A Twitter user, 21-year-old Cade Onder, pretended to be Tobey Maguire and announced the fourth installment of the Spider-Man cinematic epic. It was discovered a few minutes later, however the tsunami effect generated by the flapping of wings activated by pressing the “publish tweet” button turned out to be crazy. All this could happen thanks to the new management of the social network, after the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk. In fact, now anyone can buy the blue checkmarks
He pretended Tobey Maguire on Twitter and announced Spider-Man 4, making the whole network tremble (with enthusiasm). An immense joy that lasted only a few moments, those that served to unmask the fake. The Twitter user in question is Cade Onder, 21: he is the one who has scored this joke, announcing the fourth chapter of the Spider-Man cinematic epic. It was discovered a few minutes later, however the tsunami effect generated by the flapping of wings activated by pressing the “publish tweet” button turned out to be crazy. All this could happen thanks to the new management of the blue bird social network, after the purchase by Elon Musk. In fact, now anyone can buy blue checkers, anyone who wants to spend a considerable amount to have them of course. In fact, there is talk of a monthly fee of about 8 dollars, therefore equal to 96 dollars a year. The idea of spending $ 960 in 10 years does not excite anyone, however the many criticisms that are being raised against Musk and this “blue-gate check” are certainly not related to the amount, but rather to the concept of making people pay: Elon Musk’s plan distorts the original meaning of the system for verifying user identity.
The young author of the fake news related to Spider-Man 4 has worked to create it precisely to make evident the flaw in the system of the Twitter-Musk era.
What this Cade Onder did was: buy the blue check; change profile picture; change the username. The photo has become that of Tobey Maguire, as well as the name next to the image. And since all of us are still so used to linking blue ticks to a verified profile of famous people, the joke worked perfectly.
“May 3rd, 2024. # SpiderMan4” wrote the fake Maguire in the tweet, to suggest that the fourth film in the franchise is expected on May 3, 2024. The post included a photo of Spider-Man with the number 4 drawn on it.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk announces a squeeze on fake accounts: “Any name change will temporarily cause the loss of the blue tick without warning”, says Musk, who has recently bought the social network, introducing the novelty of the monthly fee (of 8 dollars ) to have a verified account. Musk also announced that “any impersonation where the word ‘parody’ is not specified will be suspended”. He then added that an accurate verification method “will make journalism more democratic and give more power to people’s voices”, these are the words of the new Twitter CEO.
At the bottom of this article you can look at the “offending” tweet.
An even more realistic joke after BossLogic’s words
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This unexpected exit from Tobey Maguire on Twitter was an even more realistic joke after BossLogic’s words. The latter is a well-known and popular fan artist, who has now become a real point of reference to which even production companies and stars turn to anticipate upcoming projects. Recently BossLogic had offered a Spider-Man who seemed to be Tobey Maguire on his very popular Instagram page. Under the picture he had written: “Many projects out there”. So this Maguire announcement really seemed like confirmation of the clue BossLogic offered just before.
BossLogic is treated by the studios themselves as an essential figure for several fandoms, so that his utterance gave the suspicion that something was boiling in the pot. Furthermore, his work dedicated to Spider-Man was not openly fictional (as he has always defined works invented from scratch, for example the recent mash-up by Pierce Brosnan between 007 and Black Adam).
The issue of paid blue ticks
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After Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, his new project is about to finally land: people will have to pay a monthly fee to verify their accounts, this as part of the company’s Twitter Blue service. When this change is effective, all accounts already verified will have 90 days to pay in order not to lose the status of the blue ticks.
The criticisms leveled at Musk are that switching to a paid model ends up undermining the original purpose of user verification. The Blue Checks were born in 2009, in response to a Twitter lawsuit by the manager of the US baseball team the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa. The latter filed a lawsuit against the social network of the blue bird to ensure that the phenomenon of fake profiles that pretend to be other people was finally limited. La Russa complained that a Twitter account was pretending to be him, causing him considerable damage to the image for the tweets he posted.
This joke from user Cade Onder posing as Tobey Maguire takes us back in time 13 years in a way that not even DOC’s DeLorean could …
However, as we said at the beginning, Elon Musk announced a squeeze on fake accounts, letting it be known that “any name change will temporarily cause the loss of the blue tick without warning” and that “any impersonation where the word ‘parody’ is not specified will be suspended “.
Below you can watch the tweet of the user Cade Onder who pretended to be Tobey Maguire. You no longer see Maguire’s profile name and photo because, after the joke was discovered, Onder returned to show his name and image of him.