Next Morning: Senator Tells Elon Musk: ‘Fix Your Businesses’

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Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey berated Elon Musk on Sunday after the billionaire’s flippant response to a request for information about Twitter’s new verification policies. “Maybe it’s because your real account sounds like a parody?” Musk tweeted Sunday morning after Markey criticized the company’s new $8-a-month Twitter Blue subscription.

Senator Markey replied, “One of your companies is subject to an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you spend your time looking for fights online.” He said, “Fix your businesses. Or Congress will.

Twitter suspended its new paid account verification less than two days after its launch. His Trolls were able to impersonate celebrities, politicians and brands, . One of them managed to grab stock from the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, claiming that 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 drama-filled week on Twitter. Already registered on Mastodon? Let me know. . For the moment.

– Matt Smith

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