Surely the real Mario would never do that! (pic: Twitter)
Twitter’s changes to its verification system means it’s now much easier to create a fake account and pretend you’re a major games company.
We’re not going to get into all the madness of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter because it’s all too depressingly stupid, but the changes in how the verified blue ticks work is currently causing turmoil because it’s made it much easier to fake an official account.
We assume this must be happening in all sorts of different areas, but in gaming it’s meant that for the paltry sum of £6.99 you can get a verified tick that makes it look like fake accounts for big name companies like Nintendo and Valve are real.
That’s led to not only a ton of fake news but things like the above image of Mario giving his fans the bird. The Twitter handle of @nintendoofus is obviously not real but the name was listed as Nintendo of America and by paying for the blue tick it suddenly looked official to casual observers.
This is not real (pic: Twitter)
Twitter does seem to have realised the problem, as the blue tick has been removed at time of writing, along with most of the Nintendo related posts, but otherwise the account is still up and running.
Naturally, this had led to all sorts of other tomfoolery, with a fake Rockstar Games account claiming that GTA 6 is going to be unveiled next week and a fake Valve one announcing Ricochet: Neon Prime.
At least they didn’t go straight to a Half-Life 3 reveal (pic: Twitter)
Then there’s a fake Twitch account that pretended that the controversial subscription model has been changed. At time of writing that one still has a blue tick, perhaps because the handle is @twitchparody
So far, most of the posts have been fairly good humoured but that could easily change and the Valve one in particular got thousands of likes by the end, presumably from people who thought it was real.
For a few hours yesterday there was an ‘Official’ tag for verified accounts, as well as just the blue tick, but that whole concept was ditched before the end of the day.
As long Elon Musk continues to act like Lex Luther’s idiot brother this sort of thing will likely continue, so be very careful about what news you choose to believe on Twitter, as it may not have come from the source you assume.
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