The Elon Musk-led social media company has verified an account posing as Jesus Christ on Twitter.
The account, along with the blue verification mark, features a cartoonish profile picture of ‘Jesus Christ’ pointing his right index finger and raising his left thumb with a wink and a smile.
Quest Times gathered that the Twitter handler got the blue badge after paying the $8 subscription fee.
With the username ‘@jesus’, the profile has garnered 844k followers at the time of filing this report.
Featuring “Carpenter, Healer, God” as its bio, the account was created in October 2006.
“On Twitter, I’m Jesus. In real life, I’m not. I started the Twitter account with the handle “@Jesus” back in 2006. I just thought it would be funny to post tweets around the holidays like Christmas and Easter. It’s satirical. I post things like ‘Don’t call it a comeback’ right after Easter to joke about Jesus rising again,” the user told Business Insider.
Twitter verification tools
Twitter recently launched two new verification tools but “killed” one of them hours later in a messy start to Musk’s campaign to revamp the influential platform following his $44 billion buyout.
The social media platform unveiled its long-awaited Twitter Blue subscription service, which allows users to pay $7.99 (approximately $8) per month for a coveted blue tick, as well as a separate grey “official” badge for some high-profile accounts.
But the new grey label was almost immediately scrapped, overshadowing the launch of Twitter Blue, which is currently only available on the mobile app on iPhones and in the United States.
“I just killed it,” Musk tweeted hours after the new tag was added to government accounts, big companies and major media outlets.
“Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn’t,” the South African-born billionaire added.