Elon Musk mocks senator demanding answers on Twitter imposters


On Sunday, Twitter owner Elon Musk deflected questions directed at him by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) about the social media site’s reverse verification system. Musk instead mocked Markey over an impostor account created to look like the senator’s.

Musk appeared to publicly reject Markey’s demand for answers regarding a system that allowed a series of impostor accounts to appear. Twitter has been inundated with issues since Musk took over late last month, many of which related to the platform’s move to selling its “blue tick” verification for $8 a month.

To underscore concerns about Twitter’s new procedures for acquiring a blue tick, a Washington Post reporter set up a test impostor account for Markey (courtesy the senator).

“A @washingtonpost reporter was able to create a verified account impersonating me – I demand answers from @elonmusk who puts profits before people and his debt against stopping misinformation,” Markey tweeted on Friday by sharing a copy of a letter addressed to Musk.

“Maybe it’s because your real account sounds like a parody?” musk said in a tongue-in-cheek response to Markey. Musk, in another red herring, asked why Markey’s Twitter profile picture shows him wearing a coronavirus face mask.

Although COVID-19 cases have largely plateaued in the United States since a record high last December, the virus remains widespread. The federal government reportedly plans to renew the pandemic as a public health emergency in January, with some health officials warning there could be a further rise in cases this winter.

Markey continued to advocate for coronavirus protections, especially for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. He also worked to secure funding in the Senate to deal with long-term health complications related to the virus.

On Sunday, Musk (above) appeared to dismiss Markey’s questions about the chaos unfolding on the social media platform.

But it was Markey’s work on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that Twitter users pointed out to Musk on Sunday. The committee’s duties include reviewing proposed legislation relating to communications and media, as well as space and science – the industries in which Musk holds stock.

“It’s probably not a good idea to troll a high-ranking senator who has a habit of gunning down rich people,” one account said. tweeted him. Musk seemed to dismiss that concern, however, suggesting that Markey would be committing an abuse of power if he went after the platform.

Markey asked Musk to respond to questions in his letter by Nov. 25.

The letter accuses Musk of ‘putting profits before people and debt rather than stopping misinformation’ in his decision to allow anyone to buy a blue checkmark, which was originally used to show an account had been verified to be authentic.

“Twitter and its executives have a responsibility to the public to ensure the platform does not become a breeding ground for manipulation and deception,” Markey said.




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