Elon has been going off on Twitter now that he owns it, triggering the self-important with his new blue check policy, mocking his enemies with obvious glee and abandon, and finding ever-funnier ways to snipe at his opponents. Banning Kathy Griffin was pretty darn funny too, as was her ensuing meltdown and Whoopi Goldberg’s quitting the platform in protest.
Well, Elon took his Twitter antics up a notch on the hilarity scale recently when he mocked Democrat Sen. Ed Markey so severely that Sen. Markey threatened him.
The spat between Elon and the Masshole Senator began with a fight over verification. The Washington Post apparently had a reporter impersonate Markey to show how the new blue-check system can be used by those who want to impersonate famous figures or important people.
Markey then used that as an opportunity to attack Elon in a letter in which he ranted about how horrible a “Wild West” Twitter is and attacked Elon for firing lots of Twitter employees, saying:
“Apparently, due to Twitter’s lax verification practices and apparent need for cash, anyone could pay $8.00 and impersonate someone on your platform. Selling the truth is dangerous and unacceptable. Twitter must explain how this happened and how it will prevent it from happening again.
“Safeguards such as Twitter’s blue checkmark once allowed users to be smart, critical consumers of news and information in Twitter’s global town square. But your Twitter takeover, rapid and haphazard imposition of platform changes, removal of safeguards against disinformation, and firing of large numbers of Twitter employees have accelerated Twitter’s descent into the Wild West of social media. That is unacceptable. Twitter and its leadership have a responsibility to the public to ensure the platform doesn’t become a breeding ground for manipulation and deceit.
Continuing, Markey went on to demand answers from Elon about the new blue check system:
Notwithstanding Twitter’s termination of Twitter Blue and paid-for blue checkmark verification shortly following the publication of the Washington Post article and the proliferation of imposter accounts, Senator Markey requested Twitter leadership provide answers to the following questions:
- What was Twitter’s process for issuing paid-for blue checkmark verification of a Twitter account?
- What was Twitter’s process for issuing verification of an account that is “notable in government, news, entertainment, or another designated category” on your platform? Please describe the internal steps at Twitter that were supposed to be followed for these processes.
- How did the paid-for blue check verification process differ from the free verification process that preceded it?
- How dis Twitter’s system allow a Washington Post reporter to obtain verification of a fake account?
- Is Twitter planning to reintroduce a verification system?
Markey posted screenshots of that letter on Twitter with the caption “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.”
Markey should have known that wasn’t the way to get to Elon, a famed Twitter troll that doesn’t take unserious people who take themselves quite seriously seriously at all. Instead, Elon tends to mock and humiliate such people, particularly if given a golden opportunity to do so on Twitter.
And so that’s what he did, ignoring Markey’s demands for information and mocking the Masshole Senator, saying:
Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?
And why does your pp have a mask!?
That then led to Sen. Markey threatening Elon and his companies, saying: