Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims her Twitter account suffered after Elon Musk feud

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Wednesday that her Twitter account was experiencing technical problems after an online dispute with The new owner and CEO of TwitterElon Musk.

The representative of the New York Democrats supposed Wednesday that her “Twitter reports/notifications don’t work easily.” Followed with a second tweet On Thursday she claimed her account’s “Verified” tab, which should be populated with tweets from verified creators, appeared blank.

“This is what my app looks like since my tweet upset you yesterday,” he wrote. “What’s good? Doesn’t sound like much of a free speech to me.”

The back-and-forth began Tuesday, when Ocasio-Cortez he tweeted her disgust that a “billionaire [is] trying hard to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan,” referring to an announcement by Musk that the platform was considering charging users for verification status.

“Power to the people! Blue for $8/mo”, Mask He wrotereferring to Twitter’s current blue check mark system as the “lords and peasants system”.

Musk argued that charging users for their badge would allow the platform a revenue stream to reward content creators, and that those who spend extra money would have access to additional in-app benefits such as priority replies, reports, searches , extended video and audio posting privileges and reduced ads.

Musk he answered in Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, writing: “Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8.”

Shortly after the exchange, Musk he tweeted a photo of a sweatshirt available on Ocasio-Cortez’s website, circling the $58 price tag. Ocasio-Cortez quote-tweet the dig, writing, “My workers are unionized, make a living wage, have full health care, and are not subject to racist treatment in their workplaces,” citing lawsuits filed against Tesla by black employees of the company.

“Items are made in the USA. The AOC team honors and respects the workers. You should try it sometime instead of busting the union,” he added.

In 2021, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Musk to delete an anti-union tweet and ordered Tesla to rehire a union supporter who had been fired.

In her initial allegation of application-specific difficulties on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Just a reminder that money won’t [buy] your way out of insecurity, guys.”

While Musk didn’t immediately respond, his Twitter bio currently reads “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator.”

CBS News reached out to Twitter for comment.

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