Elon Musk Chides Twitter Over NFT Profile Pictures, Calling The Move BullSh*t

Elon Musk Chides Twitter Over NFT Profile Pictures, Calling The Move BullSh*t

Tesla Inc. TSLA CEO Elon Musk chided social media company Twitter Inc. TWTR over the introduction of verified non fungible token profile pictures on its platform in a series of tweets on Friday.

What Happened: "This is annoying," Musk said, sharing a screenshot of Twitter's announcement of the news, adding he couldn't believe "Twitter is spending engineering resources on this bs while crypto scammers are throwing a spambot block party in every thread!?"


Why It Matters: Twitter introduced the feature, which had been announced months earlier, on Thursday. Hashtags such as #NewNFTProfilePic and #twitterdown trended in the aftermath as the feature reportedly found widespread popularity.

Musk's comment comes in the context that cryptocurrency scams have been widespread over the years on Twitter.

Verified profiles, carrying blue check marks, are often hacked with the display names changed to resemble that of influencers like Musk or Ethereum ETH/USD co-founder Vitalik Buterin — and then used to promote scams.

The scammers typically ask Twitter users to send cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin BTC/USD, Ethereum or Dogecoin DOGE/USD to specific wallet addresses, promising to multiply their investments and return.

Musk isn't the only one criticizing Twitter over the move. Bitcoin developer Peter Todd earlier chided Twitter over centralization concerns with the move.

Price Action: Twitter shares traded 0.75% lower in the pre-market session at $37 on Friday.

Photo: Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

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