as professionals, we rely on standard criteria but we also know people don’t fit neatly into categories.” Avoid stigmatising languageWords hold power. Using terms like “crazy,” “insane,” “overmedicated,” etc. in a casual manner can perpetuate negative stereotypes of mental illness. And those imprecise terms ignore the very real health problems someone might be experiencing.“Labelling anyone is harmful because it minimises and dismisses their pain. Even among mental health professionals, those words are taboo and problematic,” Henry said. “Part of the problem we have with mental health as a society is that we talk about it and treat it as though it’s not germane to our overall health and wellbeing.”“Nobody is crazy or insane,” Henry added. “There are people with mental illnesses and there are people with mental health diagnoses. All of whom deserve respect, adequate treatment and for their dignity to be observed.”Learn from and lean on experts“If you’re going to say something, do your research,” Henry said. “Better yet, listen to the actual professionals who have the training and experience to have the conversation.”There are plenty of mental health professionals on social media who you can amplify during these types of conversations (here are a few accounts to start with). Educate yourself and your followers through their words and guidance.Share resourcesMental health issues are invisible illnesses that can affect anyone, including your friends, family and followers ― whether or not you know it. So make comments like someone you love will read it. If you want to positively contribute to the conversation, try sharing mental health resources or stories about your own experiences. It also would be helpful to post crisis lines, guides on how to find affordable therapy or other outlets where people can get help.Don’t blame anyoneIn West’s case, some shifted the blame to Kardashian West for not getting him help or controlling the situation. Others chastised West for not accepting help.“We need to stop placing blame on the people around them and the person in question, as well,” Henry said. “Mental illness is nobody’s fault and nobody can control another human being.”You can also just ... not hit postIf you can’t do any of the above, this is a good option. HuffPost editor Phil Lewis summed it up best:If you don't really know what you're talking about re: mental health, it's okay to not tweet. really— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 21, 2020Henry also underscored this point. “I think it’s better to not comment, in most cases,” she said. “We don’t know what that person struggles with every day. We don’t know what their traumas are, even though we assume to know everything about public figures and we don’t know what kind of progress they are making.”When in doubt, log off, take care of your own mental health and be kind. Related... What Drinking On An Empty Stomach Does To Your Body Joe Wicks Gets Emotional As He Hosts Final YouTube PE Class: 'It’s A Sad Day But I’m So Proud' You Can Still Burn Out While Working From Home. These Are The Signs Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected] Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.
Kim Kardashian West has called for “compassion and empathy” in a statement addressing her husband Kanye West’s mental health for the first time.On Wednesday afternoon, Kim posted a lengthy statement on her Instagram story, in which she spoke about Kanye’s bipolar disorder, claiming she hoped doing so could challenge the stigma around mental health.“As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder,” Kim wrote. “Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”Kim continued: “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.“People who are unaware or far removed from the experience can be judgemental and not understand that the individual themselves [has] to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.“I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a Black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder.“Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions.” Kim concluded: “We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it most.“I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well-being and for your understanding.”In recent days, Kanye – who last month made headlines when he reiterated his intent to run for US president in 2020 – has caused concern with a number of tweets, as well as controversial comments he made at a rally of his in Charleston, South Carolina.The Grammy-winning musician first spoke publicly about his bipolar diagnosis on his album Ye, released in 2018.Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected] Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.READ MORE: Kanye West Says He's No Longer A Trump Supporter In New Interview About Presidential Hopes Sharon Osbourne Left Unimpressed By Kanye West's Twitter Post About Kim K's Billionaire Status People With Bipolar Disorder Share What Kanye West's Interview Means To Them
Twitter is still piecing together information about a massive hack last week that compromised 130 accounts and ground the site to a halt for hours. The hack's unprecedented scope initially gave rise to theories that it was carried out by a sophisticated nation-state actor, but it now appears it was conducted by young, less-experienced hackers. New details about the scope of the hack came to light over the weekend, with Twitter disclosing that hackers also stole data from eight of the compromised accounts. Meanwhile, lawmakers, cybersecurity experts, the FBI, and current Twitter employees are still trying to piece together exactly what happened. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the dust settles from one of the biggest hacks in Twitter's history last week, investigators inside and outside the company are still trying to understand what happened. The hack compromised some of the most prominent accounts on Twitter last Wednesday, including Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk. The compromised accounts repeatedly posted fraudulent messages urging people to send bitcoin to a specific address. After more than two hours of mayhem, Twitter stopped the messages by blocking all verified accounts from posting tweets. But damage to the company's reputation was already done, and Twitter saw $1.3 billion in market value wiped out in premarket trading the next day. Twitter disclosed new findings about the hack in a blog post published over the weekend. It said that 130 accounts were accessed by the hackers in total, and added that the perpetrators downloaded data from eight of those accounts. "We're embarrassed, we're disappointed, and more than anything, we're sorry," the company said in the blog post Saturday. "We know that we must work to regain your trust, and we will support all efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice." But Twitter has not yet publicly identified who might have been behind the hack. It's now the subject of investigations launched by the FBI and New York State regulators. Congressional lawmakers have also sent questions to Twitter demanding more information about the nature of the attack. Looming unanswered questions include how the hackers gained access to the Twitter accounts, the hackers' motives, and whether Twitter has patched the vulnerabilities in question. Hackers appear to have pilfered over $100,000 through bitcoin sent to the wallet linked in the fraudulent tweets, but cybersecurity experts noted that hackers could have leveraged far more money if they had used compromised accounts in other ways, like playing the stock market. Experts have also questioned whether another attack could be imminent. How the hack might have happened Theories are still swirling about the specifics of the hack, but a few central facts have come into focus in the days that followed. For one, it seems clear that hackers took over the accounts after gaining access to an internal dashboard meant for Twitter employees. The tool, the existence of which was first reported by Motherboard, apparently allowed hackers to take over accounts by changing their associated email addresses without notifying their owners. And screenshots obtained by security researchers and shared with Business Insider show people discussing the internal tools in hacker forums in the days leading up to the attack. One person posted in the forum claiming that they could change the email address of any Twitter account for prices ranging from $250 to $3,000. Twitter said last week that hackers targeted Twitter employees with a "social engineering" scheme in order to gain access to the internal dashboard, but it's not clear whether or not a Twitter employee was aware of hackers' plans prior to the hack. Hundreds of Twitter employees have access to the tools in question, former employees told CNN. Since then, reports have suggested that the people discussing the hacks on the forums were relatively unsophisticated hackers. The New York Times reported Friday that the hack was carried out by a group of young people, citing interviews with people involved in the hack. Security researcher Brian Krebs traced the identity of one of the forum posts to a 21-year-old British man who may have been involved in the hack. It's still unclear whether Twitter has adequately patched the vulnerability in order to prevent a similar hack in the future. Twitter said its "next steps" include securing its systems and rolling out company-wide training to guard against social engineering schemes, and the company promised transparency as investigations into the hack continue. "Through all of this, we also begin the long work of rebuilding trust with the people who use and depend on Twitter," the company said. Are you a Twitter employee with insight to share? Contact this reporter at (706) 347-1880 or [email protected], using a non-work device. Open DMs on Twitter at @aaronpholmes. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.SEE ALSO: What's keeping Trump's Twitter from being hacked? A White House digital fortress — and perhaps some special help from Twitter Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
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