If you haven’t heard of the news yet—and I admire and respect anyone whose life choices aren’t—Twitter owner and exploding vehicle expert Elon Musk spent the weekend dealing with the remnants of the platform’s “verification” system, further ruining its $44 billion acquisition.
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For most of Twitter’s existence, some users were able to be “verified” by authenticating with the site. It has been an important tool for celebrities, athletes, business and the media, famous and non-celebrity people, who have lived before. all risks impersonating their accounts in the name of disinformation and fraud.
And for almost the same time, some strange thing Regarding that, seeing a system designed solely to prove that a user is who he says he is – a requirement on a social media platform – as a symptom of some kind of left-wing media conspiracy, I don’t know.
This is a big reason why Musk finally removed this old verification system last week.It replaced it with a “verified” system that required users to pay $8 to get a “verified” badge, while absolutely nothing “verified” about their identities.
Anyway, things took a particularly ridiculous turn over the weekend when it was revealed that almost none of the previously verified accounts would pay the $8. Not even millionaire celebrities. Many even publicly mocked Musk and the decision. In return, Musk ordered some high-profile users to be given a verified badge anyway, at Twitter’s expense, which led to some incredible scenes. Like Lebron James turned down the offer and video game deals guy Wario64 – he has over 1 million followers, making him one of the most popular users of the site – forcibly put a “blue checkmark” on his account and then removed it again.
Amidst all this chaos, came a remarkable (and wild) series of responses from Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, to events in the video game space. I’m pasting the entire Twitter thread right here, mostly for him to see how many times he’s been so wrong. should be officially fixed:
(Note: The hashtag #BlockTheBlue came from people who quickly realized that the kind of person who would pay Musk $8 a month for Twitter is also the kind of person you would want to block on sight)
This man complains about high school bands and the so-called “elite” It’s 52 years old and worth about $5 billion.