Sen. Ed Markey threatened Elon Musk on Sunday after the world’s richest man mocked the Massachusetts Democrat for complaining about Twitter impersonations.
After Musk took control of Twitter, he allowed users to get a blue verified checkmark if they subscribed to “Twitter Blue” for $8 per month. The service, however, was quickly abused, resulting in a wave of impersonations. Twitter has since suspended giving out the blue checkmarks.
Markey demanded answers from Musk about Twitter’s verification process after the Democratic lawmaker colluded with a Washington Post writer to create a Twitter account impersonating him.
Considering all you needed was a credit card to purchase the blue checkmark, it worked. And Markey was upset.
In a letter, Markey demanded answers from Musk for the “haphazard imposition” of changes to Twitter because “[a]llowing an imposter to impersonate a U.S. Senator on Twitter is a serious matter that you need to address promptly.” Of course, Markey failed to disclose in the letter that he gave the Washington Post writer permission to impersonate him.
Markey then drew attention to his complaint by going on Twitter to accuse Musk of “putting profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation.”
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