Elon Musk will have 'no choice' but to leave advisory position if Trump quits climate deal
Tesla founder and inventor Elon Musk tweeted that he would have "no choice but to depart councils" in the event that Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017
Musk features on Trump's Economic Advisory Board and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative councils and has reportedly used his influence to try and influence key decisions in the US government - namely to push for a carbon tax and to reevaluate the current stance on restricted immigration based on religion.
Having been criticised for his close proximity to Trump, Musk defended his position, stating that he is using it to try and influence the President.
“Attending advisory councils does not mean I agree with the actions by the administration,” Musk said back in February. “I want to propel the world towards sustainable energy and help make humanity a multi-planet civilisation.”
Also featured on the business council are sixteen other executives, including JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon and Blackstone’s founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman, who also chairs and recruited the members of the committee.
Not all members of the council are supporting Trump on his various policies – Jim McNerney said that he found Trump’s ideas about trade to be ‘very dangerous.’
The President has also been criticised over his stance on the Paris Agreement, with his withdrawal likely the signal the ‘death of the Great Barrier Reef’ according to critics, whilst the Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres said, “Climate change is undeniable. Climate action is unstoppable. Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.”
The Paris Agreement was signed in April 2016 and described as a ‘historic turning point’ in the battle against climate change, pledging to significantly reduce the risks from global warming by keeping the global average temperature to ‘well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels’.
Trump, however, has already begun his mission against the climate change ‘hoax’ by cutting a third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, scrapping the clean power plan and approving the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.