Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o

At the end of last year the travails of Twitter reached a crescendo when Elon Musk came up with the idea of selling Twitter’s vaunted blue check marks. These marks were suppose to assure the veracity of the tweeter, but selling this badge for $8 had the opposite effect. Fake blue check marked accounts sprang up immediately and overwhelmingly their purpose was to impersonate real people and companies for purposes of excoriating them. Many of these impersonators were funny, but the one that I liked the most was Chiquita’s, because they were foolish enough to respond.

Fake @Chiquita: We’ve just overthrown the government of Brazil

Real @Chiquita answer: We apologize to those who have been served a misleading message from a fake Chiquita account. We have not overthrown a government since 1954.

We heard two local speakers. The first was the leader of an agricultural co-op and the other was a naturalist who is trying to save the most endangered monkey. While, neither man had any kind words for Chiquita, I think that they would differ on what corrective actions to take.

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