Elon Musk is now publicly feuding with a sitting US senator on Twitter

Elon Musk’s reign over Twitter has been tumultuous, to say the least. Verified fake accounts It’s going on fast. advertiser leaving in droves. About half the company is done so far laid off,

Yet Musk has been tweeting through it, mocking the situation in response to right-wing influencers and others who support him.

However, on Sunday, Musk took his Twitter fun and games a step further by taunting a sitting US senator on stage.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) deployment of A tweet on Friday requested that Elon Musk explain what his company plans to do about all the fake accounts on Twitter. Since Musk’s $8 Twitter Blue membership allowed any paying user to be verified, Twitter has been flooded with accounts impersonating major brands and individuals. Some companies have already left the platform on this issue.

san marque requested after notice a Washington Post The reporter was able to create a fake verified account impersonating the senator himself.

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Sen. Markey wrote, “A @WashingtonPost reporter was able to create a verified account impersonating me — I’m demanding answers from @elonmusk who is profiting off people & he owes it to stop misinformation.” “Twitter should explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.”

Musk answered Sunday morning: “Maybe it’s because your real account sounds like a parody?”

“And your P.P. [profile pic] There’s a mask!?,” Kasturi followedReferring to the disposable surgical mask Sen. Markey is wearing in his Twitter avatar photo.

Lot’s of answer quickly for oysters spiked Getting out it’s probably not in his best interest to feud with a sitting US senator who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Sen. Markey specifically sits on the Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband; Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security; and the Subcommittee on Space and Science – all of which could potentially provide regulatory oversight over several of Musk’s businesses, such as Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX.

“Are you suggesting that the senator will abuse his political power to attack me?” Musk shot back on one of the answers.

Of course, this is not what people are suggesting. In fact, Senator Markey later retorted to Musk, to clarify what the issue is here.

“One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time fighting battles online,” Sen. Markey deployment ofquoting Musk’s tweet. “Fix your companies. Or Congress will.”

The senator is referring to a 2011 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirement that Twitter not establish policies or features that “preserve and protect the security, privacy, confidentiality, or integrity of any non-public consumer information.” misrepresent the “limit to do”. twitter first have paid $150 million fine for violating the FTC consent decree.

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An FTC spokesperson said, “We are following recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.” Told one in Statement Last week. “No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow the rules of our consent.”

Senator Markey also referenced the ongoing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Investigation at Tesla regarding the increasing number of car accidents involving drivers engaged in the vehicle’s Autopilot feature.

Kasturi will likely continue to take on his critics on Twitter. Eventually, though, it just might catch on to it.

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