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‘Bold’ Rafael Nadal expresses brutally honest concerns about Meta’s AI influence on social media platforms

22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has joined a list of many celebrities who have expressed concerns about Meta’s involvement in public Instagram and Facebook posts to train Artificial Intelligence (AI). Rival Novak Djokovic has joined him in this movement.

The Spaniard has over 21 million fans on Instagram and 14 million fans on Facebook. The King of Clay put up a story on Instagram asserting that he is the ‘sole’ owner of all the images and told Meta not to use those images to train generative AI platforms.

I own the copyright to all the images and posts submitted to my Instagram profile and therefore do not consent to Meta or other companies using them to train generative AI platforms. This includes all future and past post/stories/threads on my profile.

Rafael Nadal’s story on Instagram.

Digital rights groups criticize Meta’s plan to use public posts from Facebook and Instagram for AI training. Under new privacy policy changes, UK and EU users are informed that their publicly shared information may be used to improve Meta’s AI.

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Noyb files complaints against Meta, labeling its processing of user content an “abuse of personal data for AI.” Despite Meta’s claims of compliance with privacy laws, criticism arises over its notification method.

Users in the UK and EU receive notifications detailing the data usage change. Meta relies on “legitimate interests” as the legal basis for processing user data. However, the opt-out process is criticized as cumbersome and potentially dissuasive.

Will Rafael Nadal prefer the Paris Olympics over Wimbledon?

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal expressed reluctance regarding his Wimbledon participation this year, prioritizing the Paris Olympics instead. After his unexpected first-round exit at the French Open, the 38-year-old Spaniard revealed his primary focus on returning to Roland Garros for the Paris 2024 Games.

Transitioning from grass courts to clay for the Olympics poses a significant challenge, leading Nadal to question the feasibility of such a move given his recent physical issues. The 22-time Grand Slam champion acknowledged the need for careful consideration and discussion with his team before finalizing his decision.

Currently ranked 275th in the world, Nadal is likely to rely on a protected injury ranking to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics, given his recent struggles with injuries. Despite his setbacks, the left-hander is expected to join forces with reigning Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz in the Olympic doubles event for Spain.

Alcaraz was asked about his potential doubles pairing after his first-round win at Roland Garros a week ago. The younger Spaniard conveyed positive news to the media, expressing hope that the doubles pairing becomes official for Spain.

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