Twitter is cracking down on fake accounts- finally. There’s been a long-time practice of scam artists and bots who impersonate high-profile people. In the crypto space, this is a common doing to scam users out of their coins. Bots will pretend to be people like Elon Musk giving away free coins in return for a small “investment” and promising to send them back a larger amount, which doesn’t happen.
Twitter has now started to ban users who have unverified accounts and change their display name to Elon Musk. Users must now verify their identity with a CAPTCHA test and a phone number verification if they try to use a display name identical to a significant and influential person. They’re currently testing this with Elon Musk.
Recently Musk tweeted about the “mad skillz” scam bots have at pretending to be him and scam his fan base. This then triggered a response from Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum, who also is plagued with scam bots. He even added “Not giving away ETH” to his display name to warn followers.
I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2018
I do wish @elonmusk's first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots……..@jack help us please? Or someone from the ETH community make a layer 2 scam filtering solution, please? https://t.co/biVRshZmne
— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) July 9, 2018
Twitter has told The Verge that they’re “testing new measure to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam campaigns.”
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