So sue me for laughing: There has been no lack of drama since Elon Musk made his bid to purchase out Twitter. The newest information that Musk desires out of the deal has the whole factor in query however has additionally set the stage for a slightly humorous prank that has gone viral.
On Saturday, satirist High Yield Harry posted a meme to Twitter that learn, “Elon Musk: ‘I’m terminating my deal to purchase Twitter,'” adopted by a screenshot exhibiting Musk account had been suspended. He additionally added a hyperlink to the @elonmusk account in query that does certainly present that it’s suspended.
Of course, anybody who follows Musk is aware of he was by no means suspended and that the account within the meme cleverly makes use of the Twitter font to its benefit by swapping out the lowercase L in Elon with an uppercase i. So, @elonmusk (actual) and @eIonmusk (pretend) look the identical even in TechSpot’s Arial font.
Elon Musk: “I’m terminating my deal to purchase Twitter.”
— High Yield Harry (@HighyieldHarry) July 9, 2022
The hoax went viral when unsuspecting victims retweeted the meme, saying Twitter had suspended Musk out of spite for backing out of the deal. As of now, the submit has over 18,000 retweets and obtained greater than 136,000 likes.
Twitter confirmed that the account the tweet linked to was not Elon Musk’s official Twitter however an previous account suspended for impersonation. As one would suspect, some of us tried to sic the misinformation police on High Yield Harry, however Twitter declined to take motion, stating that it doesn’t flag satire or parody tweets as misinfo. It additionally doesn’t forbid posts that hyperlink or seek advice from impersonated accounts.
So, for now, High Yield Harry is secure from those that want Twitter to inform them what’s true and what’s misinformation. Meanwhile, Elon might be laughing his butt off over a troll submit that rivals his personal.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2022
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