FACT CHECK: Is Elon Musk Implementing Special Verification For Jewish Twitter Users?
A post shared on Facebook purports Twitter CEO Elon Musk is implementing a verification system for Jewish users that places a star badge next to their name.
The claim is from a satirical account. Musk has not made any public comments about implementing a Twitter verification system for Jewish users.
Twitter appears to have lost more than one million users following Musk’s acquisition of the platform, according to MIT Technology Review. The Tesla CEO warned employees the company is possibly facing bankruptcy, amid a departure of privacy and security executives leaving the company, The Guardian reported.
The Facebook post purports Musk published a tweet about a verification system for Jewish users that would place a star badge next to their names on the social media platform.
“I am told by many of my biggest fans that this will promote public safety and enhance user experience,” the purported tweet from Musk reads in part.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Musk made such remarks about a verification system for Jewish Twitter users. Likewise, neither Musk nor Twitter Communications have publicly commented on the claim via their verified social media accounts. There is also no mention of the purported claim on Twitter’s company news blog.
The claim was published on Twitter by a satire account, @ArgumentsValid, which used Musk’s name and profile photo on its page. The account has since been suspended.
The suspension follows a Sunday tweet from Musk informing Twitter users that anyone “engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” according to CNN. (RELATED: Did Elon Musk Fire Twitter’s Policy Chief Live On Air?)
Check Your Fact has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
This is not the first false claim that’s been made about Twitter since Musk acquired the platform. Check Your Fact previously debunked a post claiming Twitter employees were protesting company layoffs following Musk’s takeover.