Elon Musk ridiculed Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Sunday after the senator demanded answers about Twitter’s verification process, which resulted in a Washington Post reporter successfully creating a verified account pass for him.
Driving the news: “I ask for answers [Elon Musk] who puts profits before people and debt before stopping misinformation,” Markey said. tweeted Friday, attaching a letter to Musk, asking Twitter to explain “how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again.”
Musk’s response came on Sunday, say on twitter: “Maybe it’s because your real account sounds like a parody?”
- “And why does your pp have a mask!?” Musk added in a follow-up Tweeterreferencing the senator’s Twitter profile picture, showing him wearing a surgical mask.
Catch up fast: A Washington Post reporter wrote on Friday that he was able to quickly and easily create a verified account posing as Markey, after obtaining permission from the senator to perform the test.
In his letter to Musk, Markey demanded answers to a series of questions about Twitter’s verification process by Nov. 25.
- “Allowing an impostor to impersonate a U.S. Senator on Twitter is serious business that you need to address quickly,” Markey wrote.
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