Former Twitter Employees busted In Scheme To Defraud Users Of Thousands Of Dollars – Musk Confirms Everything

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Elon Musk is overhauling Twitter, uncovering inside initiatives, and defining the usage of the social media platform.

Musk is debating some of his initiatives with Twitter’s founder. Musk and Jack Dorsey went back and forth about content moderation and misleading information on Twitter Sunday night, in the wake of the Tesla CEO’s acquisition of one of the world’s most-used social media platforms.

Dorsey, who created Twitter in 2006, responded to Musk’s tweet about Twitter needing to become the “most accurate source of information about the world.”

“accurate to who?” Dorsey asked. “As judged by the people of Twitter via Community Notes (formerly Birdwatch),” Musk responded.

“I still think… Birdwatch is a far better name And ‘more informative’ a far better goal,” Dorsey countered, leading both men to debate about the purpose of the feature and what it should be called.

“Not everything needs to have ‘bird’ in the name! Too many bird groups fighting each internally other at Twitter. Angry Birds,” Musk joked. Community Notes, which adds labels and context to potentially misleading tweets, was introduced as Birdwatch in 2021.

The feature began as a “community-based approach to misinformation” after the 2020 Presidential election. A tweet posted by the White House was infamously flagged last week for erroneously crediting Biden with increasing Social Security payments.

Dorsey’s exchange with Musk comes one day after the former CEO posted an introspective reflection about how he ran Twitter. “Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient,” Dorsey tweeted on Saturday. “They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment. I realize many are angry with me,” he continued. “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.”

Musk cut about half of the “too large” company’s 7,500 employees on Friday. Musk tweeted that Twitter’s layoffs were necessary because the company was losing more than $4 million per day.

Twitchy has reported on the activities of some of those who were let go, in regard to another major move by Musk which involves the new $7.99 subscription service that allows ordinary users to have blue checkmarks. The feature will reportedly be delayed until after Tuesday’s midterm elections. A Twitter manager told the New York Times that the launch of the subscription service is planned for Wednesday. “Your account will get a blue check mark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow,” the an IOS announcement read.

Twitchy noted:

“Full transparency, when we see claims like this made on Twitter we typically treat them with a grain of salt as there is no real way to verify these things. As if an ex-Twitter employee would admit they were holding verification ‘hostage’ for big bucks while outright denying verification to other accounts based on their political leanings.

That being said, we feel like this one may have some teeth to it … because Elon Musk actually responded.

Take a look: Twitter employees were selling verification for upwards of $15,000. For certain accounts, mine included, they would refuse to verify you through the standard application and then privately offer to verify you for $$ behind the scenes.

Investigation needed.

— Chairman (@WSBChairman) November 5, 2022

This is nuts.

Especially when you see Musk’s response:

Yup

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 5, 2022

HOLY COW.

Hey, we know there was likely some shady AF stuff going on at Twitter and we were pretty damn sure they were discriminating against certain people because they are conservatives … or you know, not batsh*t insane Lefties … but this?

WOW.

There’s more.

Most people upset about being able to pay $8 for verification are upset because they paid $15,000.

Far more people paid for verification than you would think. Whoever was running the operation must have made a killing.

— Chairman (@WSBChairman) November 5, 2022

If this is true, they were making a killing WHILE controlling who was most visible with those blue checks.

Yeah, an investigation should take place at the very least.

Oh, and here are some receipts:

Some receipts from just now pic.twitter.com/WXV8aEq4ds

— Chairman (@WSBChairman) November 5, 2022

Think we’re about to find out just how corrupt Big Tech really is.”

Musk has announced other sweeping changes to the platform, including the ability to attach long-form text to tweets, monetization for content creators, changes to Twitter’s search feature, and a pay-for-verification plan. Musk also doubled down on his plan to promote free speech on the platform.

“My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk,” Musk tweeted.

Musk referenced the subscription service while poking fun at comedian Kathy Griffin for being banned on his platform. Griffin changed her profile name to impersonate Musk, which violated the company’s policy against impersonation and parody accounts, Fox Business reports.

“Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian,” the SpaceX founder joked. But if she really wants her account back, she can have it,” he added. “For $8,”

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