(DailyVantage.com) – Billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed that US government agencies had access to private messages on the social network before he took over the company in 2022.
During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, which aired on April 17, Musk said he was shocked by “the degree to which various government agencies” had “full access” to everything at Twitter when took over the company following his $44 billion purchase late last year.
Asked whether the agencies had access to private direct messages between users on the social network, Musk revealed that they did.
Carlson highlighted the significance of the revelation, pointing out that almost every major government official, head of state, politician, and journalist was active on Twitter and that they had therefore potentially had their private correspondence monitored by US government agencies. The Fox News host said it was “unbelievable” that the agencies were given such power and compared it to a surveillance “honeytrap”.
In January 2018, several Twitter employees boasted to an undercover Project Veritas journalist that they could read users’ private messages, including messages of an intimate nature. However, in a statement following Project Veritas’ report, Twitter denied snooping on private messages.
During Monday’s interview with Carlson, Musk, a co-founder of the artificial intelligence company OpenAI, also alleged that tech developers were training artificial intelligence “to lie” and to withhold factual information.
Musk warned that artificial intelligence was a more dangerous technology than poorly-designed aircraft or automobiles and claimed that it had the potential to destroy civilization.
The billionaire has previously warned about the risk of artificial intelligence and signed an open letter in March 2023 calling for a halt to development of AI more complex than OpenAI’s GPT-4.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who admitted in March that he was “scared” of his own AI technology, dismissed the open letter and claimed it lacked the “technical nuance” necessary for a widespread pause of the AI development race.
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