Elon Musk is well-known for picking fights via Twitter. He received a counterpunch that was worth talking about on Sunday.

Friday saw Senator Ed Markey start the brawl tweeted a complaint It was so easy to impersonate someone using Twitter Blue, an $8 monthly subscription service.

It was the Washington Post doing it for illustrative purposesThis is an example of how easy Twitter Blue makes it to use. Twitter Blue allows anyone to get the type checkmark beside their name that used be used to display who was verified identity-wise by Twitter. 

Musk believes there will be a recession and that Twitter should rely less on advertising but more on subscriptions to continue to thrive. Twitter Blue went live on Wednesday and quickly attracted a slew of impersonators to harass everyone, from Eli Lilly, a drug company, who claimed insulin was now free, to LeBron James, a legend in the NBA, who seemed to be asking for a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Although the service had been suspended by Friday, Musk stated that it will resume on Saturday “probably” You should return before the end of next Week, presumably after all impersonation issues have been resolved.

Markey tweeted Friday: “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. Twitter must explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.”

Musk replied, “Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?”

He added Soon thereafter, “And why does your pp have a mask!?” It was a reference to the lawmaker’s Twitter profile photo in which he was sporting a face mask. 

The counterpunch came next. Markey replied Sunday Musk is the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and now Twitter.

“One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies. Or Congress will.”

Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, who is on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, shared his thoughts on Friday. letter he sent to Musk. It is divided as follows:

“Apparently, due to Twitter’s lax verification practices and apparent need for cash, anyone could pay $8.00 and impersonate someone on your platform. Selling the truth is dangerous. Twitter must clearly explain what happened and how it intends to prevent it from happening again.

“Safeguards such as Twitter’s blue checkmark once allowed users to be smart, critical consumers of news and information in Twitter’s global town square. But your Twitter takeover, rapid and haphazard imposition of platform changes, removal of safeguards against disinformation, and firing of large numbers of Twitter employees have accelerated Twitter’s descent into the Wild West of social media. That is unacceptable. Twitter and its leadership have a responsibility to the public to ensure the platform doesn’t become a breeding ground for manipulation and deceit.” 

He also included questions regarding Twitter Blue as well as the whole idea behind paid-for blue checkmark verification.

Markey has studied tech giants over the years and gave his opinion. Washington Post Permission to use Twitter Blue to attempt to impersonate him. 

The Washington Post Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) owns the property. Musk also has a Twitter rival. 

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