Connor McDavid not traded to Islanders, despite ‘verified’ parody account tweet
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid tweeted that he had been traded to the New York Islanders.
In November 2022, the user behind a new Twitter account with the handle @cmcdavid97___ appeared to impersonate Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and tweeted that he was being traded to the New Islanders York.
However, this was not true.
“I have officially been traded to the New York Islanders, but I will always be grateful for my time in Edmonton and the support I have received over the years,” the tweet read. “Now it’s time for better and bigger things on Long Island! #LetsGoOilers #Isles.”
The account owner appeared to have paid for Twitter’s new service that provided a verification mark badge, which looked just like verification badges in the past. The symbol made the supposed news seem more believable. @cmcdavid97___’s bio identified the account as posting “parody.”
New Twitter owner Elon Musk previously said he would “permanently suspend any account on the social media platform that impersonates another,” he said. The Associated Press.
The satirical account was soon suspended, but not before the tweet received thousands of engagements. It’s unclear how long the tweet was visible, but it appeared to be available for at least an hour.
Earlier in the day, Musk had he tweeted“Be aware that Twitter will be doing a lot of stupid things in the coming months. We’ll keep what works and change what doesn’t.”
For further reading, we previously reported on how two other “spoof” accounts also paid for a verification brand badge and had every appearance of impersonation. lebron james and ESPN analyst Adam Schefter.
Bajak, Frank. “Musk threatens to rip off copycats from Twitter account”. The Associated Press7 Nov. 2022, https://apnews.com/article/elon-musk-twitter-impersonators-ban-6c5cc834a38a29a6fb38e4a85441a3a1.
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