Twitter new owner Elon Musk is currently turning the short message platform upside down according to his ideas. Not only has the billionaire recently fired half of the workforce – basic functions of Twitter are also currently being changed. The focus is also on User verification. So far, celebrities, politicians, companies or journalists have one “blue hook” next to the name to make it clear that this is the official account.
New verification causes chaos
If Elon Musk has his way, all real people – regardless of whether they are prominent or not – should receive a blue tick for their verification. on saturday is TwitterBlue has therefore been expanded to include precisely this advantage. For $8 a month, all Twitter users can now look forward to an official verification. And because the review, apparently only halfheartedly expires, things really got down to business in the last few hours on Twitter.
Super Mario’s middle finger
It’s not new that fake accounts impersonate companies or celebrities to garner a bit of attention. thanks to the previous verification you could see very quickly whether it was actually an official announcement or just a hoax. But if parody profiles can also get a blue tick, chaos suddenly reigns. An example is this Nintendo Fake Account that has a picture of Super Mario with middle finger pose showed.
Because the account received verification, some fans were surprised to see the popular plumber like this. It ended up being just a parody profile that somehow made it through Twitter Blue verification. But Nintendo is not the only company in the gaming world. Valve and Twitch joke accounts have also been released.
Twitter has already announced that it will take immediate action against such fake accounts. Elon Musk also spoke up: “Please note that Twitter will do a lot of stupid things over the next few months. We will keep what works and change what doesn’t.” – the owner writes on his profile. So if you have any announcements in the next few days Twitter see, take a close look at the profile to really check the authenticity.
Source: The Verge