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.
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.”
In Musk’s reply Sunday, he suggested the reason someone impersonated Markey’s account is that his real one “sounds like a parody.”
He also asked why Markey’s profile picture showed him wearing a mask, which drew some backlash.