Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, claimed on Tuesday that several prominent Democrats had started a “coordinated” assault against him and were mere “actors on the political stage, not directors or script writers.”
Musk reacted to an assertion that he had never been politically involved before and had just started doing it in response to Democratic accusations.
“Elon wasn’t super political on Twitter until Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren started attacking him for no reason,” the account claimed. “Then others followed. Of all the dudes they could have attacked, they chose the guy most capable of helping government solve problems. Strange choice.”
“Several other major Democrat politicians attacked me too, all around the same time. It was coordinated,” Musk responded. “Outside of party leadership and independents like Manchin, they are essentially actors on the political stage, not directors or script writers.”
Democrats have criticized Musk over the past few years for several reasons, and previous Republican President Donald Trump has also criticized Musk, calling him a “bulls**t artist.”
During the nationwide government lockdowns that engulfed the country two years ago, Musk began what looks to be a political enlightenment. First, as California bureaucrats stopped a significant Tesla factory from restarting, the entrepreneur grew increasingly upset and decided to move the company’s headquarters to Texas. Then, as he observed that liberals are “losing the middle” of the political spectrum, he encouraged other Americans to “take the red pill.”
Democrats, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who penned a letter describing how someone could create a phony Twitter account impersonating him, have criticized him repeatedly for his recent acquisition of Twitter.
Yesterday, a Washington Post reporter easily constructed a false Twitter account in my name. For an additional $8, the reporter was also able to purchase Twitter’s blue checkmark, indicating that the account had been “confirmed” as belonging to a U.S. senator who was now in office. Markey’s letter began, “It was not. Anyone could mimic someone on your platform for $8 because of Twitter’s loose verification policies and apparent need for revenue. It is risky and wrong to sell the truth. Twitter needs to explain what happened and how it plans to stop it from happening again.
Markey then made untrue statements concerning the verification badge issued to the fictional account.
Markey incorrectly claimed that the bogus account was verified because I was a well-known government official rather than because someone had paid for the verification blue checkmark. Unfortunately, this only served to exacerbate Twitter’s verification dysfunction. Users could previously be informed, critical consumers of news and information in Twitter’s global town square thanks to safeguards like the blue checkmark on the social media platform.
The Washington Post article provided a side-by-side screenshot of Markey’s legitimate Twitter account and the bogus account, and when the badges were clicked, they displayed various popups.
“This account is verified because it’s noteworthy in government, news, entertainment, or another specified category,” his real account read.
Contrary to Markey’s assertions, the bogus account said: “This account is verified because it is subscribed to Twitter Blue.”
Following that, Markey asserted that the website had turned into “the Wild West of social media” and wanted answers to queries about Twitter’s authentication procedure, which the firm has halted for Twitter Blue subscribers.
Markey tweeted a copy of his letter to Musk, and Musk reacted.
Markey tweeted: “I’m looking for answers from @elonmusk, who is putting profits over people and his debt over combating disinformation. A @washingtonpost reporter was able to create a verified account imitating me.” Twitter needs to explain what happened and how to stop it from happening again.
Maybe it’s because your real account sounds like a spoof, she suggested. Musk answered.
Musk later made fun of the Senator for having an image of him in a mask in his profile, tweeting, “And why does your pp have a mask!?”