The landing of Elon Musk on Twitter as the new owner of the company and his decisions on the dynamics of the operation of this social network and on its staff have generated a contrary climate of opinion and plagued with criticism towards the tycoon that, far from trying to calm things down and improve his already battered image, uses your profile to launch notices to Internet users. One of his most controversial decisions has been to change the behavior of the blue tickly his announcement that he will soon have to pay almost $8 a month for it. This average announced has generated a wave of criticism that in the last few hours has turned Musk into a troll usurping your identity to show you what can happen with payment verification.
The boycott of Musk began this weekend. how to pick up CNNthe comedian Sarah Silverman decided to use your verified account to boycott the new owner of twitter. I copied his name, his profile picture, his cover image and made them his own. In this way, suddenly, if someone entered her profile and did not take a good look at the username, @SarahKSilverman, they could to think that it was the real account of the CEO of Tesla. She then restored his personal information, but first took screenshots of his trolling.
The actress Valerie Bertinelli only changed the name and explained that until now, with the current system, the verification mark served to indicate to Twitter users that whoever was behind that profile is who they claimed to be and complicated the task for “fraudsters.” With the changes that Musk wants to make and that he has delayed until after Tuesday’s elections in the United States, “that no longer applies,” Bertinelli remarked.
On this business of changing your name as a protest or way of boycotting Musk, he himself had something to say and spread out on a thread composed of three messages. In the first, he commented that “in the future, at any Twitter user involved in impersonation card without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”
In the second he noted that before “we issued a warning before the suspension, but now that we are implementing a general verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue.” And then, in what appears to be an allusion to what was happening with some verified accounts, he warned that “any name change will result in temporary loss of the brand check”.
A warning/threat that has not served to stop trolling, but this has continued. After this message, several personalities have continued along the same lines. The strongest of all may have been actor Joshua Malina (The West Wing of the White House), who, having read the message from the CEO of SpaceX, decided change the name of your verified profile by the new owner of Twitter and challenge him with the following tweet: “I am Elon Musk. This is not a parody.”
Also after the threat of losing the blue tick launched by Musk for those who change the name of their verified accounts, the reporter of BuzzFeedNews David Mack did something similar to what Malina did and he changed his name although he did indicate that it was a “parody” . And the Vanity Fair television critic Sonia Saraiya has changed too his name by “not Elon Musk”.
The warnings of possible sanctions and penalties as suspensions they don’t seem to have caught on much among some of the Twitter users in the midst of a virtual revolt against the change and in the verification process in this social network. In fact, if the sentence written by Malina in English is leaked, “I am Elon Musk. This is not a parody”, can be verified as other anonymous and unverified users have joined the troll.