Late-night host Jimmy Fallon had his first hitch with Elon Musk’s Twitter just weeks after the Tesla founder took over the social media platform.
“#RIPJimmyFallon” started trending Tuesday night, with Twitter users sharing posts and make memes about the comedian’s faked death. The hash tag worried fans and the Saturday Night Live alum himself. Fallon, who is alive, wasn’t happy.
“Elon, can you fix this? #RIPjimmy Fallon,” he tweeted Tuesday.
According to a note previously displayed with Fallon’s tweet, “One user took advantage of Elon Musk’s product change that allowed anyone to have a verified account for $8 to create an account that looks like the official @FallonTonight account looked like”.
Fallon reached out to Musk for help but didn’t tag him and received no response as of Wednesday. Instead of offering an immediate solution, SpaceX founder Fallon responded with a joking reply.
“Fix what?” his first tweet said early Wednesday.
“Wait, how do we know you’re not an alien body thief pretending to be Jimmy!?” Musk wrote in another reply Wednesday afternoon. “Say something only the real Jimmy would say…”
Fallon hasn’t responded to Musk yet. The comedian’s Twitter troubles come amid ongoing issues with fact checking and verification on Twitter — which have worsened since Musk took over in late October.
Among his first steps, Musk rolled out a revamped Twitter Blue, a new subscription plan where users pay $8 a month to become a verified account. As a result, some users started impersonating official accounts, which caused negative consequences for some businesses.
On the other hand, users who were already verified before Twitter Blue’s new incarnation have complained that they can’t change their usernames after this functionality was temporarily frozen.
Among them was singer Doja Cat. Last week, the “Say So” musician jokingly updated her display name to “Christmas,” but when she tried to change it to something else, she ran into some trouble and turned to Musk for help.
“I don’t want to be Christmas forever please help me I made a mistake @elonmusk.” she tweeted.
“You should now be able to change your name,” Musk tweeted, also days after the Grammy winner threw expletives at him.
The new era of Twitter under Musk has caused some celebrities to reconsider their relationship with the social media platform. Some – including Shonda Rhimes and Toni Braxton – said they were parting ways with Twitter. Others, like conservative actor Kevin Sorbo and comedian Terrence K. Williams, said they’re sticking with it.
“I’m not leaving Twitter,” Williams tweeted last week.
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