The Morning After: Senator tells Elon Musk: ‘Fix your companies’

Twitter’s new blue tick policy was a disaster.

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Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts chastised Elon Musk on Sunday after the billionaire’s glib response to a request for information about Twitter’s new verification policies. “Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?” Musk tweeted Sunday morning after Markey criticized the company’s new $8 per month Twitter Blue subscription.

Senator Markey countered: “One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online.” He said, “Fix your companies. Or Congress will.”

Twitter suspended its new paid account verification less than two days after launch. It’s been a disaster. Trolls were able to impersonate celebrities, politicians and brands, leading to chaos. One managed to tank the stock of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, claiming the company would offer insulin for free. Another said Lockheed Martin was reassessing its military contracts with countries and territories with poor human rights records.

It’s only Monday, but it’s already shaping up to be another week filled with Twitter drama. Have you signed up to Mastodon yet? Let me know. I’m still on Twitter. For now.

– Mat Smith

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