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November 6, 2023

Discord is switching to expiring links for files shared off-platform

  • Discord is changing its approach to file hosting in an effort to crack down on malware.
  • It will also work to curb the wider use of Discord as an unofficial file hosting service.
  • According to BleepingComputer, the platform will start to use temporary file links that will expire after 24 hours for user content shared outside of Discord.
  • A spokesperson for Discord has said the switch will help their safety team to “restrict access to flagged content, and generally reduce the amount of malware distributed”.
  • This change is expected to go into effect by the end of the year.
  • For more, please visit the Engadget’s website.

Musk says his new AI chatbot has ‘a little humour’

  • Elon Musk has launched an AI chatbot called Grok on his social media site X (formerly Twitter) after only two months of training.
  • Mr Musk boasted that Grok “loves sarcasm” and would answer questions with “a little humour”.
  • The AI chatbot has access to up-to-date information from the X platform.
  • Early signs suggest the chatbot suffers from similar problems to other AI tools.
  • On X, Mr Musk posted a demonstration of how Grok would respond to being asked how to make cocaine.
  • Grok responded with, “just a moment while I pull up the recipe… because I’m totally going to help you with that”, and listed generalised rather than useable information, alongside sarcastic suggestions, before warning against the idea.
  • The feature is only available for select users currently in beta format.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Queen’s University says swastika incident ‘did not happen’ on campus

  • The university issued a statement on Friday in response to comments made by the government’s independent advisor on antisemitism, Lord Mann.
  • Lord Mann said the incident happened after the student wore a Jewish religious symbol around their neck.
  • He questioned the university’s statement that was posted on social media, stating: “How do they know where this hasn’t happened? The simple answer is that they do not know,”
  • Queens University have encouraged anyone that is aware of or has been affected by any anti-Semitic behaviour to engage with the university and the PSNI directly.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.