Elon Musk Warned By Massachusetts Senator Over Twitter Impersonation: 'Fix Your Companies. Or Congress Will'

Elon Musk Warned By Massachusetts Senator Over Twitter Impersonation: 'Fix Your Companies. Or Congress Will'

Twitter CEO Elon Musk was warned Sunday by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to "fix" the companies he runs or the government's legislative arm would do it for him.

What Happened: The interaction between the senator and Musk occurred on Twitter after a Washington Post reporter impersonated Markey on the platform.

"One of your companies is under an FTC [Federal Trade Commission] consent decree. Auto safety watchdog [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] is investigating another for killing people," wrote Markey.

"You're spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies. Or Congress will."

Markey had written a letter to Musk "asking for answers" from Musk. The Massachusetts senator said Musk put "profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation."

The political leader shared the letter on Twitter and in response, Musk said, "Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?"

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Why It Matters: Washington Post reporter Geoffrey Fowler wrote on Friday that he impersonated Markey after obtaining permission from the senator.

The journalist said that the fake account was only suspended after the real senator sent Musk the letter on Friday.

In early November, Musk, who also heads Tesla Inc TSLA and SpaceX and is the founder of Neuralink and The Boring Company,  rolled out Twitter's blue verification badge to anyone willing to pay $8.

"Power to the people. Your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you follow," said Musk at the time.

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