Elon Musk tells Democratic senator his Twitter account sounds like a ‘parody’

Elon Musk mocked Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Twitter after the Democrat demanded to know why a Washington Post reporter was able to create a verified account impersonating him.

“A @washingtonpost journalist was able to create a verified account pretending to be me. I ask for answers @Elon Musk who puts profits before people and his debt before stopping misinformation,” Markey tweeted on Friday, along with a screenshot of his letter to Musk about it. “Twitter needs to explain how this happened and How do I prevent this from happening again.”

In his letter, Markey said the reporter was able to create the fake account and get verified by paying $8 under Musk’s new rules. The senator called the new process “lax” and “unacceptable.”

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Musk, the billionaire tech mogul who recently bought Twitter, responded on Sunday, suggesting that the reason someone impersonated Markey is because his real one “looks like a travesty.”

Musk went on to ask why Markey’s profile picture showed him wearing a mask.

Many on the left have sounded the alarm over Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
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Several pundits and progressives blasted Musk for the retort.

“He’s an elected official with voters,” tweeted former Ohio Democratic senator Nina Turner, “This ain’t no game man.”

“Always risky attacking members of Congress. Especially risky with Democrats assured of power in the Senate. Musk’s curious game here. He has many interests before Congress,” Politico’s Sam Stein mused.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
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CNN senior political analyst Ronald Brownstein echoed the sentiment of many liberal pundits that Musk appears to be on a “right-wing” crusade.

“For just $8 a month, you can help support the lifestyle of a struggling South African billionaire who uses his newly purchased platform to mock Democrats in the US Congress,” said Keith Boykin.

Musk made major changes to the social media platform, including the dismissal of several senior executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and Head of Legal, Trust and Safety Policy Vijaya Gadde. Users can also now purchase verification for $8 per month.

Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk took over Twitter and immediately fired several top executives.

Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk took over Twitter and immediately fired several top executives.
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In his letter, Markey asked for details about the “process” for issuing paid blue check verifications, how it differed from the free verification process that preceded it, and how the Washington Post reporter in question was able to get fake account verification. .

The senator also slammed Musk in a follow-up tweet.

“One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree,” Markey said. “Automotive safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you spend your time fighting online. Fix your businesses. Or Congress will.”

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