The two options were ‘yes’ and ‘of course’, if you were wondering whether Musk was actually being serious about something for once.
Well it seems the Tesla founder has followed through on his intention to act like a 12-year-old, as William LeGate – CEO of the US pillow and mattress company Pillow Fight – pointed out a change to the sign at the social media company’s San Francisco headquarters.
\u201c@williamlegate Give the guy a break. He\u2019s been so busy flushing billions of dollars away for his investors that it took him half a year to figure out there\u2019s a second grade joke in the name of the company. Wait until he finds out with just an \u201csh\u201d he can change the name to where he\u2019s taken it.\u201d
As if that wasn’t enough, Thursday also saw the company’s ‘Twitter Verified’ account mass unfollow everyone – namely the ‘legacy’ blue tick accounts the profile had automatically followed when they were verified.
The move came amid ongoing confusion as to what exactly will happen to users who were verified before Musk opened up the tick to anyone – that is, anyone who received a blue tick because they were a “notable” individual such as a celebrity.
Now, anyone willing to shell out at least $8 a month (or at least £9.60 in the UK) can be ‘verified’ on Twitter, ruining the whole original point of verification - to reduce impersonation - in the first place.
Late last month, Twitter said it would be removing ticks from ‘legacy’ verified accounts from 1 April – yes, from April Fool’s Day.
\u201cOn April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks. To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue here: https://t.co/gzpCcwOpLp \n\nOrganizations can sign up for https://t.co/RlN5BbuGA3\u2026\u201d
This didn’t happen, and instead, not long after the verification was meant to be removed, tapping or clicking a blue tick on any account on the mobile app now comes up with a message that “this account is verified because it’s subscribed to Twitter Blue or is a legacy verified account”.
\u201cTwitter has removed the ability to discern if someone received their verified check mark for being who they actually are in real life or if they\u2019re paying for Twitter Blue.\u201d