Musician Grimes called out Twitter’s “public mental health issues” just days after her longtime boyfriend Elon Musk announced that he had reached an agreement to buy the social media platform for $44 billion.
Speaking on Friday on MIT researcher Lex Fridman’s podcast, the Canadian-born singer said that despite her concerns about some “issues” with the platform, she remains a heavy user and even admitted to having “fake Twitter accounts” in the past. created to debate with people about topics she felt she couldn’t engage in on her Blue Check verified account.
“I like going into different algorithmic bubbles to try and understand,” she told the computer scientist. “I’ll keep arguing with people and realizing we’re not actually arguing.”
The “problem” she seemed to take up with the platform appeared to stem from concerns about misunderstandings on the site being inflated disproportionately, at one point comparing it to people using other linguistic dialects.
“There are different dialects of English now, I realize … there are people saying exactly the same things, but they use completely different expressions, and we punish each other for not using the right expression,” she said.
“I think there’s a lot of public mental health issues with Twitter,” she continued while speaking with the artificial intelligence researcher, without going so far as to directly blast the company that first started her ex Musk had announced a few days earlier would buy. “But honestly, given my closeness to current dramas, I feel like I shouldn’t have an opinion on it, because if Elon gets Twitter, that’s the arbiter of truth or public discussion.”
The Vancouver-born musician, whose real name is Claire Boucher, was careful not to be too candid about Musk’s agreement to buy the San Francisco-based tech company, noting that she “didn’t want to say anything that might dismantle democracy.” “.
“I have many thoughts on this subject. If my thoughts are wrong, this is a situation where the stakes are high,” she told Mr. Fridman during a two-hour interview in which the pair discussed everything from fame, technology, Twitter and even the future of the human species.
The 34-year-old artist who shared a link for the interview, captioned “Life imitates art / Who should we be?” during last month’s Friday Podcast.
“Me and E have broken up *again* since writing this article,” she wrote on March 10, referencing an interview she gave vanity fair. “But he’s my best friend and the love of my life.”
Grimes and Musk, 50, began dating in 2018 and welcomed their first son X Æ A-12 Musk into the world in 2020. It was then announced in March that they had a second child together, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, via surrogate back in December.
Exa, who goes by the nickname “Y”, has a name that holds great symbolic importance for her parents. Exa is said to be short for exaFLOPS, which refers to the ability to perform 1 trillion floating point operations per second. The full name contains a nod to the Canadian musician’s favorite character from Lord of the Rings, Galadriel, to whom she told it vanity fair is special to her because she “chooses to give up the ring.”
During the course of the interview with the computer scientist, who describes himself on his website as a researcher specializing in autonomous vehicles, human-robot interaction and machine learning at MIT and beyond, Grimes also turned the conversation inward and discussed some of the realities of the Life as a celebrity, a side effect of her music career, which she feels only intensified after partnering with Musk.
“I know I kind of got into things over my head. I’m just a random indie musician, but I just got sucked into geopolitical and financial stuff, like the stock market s***,” she said, before adding that she “artificially feels more famous than I am should”.
Since Musk’s deal with Twitter was announced, an unrest has been growing behind the social media giant’s doors, with employees lashing out at executives during an emergency meeting last Friday, saying “the PR talk isn’t landing.”
During the company-wide town hall, concerned employees also questioned whether their jobs would be safe once the Tesla entrepreneur takes control.
Musk, who is an outspoken advocate for free speech both on and off the platform, has also raised the specter over whether accounts previously suspended for violating the company’s terms and conditions would be reinstated after he took control of the company had taken over.
“Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are debated,” he wrote in a statement on the day the deal was announced.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/grimes-twitter-mental-health-musk-b2069746.html Grimes blames Twitter for “public mental health” issues during takeover by ex-partner Elon Musk