Sen. Markey Calls For End To Failed Big Tech Self-Regulation After Musk Snub

Musk had yet to respond to Markey's latest tweet as of the time of writing. It's difficult to predict whether the senator's call will result in legislative action, especially with the House of Representatives and Senate divided.

Sen. Markey Calls For End To Failed Big Tech Self-Regulation After Musk Snub - RAVZGADGET
Sen. Markey Calls For End To Failed Big Tech Self-Regulation After Musk Snub.

Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is calling on Congress to pass new legislation to rein in Big Tech companies after Twitter CEO, Elon Musk ignored an information request.

“Elon Musk could respond to my tweets but failed to respond to my letter by yesterday’s deadline and answer basic questions about Twitter verification,” Markey tweeted Saturday.

“Congress must end the era of failed Big Tech self-regulation and pass laws that put user safety over the whims of billionaires.”

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Musk had until November 25th to respond to a letter sent by the senator on November 11th regarding Twitter’s paid account verification feature. Trolls used the new Twitter Blue service to impersonate celebrities, politicians, and brands during its initial rollout.

After The Washington Post created a “verified” account impersonating Musk, Markey sent him a list of questions about the launch. Musk attacked Markey on Twitter the day after he shared a copy of the letter.

“Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody,” Musk tweeted. “And why does your pp have a mask!?” he added a few hours later, referring to Markey’s profile picture, which shows the policymaker wearing a face covering.

The exchange prompted Markey to chastise the billionaire, saying, “One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies. Or Congress will.”

Musk had yet to respond to Markey’s latest tweet as of the time of writing. It’s difficult to predict whether the senator’s call will result in legislative action, especially with the House of Representatives and Senate divided.

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When Musk announced Twitter’s new verification system on Friday, he appeared to answer at least one of Markey’s questions. The program’s most recent version will include manual authentication and different colored check marks for different types of users.

“Gold check for companies, grey check for government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before check activates,” he said.

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