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It was Musk’s first day as the owner of Twitter.

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It was Musk's first day as the owner of Twitter.

Elon Musk’s first day as owner of Twitter was marked by confusion, anxiety and celebration on the social network, with some users testing conspiracy theories to see if the company’s disinformation policy was in place.

While no immediate change in the company’s policy was announced until late Friday night, users were quick to applaud or criticize what they hope will be the swift fulfillment of billionaire Elon Musk’s promises to reduce moderation in an attempt to promote free speech.

This Friday, the new owner of the social network announced the creation of a “content moderation board”, which will be responsible for making decisions about the restoration of certain profiles blocked by the previous administration of this platform.

But conservative personalities have become repeat conspiracy theories long exposed, including due to covid-19 or the 2020 US election, in an ironic attempt to “check if Twitter’s disinformation policy is being enforced.”

Popular right-wing experts have published “buzzwords” such as “ivermectin”. [medicamento para matar parasitas divulgado por republicanos e outros conservadores durante o início da pandemia] or “Trump won” to see if they get punished for content they think was previously flagged.

“Ok @elonmusk, is this thing on?” [Ok, @elonmusk, isto está ligado..?, em português]wrote Steve Cortez, a former newsmax conservative television commentator and adviser to former President Donald Trump, before writing, “There are two genders and Trump won ivermectin stones.”

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Also Thursday, in a letter aimed at reassuring advertisers, Musk promised that Twitter would not be “a hellish public platform where you can say whatever you want without repercussions.”

But the public still doesn’t know what the new phase of the social network will be and what it will tolerate, while analysts are waiting to find out who will stay, who will leave and who could potentially return after the ban, with Trump at the top.

The Associated Press (AP) has checked at least a dozen other Twitter accounts that have been suspended by the platform, including those used by right-wing activist James O’Keeffe and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and each has a “prohibited account.” message this Friday.

The former president, through his social network Truth Social, praised Elon Musk’s confirmation of the deal. “Now Twitter is in good hands and will no longer be run by lunatics and maniacs on the radical left who really hate our country,” he said.

Earlier in the day, several US media outlets repeated the news that rapper Kanye West (now Ye) had regained access to his account.

Twitter decided to block the singer’s profile in early October after playing anti-Semitic comments.

However, by the end of the day on Friday, there was no evidence that the status of the E account had changed.

Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, has completed a $44 billion purchase of Twitter (a similar cost in euros) and fired key executives.

Thus, the company’s shareholders will receive 54.20 US dollars (about 54.4 euros) for each share, and the social network will become the property of the philanthropist.

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European Stock Markets Fall, Interest Rates Rise, Oil Rebounds – Markets in a Minute

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Euribor climbs three and six months to new highs in almost 14 years

Euribor rates rose today to new highs since early 2009 at three and six months and fell at 12 months.

The six-month Euribor rate, most used in Portugal for home loans and entering positive territory on June 6, rose today to 2.374%, plus 0.006 points, the highest since January 2009.

The six-month average Euribor rose from 1.596% in September to 1.997% in October.

The six-month Euribor has been negative for six years and seven months (from November 6, 2015 to June 3, 2022).

The three-month Euribor, which entered positive territory for the first time since April 2015 on July 14, also rose today, setting a new high since February 2009 at 1.922% plus 0.014 points.

The three-month Euribor was negative between 21 April 2015 and 13 July last year (seven years and two months).

The three-month average Euribor rose from 1.011% in September to 1.428% in October.

On the other hand, over a 12-month period, Euribor fell today, settling at 2.860%, down 0.019 points from Thursday, after rising to a new high since January 2009 of 2.879% on Thursday.

After rising to 0.005% on April 12, positive for the first time since February 5, 2016, the 12-month Euribor has been in positive territory since April 21.

The average Euribor rate for 12 months increased from 2.233% in September to 2.629% in October.

Euribor began to rise more significantly from February 4, after the European Central Bank (ECB) admitted that it could raise key interest rates this year due to rising inflation in the eurozone, and the trend accelerated with the start of the Invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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On October 27, to curb inflation, the ECB raised three key interest rates by 75 basis points, the third consecutive increase this year, after raising three interest rates by 50 basis points on July 21. growth after 11 years, and on September 8 by 75 basis points.

Changes in Euribor interest rates are closely linked to increases or decreases in ECB key interest rates.

Three-, six- and 12-month Euribor rates hit record lows respectively: -0.605% on December 14, 2021, -0.554% and -0.518% on December 20, 2021.

Euribor is set on the basis of the average rate at which a group of 57 Eurozone banks are willing to lend money to each other in the interbank market.

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Will there be a Black Friday discount? Diesel and petrol prices fall again in a week

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Será desconto de Black Friday? Preços dos combustíveis voltam a baixar para a semana

After successive increases, fuel prices begin to fall, which ultimately reduces consumer spending significantly, especially for those who travel by car every day. Indirectly, this fall in prices will also affect the prices of the products we find in supermarkets (among many other sectors), which in a period of high consumption will be a welcome relief.

For the third week in a row, diesel and gasoline prices have fallen again.

Fuel prices continue to fall

Today's news shows that diesel and gasoline prices are expected to fall next Monday by 0.05 and 0.045 euros respectively.

According to the General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG), next week's average prices should be 1.641 euros per liter of regular diesel fuel and 1.644 euros per liter of 95 petrol, not forgetting that prices can vary from gas station to post office.

Until the end of the year, consumers will continue to benefit from lower ISPs and the suspension of the carbon tax. Despite this decline, prices remain above pre-war levels.

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discover the 10 foods that have grown the most in the past week

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discover the 10 foods that have grown the most in the past week

A basket of essential products now costs 212.76 euros, which is 29.13 euros (15.87%) more than it cost on February 23, on the eve of the outbreak of the armed conflict in Ukraine. Over the past nine months, dairy and meat products are the categories with the largest increases of 20.79% and 19.41% respectively.

According to the organization, “however, growth is being felt across all food categories. In the analyzed period, frozen food, fruits and vegetables, fish and grocery stores also rose in price by 17.96%, 14.45%, 14.38% and 13.34% respectively” compared to February.

Between October 16 and 23, the top ten products with the highest price increase were horse mackerel (24%), quick-frozen peas (18%), ground roasted coffee (13%), sea bass (11%), cereal flakes. (9%), sea bream and extra virgin olive oil (8%), port wine and hake medallions (6%) and finally dried garlic (4%).

From February 23 to November 2: fresh hake (50%), white sugar (49%), tomato pulp (48%), oranges (41%), UHT semi-skimmed milk (37%), turkey steak (33%). , cookies “Maria” and eggs (32%), carrots and a whole chicken (31%).

The Consumer Advocacy Association monitors weekly prices for a basket of 63 staples that includes turkey, chicken, hake, horse mackerel, onions, potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, rice, spaghetti, sugar, ham, milk, cheese and butter.

The association explains that this increase is due to the fact that Portugal is “heavily dependent on external markets to guarantee the supply of cereals needed for domestic consumption”, which “currently represent only 3.5% of national agricultural production: mainly corn (56 %). , wheat (19%) and rice (16%).

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“And if in the early 1990s self-sufficiency in grain was about 50%, now the value does not exceed 19.4%, which is one of the lowest rates in the world and obliges the country to import about 80% of grain. ” adds Deku.

The organization explains that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine, where most of the grains consumed in the European Union and Portugal come from, has put even more pressure on the sector, which is struggling with the consequences of the pandemic and drought. with a strong influence on production and stockpiling.”

“Limiting the supply of raw materials and increasing the cost of production, namely the energy needed for agri-food production, can thus be reflected in higher prices in international markets and, consequently, in prices at the consumer,” he emphasizes.

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