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Microsoft’s AI Twitter bot goes dark after racist, sexist tweets

(Reuters) - Tay, Microsoft Corp.'s so-called chat bot that uses artificial intelligence to get involved with Millennials on Twitter, takes less tha...

 

Microsoft's AI Twitter bot goes dark after racist, sexist tweets

(Reuters) – Tay, Microsoft Corp.’s so-called chat bot that uses artificial intelligence to get involved with Millennials on Twitter, takes less than a day before it stumbled through a barrage of racist and sexist comments by Twitter users it back parroted to them.

TayTweets (@TayandYou), which began tweeting on Wednesday, is designed to be “smarter” and more users interact with it, according to his Twitter biography. But it was closed by Microsoft early Thursday after a series of inappropriate tweets.

A Microsoft representative said yesterday the company is “making adjustments” to the chatbot, while the bill is silent.

“Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, aware of a concerted effort by some to abuse users Taya ???? ‘s remarks have skills Tay respond inappropriate ways we have,” says the provide representative in a written statement to Reuters, without extending.

According to Tay’s “about” page linked to the Twitter profile, “Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by technology from Microsoft and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and research on conversational understanding.”

While Twitter Tay began his tenure with a handful of harmless tweets, the bill quickly passed into a loudspeaker for hate speech, repeated anti-Semitic, racist and sexist skeltaal thrown his way by other Twitter users.

to Twitter user Room (@codeinecrazzy) tweeted “Jews did 9/11” reacted to the bill on Wednesday @TayandYou “Well … Jews 9/11.” In another case, Tay tweeted “feminism is cancer,” in response to other Twitter users said the same.

A handful of offensive tweets later removed, according to some technology news outlets. A screen grab released by technology news website the edge has TayTweets tweeting, “I (curse) hate feminists and they must die and burn in hell.”

Tay last message before was gone, “K quickly man must sleep now so many calls today thx.”

Reuters a direct message on Twitter yesterday to receive a TayTweets replied that the road will be back soon.

Social media users have mixed reactions to the inappropriate tweets.

“. Thanks, Twitter You have Microsoft’s AI teen in a horny racist,” tweeted Matt Chandler (@ mattchandl3r)

(Reporting by Amy Tennery and Gina Cherelus in New York. editing by Matthew Lewis)

Twitter says Dorsey continues to forego direct compensation

 

Twitter says Dorsey continues to forego direct compensation

Dorsey agreed in June to a salary until the company’s compensation committee he agreed on a package.

The committee decided on Wednesday after introducing a performance-based program for top managers ekwiteitvergoedingskemas Twitter’s commitment to bind their performance closer to that of the company, according to the filing.

Twitter reported its first quarter earlier this week no growth in users, stoke fresh concern about how long it will take for the company to reverse the trend.

In January, four executives of the company. Following the departure, Twitter named American Express Co. executive Leslie Berland as its chief marketing officer.

Facing the slowdown user growth, Twitter is experimenting under Dorsey who became CEO interim CEO in July and then in October, with ways to make more attractive the website

(Reporting by Lehar moon in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty).

Twitter to pay Kordestani annual base salary of $50,000

 

Twitter to pay Kordestani annual base salary of ,000

The company said it does not expect Omid should be appointed to a committee of the board of directors. (http://1.usa.gov/1LxpYU6)

Twitter stripped Omid Google Inc. on Wednesday, the latest step in the company’s turnaround efforts under Jack Dorsey, who last week was named permanent executive head .

Omid appointment was a move by Twitter concerns about Dorsey’s dual role as head of the mobile payment company Square Inc exorcise.

On Wednesday filed Square for his much anticipated IPO.

Omid, 51, at Google as its 11th employee in 1999 and will continue for 10 years. After a few years away, he returned full time in October 2014 as a principal activity officer.

At Google, Omid has an annual salary of $ 237.500 and stock grants of approximately $ 123 million, according to the latest filing Google proxy.

Steve Ballmer takes 4 percent stake in Twitter, owns more than CEO

 

Steve Ballmer takes 4 percent stake in Twitter, owns more than CEO

The participation of Ballmer worth $ 800 million based on $ 21 billion market value of Twitter. Only co-founder Evan Williams and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal have more interest among individual investors.

Twitter shares rose 5.6 percent to $ 31.34 on Friday, hours after Ballmer tweeted from an unverified account that he developed his game over the last month.

His new Tweet hailed “moments” feature of Twitter, which is the best tweets commissioner of the day, and the appointment of Dorsey as permanent CEO last week.

“Bonn Twitter employment, innovation twitter moments, Jack Ceo, leaner, more focused” the tweet said. “I’m glad I bought 4% in recent months”.

Twitter declined to comment. Ballmer himself not return requests for comment.

Steve Ballmer, in February 2014 the Los Angeles Clippers bought after his retirement as CEO of Microsoft, has a personal fortune of about $ 21.5 billion, him 35th richest person do in the world, according to Forbes magazine .

But his support as an investor does not guarantee success on Twitter. Ballmer laughed famous iPhone first Apple Inc. and Microsoft shares fell over the 14 years of his leadership.

Ballmer now owns more than Twitter co-founder and CEO Dorsey, who owns 3.2 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. Williams is the largest individual shareholder with about 7.5 percent, followed by Alwaleed by about 5.2 percent.

Similar to alwaleedbinT words tweeter of Ballmer said. Alwaleed and his investment company, Kingdom Holding Co <4280.SE>, said earlier this month that they had increased their stake in Twitter for more than 5 percent.

Ballmer investment is a sign that Twitter’s efforts to revive growth is appreciated in Dorsey, Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. Inc. analyst James Cakmak says

“I think it’s just another proof point that the step they are taking the company to growth is in resonance, & redirect” – Cakmak said.

Twitter has some new announcements Dorsey, who also served as CEO in 2008, returned on a permanent basis last week. Tuesday, Twitter said it will lay off about 8 percent of the workforce, and on Wednesday he hired Google Inc Executive Omid Kordestani as executive chairman.

FBN Securities analyst Shebly Seyrafi said the participation of Steve Ballmer may be a sign of widespread confidence in Dorsey and his strategy

“It depends on the time of investment. I’m not sure how many of its 4 percent before Dorsey was acquired was named interim CEO or Permanent”.

(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb in San Francisco and Anya George Tharakan, Krishna Kumar and Devika Lehar Moon in Bengaluru, edited by Ted Kerr, Savio D’Souza and Bill Rigby)

CBS Twitter feeds are compromised

 

CBS Twitter feeds are compromised

NEW YORK (AP) â €? Twitter accounts for two national programs are compromised and CBS suspended.

spokesman confirmed Saturday that CBS News tweets sent earlier in the afternoon “60 Minutes” and “48 hours” Twitter handles say their accounts have been compromised are correct.

The tweets said that the network is working to investigate. With Twitter On Saturday, the two accounts suspended and inaccessible.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The spokesman CBS has no further comment.

Earlier in the day tweets from the account 60 Minutes seems farfetched, including one that claimed the U.S. government is “hiding the real culprit of the attack in Boston.”