The new age of Twitter is upon us, and with it, fake verified Twitter accounts looking to impersonate actual verified individuals have been popping up.
On Wednesday, a verified user changed their name and profile to impersonate Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid. They used this new identity to “announce” that McDavid had been traded to the New York Islanders.
The now-deleted Tweet said the following—
“I have officially been traded to the New York Islanders, but i will always be thankful for my time at Edmonton and the support i’ve gotten throughout the years. It’s onto better and greater things in long island now! #LetsGoOilers #Isles”
I left the spelling mistakes in to show just how awful the Tweet is. It’s ON Long Island. The user has since been suspended from Twitter.
Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, will is charging $8/month for verifications on the platform. This user likely bought a verification and then changed his name to get a rise of people. Musk says any Twitter accounts impersonating other people must clearly specify that they are a parody.
Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022
The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline is going to be a nightmare.