Twitter battles wave of impersonators after launching new paid verification system

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Twitter appears to be battling a wave of celebrity and corporate impersonators on its platform -

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- who have quickly gamed the company’s new paid verification system, hours after its launch.

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CNN has confirmed multiple verified Twitter accounts have been suspended by the platform

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after other users posted screenshots showing misleading content from the accounts.

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The fake verified accounts had posed as former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Nintendo of America, -

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- the basketball player LeBron James, the software company Valve and others.

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Before being suspended, the impostor Nintendo account tweeted an image of the video game character Mario giving the viewer the middle finger.

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The LeBron James account falsely claimed the athlete had requested a trade.

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The fake Trump account tweeted, “This is why Elon Musk’s plan doesn’t work.”

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Multiple Twitter users on Wednesday reported having easily created verified impostor accounts,

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though CNN was unable to independently confirm their responsibility in all cases.

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