by Simon Baxendale
Twitter has famously been making strides to turn around claims of scams and harassment on its platform over the past few years, and has most famously in just the past week or so removed thousands of fake users from their database – this has meant that famous users, too, have felt the pinch, with some stars noticing their follower ranks going down by a percentage. It’s all in the name of tightening up the social platform’s security, and to help safeguard its users against scams – and with news that cryptocurrency scamming has been on the rise via social media in recent times, it appears that Twitter has taken a rather interesting option – to ban people using famous names outright in an attempt to crack down on potentially malicious users or scam artists.
One such famous name who has been in the Twitter headlines recently for other reasons is entrepreneur Elon Musk, according to Gizmodo. Following rumors and reports that changing your name to that of the businessman and SpaceX CEO would result in your account being locked, this was tested by a number of users – and lo and behold, doing so will require you to confirm that you are who you say you are. This means that, while it’s previously been fairly easy to change your name to whatever you wish – a statement, a joke, a celebrity name – Twitter is no longer messing around in this regard. If you’re pretending to be Elon Musk, you’d better be able to prove that you’re him by verifying a phone number and completing their CAPTCHA form. It’s added security, it seems, in an attempt to prevented automated scammers and potential fraudsters from using the platform to attack innocent users.
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A representative for Twitter has indeed advised, via The Verge, that they are undergoing some changes to security measures. “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.”
Twitter is serious about spam – while spam accounts may evolve and get more sophisticated over time, the social network is having absolutely none of it. Fancy changing your name to Elon Musk? Better verify your personal number – or you’re locked out.