The $8 Twitter Blue subscription program is off to a great start, with users impersonating major game companies like Nintendo and Rockstar Games, and making fake announcements like GTA 6 reveal next week.
For the uninitiated, Elon Musk rolled out the controversial paid subscription program that allows users to pay for blue checkmarks without having to go through a verification process. The results are just about what you’d expect.
Fake GTA 6 reveal announcement is just the start
To be fair, the accounts in question are being suspended and taken down fairly quickly, but not without starting a ruckus and causing headaches for companies. A fake Twitch account that appears to be genuine tweeted a very generous payment program for partners and affiliates, and both the tweet and the account are still up at the time of this writing.
Why.. just why.. pic.twitter.com/DlAbaOypTz
— Glep (@ItsGlep) November 9, 2023
Elsewhere, Valve was impersonated and the Twitter Blue user behind the account announced a fake competitive platform. The Twitter handles are carefully misspelled to throw viewers off. To forewarn our readers, there isn’t a Half-Life 3 in development.
Not to give any ideas, but it’s only a matter of time before someone announces Bloodborne 2.
Musk has indicated that he’s willing to pull features that don’t work well.