To put it mildly, Elon Musk’s tenure at Twitter has been turbulent. Verified phone accounts are in chaos. Numerous advertisers have left. So far, the firm has lost close to half of its workforce.
A @washingtonpost reporter was able to create a verified account impersonating me—I’m asking for answers from @elonmusk who is putting profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation. Twitter must explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again. pic.twitter.com/R4r7p6mduP— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) November 11, 2022
Despite this, Musk continues to tweet while making jokes about the circumstance in his answers to supporters and right-wing influencers.
Musk, though, went a step farther on Sunday and used Twitter to make fun of a sitting U.S. senator.
On Friday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) tweeted Elon Musk, asking him to clarify what his business intends to do about all the phony accounts on Twitter. Twitter has been flooded with accounts imitating well-known businesses and people since since Musk’s $8 Twitter Blue membership made it possible for any paying users to become verified. Due to the problem, several businesses have already departed the site.
Sen. Markey asked for the data after a writer for the Washington Post was able to impersonate him and create a false verified account.
Sen. Markey wrote: “I’m looking for answers from @elonmusk who is putting profits above people and his debt over combating disinformation. A @washingtonpost reporter was able to create a verified account imitating me.” Twitter has to provide an explanation of what happened and how to stop it from happening again.
Perhaps it’s because your genuine account seems like a spoof, Musk said on Sunday morning.
Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2022
“And why does your pp [profile pic] have a mask!?,” Musk followed up, referencing the disposable surgical mask Sen. Markey is wearing in his Twitter avatar picture.
Many of the responses to Musk pointed out right away that it would not be ideal for him to quarrel with a sitting U.S. Senator who serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Sen. Markey is a member of three subcommittees that could potentially provide regulatory oversight over Musk’s numerous businesses, including Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX: the Subcommittee on Communication, Media, and Broadband; the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security; and the Subcommittee on Space and Science.