Late night host Jimmy Fallon had his first problem with Elon Musk’s Twitter just weeks after The founder of Tesla has taken over the social media platform.
“#RIPJimmyFallon” trended Tuesday night as Twitter users shared messages and creating memes about the fake death of a comedian. Hashtag concerned fans and a “Saturday Night Live” alum himself. Fallon, who is still alive, was not happy.
“Ilon, can you fix this? #RIPjimmy Fallon,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
According to the message, which was previously displayed alongside Fallon’s tweet, “a user took advantage of Elon Musk’s product change allowing anyone to have a verified account for $8 to create an account that appeared to be official @FallonTonight.”
Fallon asked Musk for help, but didn’t tag him and didn’t hear back until Wednesday. Instead of offering an immediate solution, the SpaceX founder responded to Phelan with a humorous response.
“What to fix?” him the first tweet said early Wednesday.
“Wait, how do we know you’re not an alien body snatcher posing as Jimmy!?” Musk wrote in another reply Wednesday afternoon. “Say what only the real Jimmy would say…”
Fallon has yet to respond to Musk. The comedian’s problems with Twitter come amid ongoing fact-checking and verification issues at Twitter, which have worsened since Musk’s takeover in late October.
Among his first steps, Musk unveiled a revamped Twitter Blue, a new subscription plan where users pay $8 a month to be a verified account. As a result, some users began impersonating official accounts, which caused negative consequences for some companies.
On the other hand, users who were already verified before the new incarnation of Twitter Blue complained about not being able to change their usernames after the feature was temporarily frozen.
Among them was singer Doge Kat. The “Say So” musician jokingly changed her display name to “Christmas” last week, but when she tried to change it to something else, she ran into trouble and turned to Musk for help.
“I don’t want to be Christmas forever please help I made a mistake @elonmusk” – she wrote on Twitter.
“You should be able to change your name now,” Musk tweeted days after the Grammy winner. hurled abuse in his direction.
Twitter’s new era under Musk has brought out some celebrities reconsider your relationship with a social media platform. Some, including Shonda Rhimes and Toni Braxton, have said they are leaving Twitter. Others, such as conservative actor Kevin Sorbo and comedian Terrence K. Williams, said they would stay.
“I’m not leaving Twitter,” Williams wrote last week.