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- Celebrities have criticized Elon Musk for his plans to remove legacy verified ticks from April 1.
- William Shatner called Twitter Blue a “money grab,” while Jason Alexander said he’d quit the site.
- Monica Lewinsky shared screenshots of Twitter users impersonating her.
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Shatner, known for portraying Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” tweeted at Musk, telling him he’d been on Twitter for 15 years giving his time and “witty thoughts all for bupkis.”
Musk responded to Shatner, saying that celebrities should be treated the same as everyone else on Twitter.
Shatner replied to the billionaire, saying: “Somewhere, Twitter lost its way.”
The actor said blue checkmarks were “guardrails to legitimacy; not meaningless status symbols.” He added that Twitter doesn’t stop another William Shatner from being verified with the subscription service.
Shatner said Twitter Blue seemed to be a “money grab.”
“There’s nothing wrong with money grabs if you are clear upfront. You aren’t,” he said.
“Well this is going to be fun,” Lewinsky tweeted.
“In what universe is this fair to people who can suffer consequences for being impersonated?” she wrote in a following tweet. ” A lie travels half way around the world before truth even gets out the door.”
She then shared her Instagram handle in a Twitter post.
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The American actor tweeted that although there were bigger problems in the world than having a blue tick on Twitter, anyone could allege to be him.
“So, if I lose that tick know I will leave this platform,” Alexander said. “Anyone appearing with it=an imposter. I tell you this while I’m still official.”
Urban wrote in a tweet that he would lose his blue tick on Twitter because he was “opposed to spending money on social media.”
The New Zealand actor told his followers to be careful about “imposters and money soliciting scams.”
“I will never ask you for money on any social media platform,” Urban said.
He added that he was going “checkless.”
“This is not a good for scam or fraud prevention. Scammers can pay as they make money from it,” Lewis, founder of the MoneySavingExpert platform, tweeted.
Lewis later shared that he had signed up for Twitter Blue, but his decision wasn’t a recommendation or support for Musk’s new feature.
“I’m in a peculiar position that scammers commonly impersonate me to steal from the vulnerable, so I feel obligated to do it to reduce that risk,” Lewis said.
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“It’s more about treating everyone equally. There shouldn’t be a different standard for celebrities imo,” Musk told Shatner in a tweet.