Twitter introduced a brand new policy this week – the page now automatically locks a user's account changing its display name to Elon Musk. According to The Verge, the move was intended to combat spam campaigns, particularly cryptocurrency, scammers who have been appearing under tweets of prominent tech figures such as the SpaceX and Tesla CEO for nearly a year.
It is important, however, that any user who verifies his account after the name change can still use "Elon Musk" display name. The combination of strategies seems to have fostered a wave of creativity through musk impersonators – mostly of a very specific kind.
"French Elon Musque" has reached an impressive 38,000 Twitter followers in just 22 hours since its first tweet. Apart from the accent, his humor depends on an increasing revaluation of Musk, who sees him not as a uniquely inspirational visionary, but only as another unapproachable tech-bro.
The account is already a pioneer in the Musk Multiverse Crossover and trades jabs with Irish Elon Musk (whose creator has already given up the character.]
Other muskets are rapidly emerging, with some reiterating the growing "Ethnic Elem Musk "-Mem while others are simply trying to test Twitter's new policies.
Many of the new musk impersonators follow in the footsteps of the now deceased Italian Elon Musk, perfecto spread primarily from musks Opposition to the unions The Persona was created by Alex Arbuckle, a writer / comedian who apparently removed his blue "Verified" checkmark for his efforts, and has since returned to his own identity.
There is, of course, the grandfather By Musk Parody Musk's own, increasingly intoxicating Twitter Postings, which included unsubstantiated and possibly libelous allegations, sparked the spread of billionaire Bored Elon Musk, one of the divers who helped rescue a Thai boys' football team this month. Musk recently said he wants to weaken his Twitter presence so that the creators of the spoof accounts could have something to fill.
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To put it bluntly: There is no indication that Musk himself plays a role in actions against Accounts who set him up Satirize Twitter. However, there were recent allegations that he personally threatened to sue a blogger who had written critically about Tesla for the search for Alpha. Tesla was targeted by a critical mass of short sellers who believe that the company will fail and that Musk has been accused of spreading negative and even false stories about the company.
Some have questioned whether Twitter's new Musk-specific policy is meaningful efforts to solve problems on the platform, taking into account other ongoing challenges.
If stopping Cryptocurrency scams is the real motive, the Twitter policy seems strangely scruffy ̵