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A drunk pope? Ted Cruz the cannibal? Twitter parodies exploit new blue tick

By Matthew Cantor

10 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

In Twitter's latest issue, the social platform's new verification system has allowed anonymous accounts to pose as George W Bush, Tony Blair, OJ Simpson, and Elon Musk himself.

George W Bush “misses killing Iraqis”, and Tony Blair agrees. OJ Simpson says he did it. And Elon Musk is offering “free nightly dinners” and family vacations to anyone whose name happens to be that of his ex Grimes.

At least, that’s what these famous people appear to be saying on Twitter – and it must all be true, because they have a blue checkmark next to their names.

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