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An anonymous Twitter user who has been impersonating Jesus for 16 years purchased a blue checkmark in response to Elon Musk’s recently-suspended changes to the verification policy of Twitter.
According to a recent interview, the user stated that he created the @Jesus satirical account with almost 900,000 followers in 2006 to try to bring humor to the platform. He also claimed that he obtained the blue cheque to show “how absurd the new verification system is.”
The user stated that he had previously applied for verification and was rejected. However, Elon Musk changed the verification rules so that you could subscribe to Twitter Blue and purchase a verified check. This made it clear that it was finally his time. It was instant. I purchased the Twitter Blue subscription and was verified after I confirmed Apple Pay and reopened Twitter.
In 2009, Twitter introduced the blue check verification system. It required celebrities and politicians to verify their identity in order to prevent impersonations.
Musk’s redesign of the process that allowed users to buy verification for $7.99 per monthly was apparently suspended after “verified users” were pretending to have been LeBron James, ex-President George W. Bush, and Eli Lilly & Co., according The Wall Street Journal.
Experts raised serious concerns about breaking the verification system which helped Twitter’s 238,000,000 daily users to determine if the accounts they were receiving information from were genuine.
On April 26, 2022 in Paris, Elon Musk’s Twitter account appears on an iPhone screen. (Chesnot/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Musk tweeted Monday, “Hold off the relaunch Blue Verified until there’s high confidence in stopping impersonation.” “Will likely use a different color check for individuals than organizations.”
The user behind @Jesus stated that he had “In a manner, I verified Jesus’ account to show how absurd is the new system for verification” It’s almost like I’m not Jesus. It’s not like he has a Twitter account. So why can I be verified? It’s absurd.”
Another user stated that Twitter users routinely sent him hate mail and prayer requests. He also noted that he was ill-equipped to respond.
“The requests come in from all over the world, and in many different languages. “I will sometimes send you a message that is encouraging or helpful, but I am not a psychologist and do not have the credentials to handle this type of situation,” he stated.
An anonymous Twitter user who created the parody @Jesus account claimed to have received both death threats as well as earnest prayers requests in his inbox. (Getty Images)
The user explains how accused him of blasphemy, and sent him messages saying that he was going to hell and that they were going to kill him. He believes that his account isn’t blasphemous since it is clear that he doesn’t pretend to be Jesus.
“But I want people know that I am just trying to have fun and joke around. This isn’t Banksy-level performance artwork. He said that he was not making any big statements (except about how easy it is now to get verified via Twitter).