Twitter's new paid blue tick spawns countless fake profiles, sowing chaos

We look at the fallout from Elon Musk’s pet project, Twitter’s new blue checkmark. The old blue tick was designed to mitigate the spread of disinformation. By contrast, since its rollout “Twitter blue” has spawned countless fake accounts, from Donald Trump and Tesla to Jesus. Now that anyone with $8 can buy verification without an ID check, it is harder than ever to tell truth from fake.


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