Twitter has started rolling out $8 per month Twitter Blue subscriptions, complete with “verified” badges, for paid users. But the social network is also struggling to stem the tide of accounts impersonating big brands and celebrities to spread fake information that looks authentic, taking advantage of the confusion over those signs.
Among the fake “tagged” accounts that appeared in the video game sphere on Wednesday night was Nintendo of America. pretending to show Mario flipping the birdValve supposedly announces Bounce: Neon Primeand Rockstar Games announces a new trailer date for Grand Theft Auto VI. Fake Lebron James in the world of sports claimed to be demanding a tradefake Aroldis Chapman He said he re-signed with the Yankeesand ESPN’s Adam Schefter “reported” on the fake version The possible departure of Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels.
Watching sports action and news can become a complete mess with the new verification system
Fake LeBron and Aroldis Chapman tweets are already circulating pic.twitter.com/vQgMqws1W0
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) November 9, 2022
Tagged accounts also gleefully imitate political figures Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for Former British MP Tony Blair and former US President George Bush. One boldly marked cheater it even imitated Twitter itselfAdvertising fake “free” Twitter Blue contract for crypto/NFT holders who “authenticate wallet assets”.
For careful Twitter users, there are some ways to distinguish these fake flagged accounts from previously verified accounts (those accounts that didn’t pay to be flagged using Twitter Blue). By going to the account profile and clicking on the blue icon, “This account is verified because Twitter Blue” or “This account is verified because it is notable in government, news, entertainment, or another designated category.” In some cases, the “Account Created” date or A close look at account names such as “@nintendoofus” and “@RockstarGamse” will also reveal something.
At first glance, though, these paid verification accounts can easily look genuine to Twitter-verifying users who have been conditioned for years to more fully trust information from accounts with a check mark next to their name. And most of those who didn’t pay attention were at least temporarily fooled by the scammers.
All of the fake accounts mentioned above (far from an exhaustive list) are currently suspended for “violating Twitter’s rules,” and some have reportedly been down for just an hour or less. In an email to all Twitter staff obtained by Bloomberg on Wednesday, Musk said that “the absolute top priority over the next few days is to find and stop any verified bots/trolls/spam.”
On Sunday, after many previously verified accounts began changing their names to “Elon Musk,” the Twitter CEO said it was targeting verified accounts that engaged in “harmful deception” and that “any Twitter identity hijacking without clear indication that the parody” will be stopped forever. This was at least partially at odds with May’s statement, in which Musk said “permanent bans should be extremely rare and reserved for accounts that are truly bots or spam.”
The wave of fake paid verification accounts comes a day after Musk said he was “killing” a separate “Official” tag that appeared briefly on many (but not all) Twitter accounts. “The official tag is still coming out as part of @TwitterBlue’s rollout — we’re only focusing on government and commercial entities,” said Twitter CEO Esther Crawford. he wrote shortly thereafter.
I’m actually laughing
At the very least, Musk says he’s having fun with the many accounts that want to stir up confusion over the markings he’s bought. When a user mentions “[t]The beauty of this is that every verified account pays $8. Twitter keeps the money and suspends the account,” – Musk he answered with a range of emojis including a target and a money bag. In response to another user complaining about fake accounts with purchased checkmarks, Musk simply responded with two crying emojis.
I can’t imagine why all the advertisers are pulling out of Twitter pic.twitter.com/pg55WXkxhS
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 9, 2022
But many Twitter followers wonder how the presence of official-looking, checkmark-boasting fake accounts, even accounts that are quickly deleted, will affect the positions of brands hesitant to advertise on the platform. “I can’t imagine why all the advertisers are pulling out of Twitter,” Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier said. he tweeted sarcastically in response to a fake Nintendo account. Others a joke How the lost advertiser revenue can easily outweigh any additional money coming in from Blue subscribers who receive blue tags.
“Be aware that Twitter is going to do some very stupid things in the coming months,” Musk tweeted on Wednesday. “We’ll keep what works, change what doesn’t.”
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