Twitter Will lock Your Account If You Change the Display Name to “Elon Musk”

Twitter Will lock Your Account If You Change the Display Name to "Elon Musk" Security & Privacy Social Media

I just found a 100% effective way to cut back on my time wasted on Twitter.

In what is very likely a response to scammers impersonating the South African billioniare, Twitter is now automatically suspending all accounts that have the user name "Elon Musk".

According to The Verge, this is intended to fight cryptocurrency scammers.

If you have a non-verified account that is not associated with a phone number, changing your display name to that of the SpaceX and Tesla CEO will result in an immediate lock out. Twitter will then ask you to pass a CAPTCHA test, as well as provide a phone number, to regain access.

“As part of our continuing efforts to combat spam and malicious activity on our service, we’re testing new measures to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam campaigns. We are continually refining these detections based on changes in spammy activity,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement given to The Verge. The company declined to comment on whether the measure has been put in place for any other public figure’s Twitter account.

I tested this report, and I can confirm it is true. I am locked out of my main Twitter account. Twitter is insisting that I provide a cell phone number which I may or may not give them. (I want to see how long I can go without using Twitter.)

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Tom27 July, 2018

    might also work if you change it to “Donald Trump”?

    Reply
  2. So how long was it? An hour? Two hours?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder27 July, 2018

      I never really got a chance to test it; my account was unlocked by the time I got up this morning.

      Reply
  3. Mike Cane27 July, 2018

    >>I just found a 100% effective way to cut back on my time wasted on Twitter.

    Be a damn man and just quit that garbage.

    Reply

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