Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin complained about verified scammers on Twitter impersonating him.
So many scam accounts have blue checkmarks these days.
Seems like a complete failure of blue checkmarks in their current form. I’m definitely seeing the wisdom of turning third twitter into an open API and letting parties try to make the best UIs to solve these problems. pic.twitter.com/CIwAdpRAkv
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) October 1, 2022
“There are so many blue-tick scammers these days. Seems like a complete failure in their current format,” he wrote.
As confirmation of his words, Buterin attached a screenshot of a verified account, which was renamed vitalik.eth. The profile of the real co-founder of Ethereum is also named, only the login is different. The “clone” allegedly distributes ETH.
“I definitely think it makes sense to move Twitter to an open API and let third parties try to make a better user experience to address these issues,” Buterin wrote.
Earlier, Twitter was flooded with fake Ethereum co-founder profiles that advertised fraudulent cryptocurrency giveaways ahead of The Merge update activation. Then Buterin ridiculed the situation.
Recall that in April, Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $43 billion. Initially, Twitter management did not appreciate offer, but later revised the position, approving a deal for $44 billion. Buterin supported the idea of taking over the company.
In May, Musk put the deal on hold after reports of inflated social media audience numbers. Twitter shareholders sued him over the “chaotic process” of the company’s takeover.
In July, the billionaire announced the termination of the agreement to acquire the social network. At the same time, he said that he was ready to conclude a deal on the original terms if Twitter disclosed the method of sampling 100 accounts and the method of confirming their authenticity.
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