Yahoo! Finance: Elon Musk’s giving out Twitter Blue for free. Experts say this could mean legal trouble

May 3, 2023

Many of those users did not pay for Twitter Blue, however, and were gifted the blue check by Musk. Musk confirmed in a tweet that he was personally paying for the blue checks of William Shatner, LeBron James and King.

This could violate federal law, said John Davisson, director of litigation and senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

“If you are trying to attain revenue by marketing a premium service on your social media platform, and you indicate that lots of famous celebrities and influencers with large follower accounts have paid for that product,” Davisson said, “that would be a misrepresentation about the product or service.”

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