Musk Says Dem Sen’s Twitter Account ‘Sounds Like A Parody’

The exchange between new Twitter CEO Elon Musk and Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Ed Markey started this weekend when the senator demanded to know how a reporter had created a "verified" account impersonating him.
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 26: In this photo illustration, the Elon Musk’s Twitter account is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 26, 2022 in Paris, France. The U.S. multi-billionaire Elon Musk bought the social network Twitter on Monday April 25 for the sum of 44 billion dollars after two weeks of arm wrestling with the company's board of directors. (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • One of Musk’s first changes was to allow Twitter customers to get a their account certified – with a blue checkmark – by paying an $8 subscription fee, compared to Twitter previously having verified it.
  • “A @washingtonpost reporter was able to create a verified account impersonating me—I’m asking for answers from @elonmusk who is putting profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation,” Markey tweeted Friday.
  • The senator also blasted the new verification process as “lax” and “unacceptable.”

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