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  • Mal McCallion

Musk's X-rated privacy policy for X

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

X to use public data for AI model training, according to updated terms and conditions of social media use.

Is your data safe on X?

The platform's recently updated privacy policy has raised a few eyebrows. It's not just about collecting biometric data or your job and education history. The real surprise is in another section of the policy - X plans to use the information it collects, along with other publicly available data, to train its machine learning and AI models.

This rather predictable - perhaps depressing - development was spotted by Alex Ivanovs of Stackdiary, who has a knack for uncovering notable updates in tech companies' terms of service. The specific change is tucked away in section 2.1 of the policy, stating that X may use collected and publicly available information to train its AI models.

But why would X want to do this? The answer might lie with X's owner, Elon Musk. Musk has ambitions to make a splash in the AI market with another venture, xAI. Ivanovs theorises that Musk could use X as a data source for xAI. In fact, Musk has previously stated that xAI would use "public tweets" to train its AI models.

Training data for AI models is the next bulkhead in the Tech Titan Wars.

So, what does this mean for X users? For now, Musk assures that only public data will be used, not direct messages or any private information. But as we navigate this brave new world of AI, it's essential to stay informed about how our data is used.

Everything that we're contributing to these tech companies is being used to train the next generation of AI models. Are you willing to pay the privacy price for the incredible savings that you are about to make?

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