Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Wednesday that her Twitter account was experiencing technical issues following an online disagreement withElon Musk.
New York Democratic Rep. alleged Wednesday that his “mentions/notifications” on Twitter aren’t working as they should. She followed up with a second Tweeter Thursday who claimed that the “Verified” tab of his account, which should be populated with tweets from verified creators, appeared empty.
“This is what my app looks like since my tweet upset you yesterday,” she wrote. “What is good? It doesn’t seem very free to me.
The back and forth began on Tuesday, when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted his disgust that a “billionaire [is] seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan,” referencing an announcement by Musk that the platform was considering .
“Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” Musk wrotereferring to Twitter’s current blue tick system as a “lords and peasants system”.
Musk argued that charging users for their badge would allow the platform a revenue stream with which to reward content creators, and that those who shell out extra cash would gain access to additional in-app perks, such as priority in replies, mentions, searches, extended video and audio posting privileges, and reduced ads.
Musk replied to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, writing, “Your feedback is appreciated, pay $8 now.”
Shortly after the trade, Musk tweeted a photo of a sweatshirt available on Ocasio-Cortez’s website, circling the $58 price tag. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted quote the dig, writing: ‘My workers are unionized, earn a living wage, have comprehensive health care and are not subjected to racist treatment in the workplace,’ referencing that were filed against Tesla by black employees of the company.
“The items are made in the USA. The AOC team honors and respects the workers. You should try it once in a while instead of breaking the unions,” she added.
In 2021, the National Labor Relations Councilan anti-union tweet and ordered Tesla to rehire a union supporter who had been fired.
In his initial statement on app-specific difficulties on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Just a reminder that money will never be [buy] your way out of insecurity, folks.”
Although Musk didn’t respond directly, his tongue-in-cheek Twitter bio currently reads “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator.”
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