Shortly after Musk launched premium subscription service Twitter Blue, which grants blue “verification” tags to anyone willing to pay US$8 a month, or $9.99 in Canada, dozens of accounts imposters began to appear.
There are now two categories of “blue checks”, and they look identical. One includes accounts verified before Musk took the helm and verified to be “notable in government, news, entertainment, or another designated category.” The other notes that the account is subscribed to Twitter Blue.
From a fake account posing as Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeting jokes about keeping sick children away from his cabin, to an account posing as pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co and tweet that insulin is freeit’s been a free-for-all atmosphere for Twitter users mocking the platform’s latest feature.
On Thursday, Elon Musk tweeted that any parody account must include the word “parody” in their name and not just their biography.
“To be more precise, stories making parodic imitations. Basically, deceiving people is not acceptable,” he said.
On Friday, Twitter Blue signups became unavailable due to the slew of fake accounts.
Here are some of the tweets showing the fake accounts invading the platform, with some accounts taking days to be taken down by Twitter: