Twitter will lock the account of anyone who changes their name to Elon Musk, and Twitter users are scratching their heads as to why. Give it a try. It’s fun!
It has been a few weeks since Elon Musk shocked the world with his latest innovation: calling a bona fide hero who rescued some actual kids a pedophile because he didn’t like his sub that didn’t rescue any kids at all. Since then, Musk and his tone deaf and puzzling Twitter personality has been endlessly mocked online, and most of all on Twitter. One Twitter account, @AlexQArbuckle, changed his handle to Italian Elon Musk and Tweeted out Tweets making fun of Elon Musk as a stereotypical Italian American with gems such as “I just a invent a new fruit, I call it a da “tomato”!! I come up a with this all by myself!! Ohhh disruptiano!!” which swiftly got scrubbed off Twitter. It was then replaced by French Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is such a petty bastard that he got an Italian spoof account of his banned from Twitter. How naive of him to think that will stop the internet from mocking him
Rise French Élon Musque and take your Italian brother's place! pic.twitter.com/aNbmt5fRtG
— Culture Shots (@hjvinke) July 28, 2018
And other regions of Musk have joined in.
My friends: [discussing colleges, Jobs, etc.]
Me: omg French Elón Musque is arguing with Irish Elon Musk rn lol pic.twitter.com/rmG3G08fv6
— spence (@localhero3000) July 28, 2018
I sent a car into space!! I don't pay taxes!! Hahaha!!
— South African Elon Musk (@saelonmusk) July 28, 2018
This led Twitter, at the influence of forces heretofore unknown, to lock the Twitter account of anyone who changes their name to Elon Musk!
If you put "Elon Musk" in your handle, the very next Twitter screen you click to will be a notice that your account has been locked.
They have the technology to clamp down on Nazis using Nazi buzzwords to organize. They could do that. They chose not to. pic.twitter.com/diDjfW1DpG
— April Daniels (@1aprildaniels) July 29, 2018
The change is instantaneous. I know, because I tried to do it myself. You change your name to Elon Musk and immediately you have to prove you’re not a bot. Alllright then. Weird. And specific.
Twitter claims that this action is meant to protect against scammers and bots — especially scammers who try to cheat you out of your precious cryptocurrency. This does seem to fly in the face of, as @aprildaniels points out, all of Twitter’s other actions. Bots attempting to influence everyone from public opinion to just trying to sell you porn run amuck on the website — not to mention countless fake profiles of the president.
Although, once you prove you’re not a robot, it lets you keep the Elon Musk name. All of this seems like a subtle dance to prove Twitter is doing something about the unholy scourge of pretending to be Elon Musk online.
Of course, John McAfee and Bill Gates are also banned, so there’s some credit to this idea. Still the idea that Elon Musk was so mad at Italian Elon Musk that he banned all uses of his name. It’s both delicious and, given the kind of sensitivity that made him call a hero a pedophile… not the most unlikely, right?
Think once, Tweet twice [do it]
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2018
Real Elon Musk, take a break from the internet. Yeesh. You still called the guy who rescued the kids a pedophile. Let people pretend you’re a French Chef or whatever.
What do you think of Twitter’s new Elon Musk policy? Do you think Musk himself called for it? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.