Poll: Bots and public data

Would you take $5,000 to shut down your bot?

📅 a year ago in | Updated 10 months ago

The creator of the @elonjet Twitter bot created quite a controversy last week when Elon Musk, the infamous union-busting billionaire heir to an apartheid emerald fortune, offered the bot’s creator a $5,000 reward for shutting the bot down.

The bot itself tweets publicly available flight data and Musk suggested that further spreading this public information poses a security risk. Fair enough. Things quickly veered into ransom territory as the bot’s creator demanded whopping $50,000 instead, a price too steep to Musk for his security.

Here’s a quick look at what the wider botmaking community thinks about this. (See comments for more insights!)

Personally, fuck Elon Musk.

Stefan

Creator of Botwiki and Botmakers, Botwiki editor, and Botmakers community manager.

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