Tech billionaire Elon Musk mocked celebrities like Alyssa Milano who issued dire warnings about the changes in identity verification on Twitter.
Milano asked on Thursday if she had any legal recourse to sue Musk over the policy change.
“So by revoking my blue check mark because I wouldn’t pay some arbitrary fee, someone can just be me and say a bunch of bulls***. Does that mean Twitter and @elonmusk are liable for defamation or identity theft or fraud?” asked Milano.
Many pointed out that Milano has more than 3 million followers on Twitter, and it is unlikely that anyone will be fooled by a fake account pretending to be her with far fewer followers.
Milano’s plight was taken up by left-wing activist Ed Krassenstein on Friday.
“The attacks on Alyssa Milano are out of line. She brought up a concern I think a lot of celebrities have,” Krassenstein tweeted.
“While you may not agree with Milano’s take on this, she brings up choices that virtually every celebrity has to make,” he added.
He went on to say that celebrities didn’t want to pay the $8.00 a month charge to keep verification in order to take a principled stand against Elon Musk.
Musk responded with a joke.
“We’ve started a ‘save-a-celebrity fund’ to pay their $8. We take this matter very seriously,” he replied.
Krassenstein thought it was a good idea to have the public pay for celebrities’ blue check marks in order to preserve their liberal principles.
“LOL! Actually I think this could be a solution, even though I’m not sure if you are serious.” he responded.
“It’s a real thing,” Musk tweeted with two laughing emojis.
Other celebrities and online personalities have said they will leave Twitter completely because of the policy change.
Many on the the left have excoriated Musk and his defenders after he purchased the popular social media platform for $44 billion and promised to make the service more accountable to free speech principles.
Here’s more about the verification meltdown:
A-list celebs, news orgs and White House say they won’t pay for Twitter verificationwww.youtube.com
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