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Elon Musk tells Tucker Carlson that the U.S. government was able to read the direct messages of Twitter users

In a recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said that the U.S. government could read all Twitter users' private messages.

The Hill says that during a recent in-depth interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Twitter CEO Elon Musk shockingly said that the U.S. government has "full access" to the private direct messages of Twitter users. The multibillionaire businessman talked about how worried he was about the risks of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could affect the future of humanity. He also said he was shocked by how much the government was watching him.

During the chat, Musk talked about how he felt when he found out that the government had access to Twitter. "I couldn't believe how much the government was able to see everything that was going on on Twitter," Musk told Carlson. "I didn't know that." Carlson asked Musk if this also applied to direct texts, to which Musk gave a firm "Yes."

Musk, who just recently started the AI company X.AI, talked more about what worries him about the latest developments in AI technology. He stressed that AI is much more dangerous than problems like bad aircraft design, upkeep, or production, or bad car production, and that it could destroy humanity. Musk went on to explain his point of view by saying, "It has the potential to destroy civilization, no matter how small you think that chance is. It is not a trivial possibility."
Elon Musk Says U.S. Govt 'Had Full Access' To Private Twitter DMs
The business owner also gave a word of warning about how quickly AI is improving: "The speed at which AI is improving is something that society should pay close attention to. It's very important that we make rules and laws so that nothing terrible happens."

The interview also talked about problems between Musk's Twitter and National Public Radio (NPR), a news group that doesn't make money. Twitter put a "state-affiliated media" label on some media sites that get some money from the government. In response, NPR said last week that it would stop posting on the social media site.

The "state-affiliated" label was later taken off Twitter and changed with "government funded" after the move got a lot of negative feedback. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre defended NPR's position as an independent news organization. She said, "Anyone who follows their coverage can see that they are, in fact, an independent news organization. Their drive to fair reporting and honesty as journalists are proof of their independence."

Musk's claims that the government can read Twitter users' direct messages and his worries about the dangers of AI show how important it is to keep talking about privacy, technology, and how it affects society.

Read more at the Hill here.

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