Last week, Elon Musk finally got his long-awaited Thanos moment for Legacy Validation in a planned quick teardown.
It’s been a busy day for Twitter and SpaceX bosses when it comes to watching billions of dollars of hard work explode and learning valuable lessons.
But if Musk (this time) is to be believed after the free verification tick was removed, anyone who has one has “subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.”
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is among those who have recently been in touch on Twitter, sharing posthumous credit card details and a phone number (presumably with the +777 prefix). , basketball legends Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Black Panther stars, Chadwick Boseman, Linkin Park and more. Singer Chester Bennington.
However, it is a dissident Saudi journalist who was killed and dismembered by Saudi government agents during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2018, especially in the media. , Jamal Khashoggi, a correspondent for The Washington Post. , 2018.
Now a dead celebrity’s estate may have signed up – “King of Pop Official Twitter Accountcontinues to tweet Michael Jackson stories to its 2.3 million followers every few days. But Bryant’s account went silent the day he died in January 2020. Bourdain, too, after he ended his life in 2018.
Khashoggi also died almost five years ago and his account has not been posted since.
But another reason this is frowned upon is that among the investors in Musk’s Twitter takeover deal, the second-largest shareholder is Saudi Arabia’s royal Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, who has a 4% stake in the social media platform through his company.
Dear friend "Chief Twit" @elonmusk
— Alwaleed Ben Shalal (@Alwaleed_Talal) October 28, 2022
By the way, Prince has a blue checkmark because of his relationship with Kingdom Holding.
On the other hand, to my amazement at being alive, I noticed they had blue ticks, including writer Stephen King, who had repeated public clashes with Musk. Said he was picking up his Twitter tab.
Thank you very much Namaste🙏
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023
As a lesson in pissing off customers, it’s a master class.
A friend told me that my blue validated check was restored. I don’t know why. I haven’t paid anything I didn’t give the number. @Stephen King reported as well. My account remains, so no one can steal my account name.
— Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 22, 2023
Musk must think he’s educating haters, especially LeBron James. who refused to pay.
The funny thing is basketball legends, Usually prolific on Twitterstopped tweeting to his nearly 53 million followers after his team told The Verge. The account he has been silent for over a week.spokesperson James told The Verge A Twitter employee emailed Star to “extend your account @kingjames’ free subscription to Twitter Blue on behalf of Elon Musk.”
In doing so, Musk was able to infuriate his Muscolites, who believed in his God-King’s promise of democratic equality for all, while the billionaire celeb handed ticks for free. While putting it in, I noticed they were forking over $8 a month. .
New genre of post: Blue Twitter subscribers complain they aren’t famous enough to get verified for free pic.twitter.com/q5I54nLHdl
— Ed Zitron (@edzitron) April 20, 2023
Musk also created an entirely new marketing category: celebrity rebuttals.
And here’s the kicker of the man before Got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over a ‘420’ joke about Teslacould not find another agency in his lawsuit over his 4/20 move because giving celebs free blue checkmarks could violate the Federal Trade Commission (” Because it is a government or multilateral organization account (verified by Twitter) rule approval on fraud.
the mask is "talented" Check celebrity Twitter accounts and other influencers without asking for permission first. A blue check works like a Twitter Blue approval.
— Tim Carr (Mom Approved) (@TimKarr) April 23, 2023
If so, queue up a quicker unscheduled teardown.
I’d like Twitter to comment on this, but the man who halved the value of his social media platform in just 12 months sees himself as: Jim Levenstein looking for pie
firstname.lastname@example.org now autoresponds with 💩
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2023