Twitter’s new paid blue tick spawns countless fake profiles, sowing chaos
14 November 2022 | 5:25 am
We look at the fallout from Elon Musk’s pet project, Twitter’s new blue checkmark. The old blue tick was designed to mitigate the spread of disinformation.
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A phony account on Twitter, with at least four different identities since February, claims to be the brother of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In this edition of Truth or Fake, we explain how we uncovered this fake Twitter account with more than 35,000 followers.
Twitter has published an account of its deal with Elon Musk suggesting his concerns about "fake users" only arose after setting a price. The Tesla mogul's takeover is not yet complete, with Musk calling it into question.
Musk accused Twitter of not providing data on spam accounts, saying he reserves "his right to terminate the merger agreement" over the dispute.
Elon Musk's legal team has warned Twitter that the Tesla boss could walk away from a $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant, accusing it of breaching its contractual obligations by not sharing information about how fake accounts are calculated. We take a closer look. Plus, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in Palo Alto, Apple launches a redesigned MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro with a new chip that makes them faster and more powerful.
Twitter hit back on Monday at Elon Musk for accusing the social media company of breaching its obligations in their merger agreement, saying it is Musk who's breaching the $44-billion deal by attempting to ditch it.
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The richest man in the world has claimed in court that Twitter lied to him about key parts of the business. The Tesla CEO is facing a lawsuit to force him to go through with his purchase of the social media company.
Twitter shareholders have approved Elon Musk's $44 billion offer to buy the social media platform, months after the billionaire tried to back out of the deal. The case will be heard by a US court in October. Meanwhile, a Senate panel has heard explosive testimony about security practices at Twitter. A whistleblower alleges that a Chinese agent was on Twitter's payroll and that management routinely ignored warnings about data security. Also in the show, US inflation hovers near 40-year highs.
Musk has vowed not to move forward with the acquisition, leading to a legal battle with the social media giant.
A video circulating on Twitter erroneously suggests that US military bomber jets were seen flying over eastern Germany earlier this week, feeding Russian allegations of US "sabotage" of the Nord Stream pipelines. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
ust two weeks before going to trial, Elon Musk has agreed to follow through with his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. The billionaire entrepreneur had tried to call off the takeover just days after announcing it in April. Twitter shares soared as the news was confirmed.
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