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Is Twitter Shutting Down? Find Out Here

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Twitter office buildings will be temporarily closed until Monday and employees will have no access inside, reports the BBC, and this has resulted in many thinking the platform is “shutting down”, while others are under the assumption that it is “ending” in 2022.

Twitter has gone through a number of changes since it was purchased by Elon Musk, and if reports are to be believed, a number of its employees have voiced their opinions against the new rules.

Elon himself has been vocal about his desire to bring about more changes to his newly-bought platform, but there is no indication of the service coming to an end altogether despite growing concerns.

*USERS THINK TWITTER IS ‘SHUTTING DOWN’*

While neither Elon nor Twitter’s employees have confirmed these rumors, users can’t stop thinking what they would do if Twitter were to shut down. This stems from reports that their offices are being temporarily closed.

The #RIPTwitter trend further added to people’s concern, with many, before checking the facts, believing that Twitter’s service would end tomorrow.

Being the troll that he is, Elon also joined the trend by sharing a meme on his verified account, which shows the Twitter logo on a tombstone, jokingly implying that the platform is dead.

However, in a contradicting Tweet, the billionaire shared: “We just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol”

*MEMES ABOUT PLATFORM ‘GOING DOWN’ ARE HILARIOUS*

Just like Elon, people have come up with their own version of memes in reaction to raising concerns about Twitter ‘shutting down’ for good.

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Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November

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A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.

KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.

Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.

“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.

“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.

The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.

Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.

The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.

Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.

However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.

“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed

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The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years

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A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.

The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.

Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.

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He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.

He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.

Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.

Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.

During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.

In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.

He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.

An upper court overturned that ruling.

Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.

Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.

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