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Twitter’s Verification Controversy: Legal Perspective from Todd Friedman

In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding Twitter’s blue check mark verification system and the Twitter Blue subscription service, renowned attorney Todd Friedman was recently asked by the LA Times to weigh in on this unfolding situation.

Twitter, under the leadership of its new owner Elon Musk, has been scrutinized for offering high-profile users like LeBron James and Stephen King free Twitter Blue subscriptions, allowing them to retain their blue check marks without payment. This has sparked a debate about the possible violation of the FTC Act and the Lanham Act.

Friedman, a notable consumer rights advocate, provides a different perspective. He likens Musk’s actions to a store manager giving freebies to his friends. Friedman says it’s not necessarily a violation of consumer rights: the check mark indicates that the user is subscribed to Twitter Blue, not that they paid for it.

Friedman’s interpretation of this language brings a fresh viewpoint to the discussion, emphasizing that the nuance of the term “subscribed” does not necessarily imply “paid.” His take underscores the complexity lying at the intersection of technology, law, and ethics in the digital age. As the situation at Twitter continues to unfold, his insights will provide much-needed clarity for those of us who want to know more about the potential legal implications involved.

About Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman is a respected attorney specializing in consumer rights. His firm’s focus includes, but is not limited to, false advertising, misrepresentation, and consumer protection issues. Friedman’s expertise and knowledge have provided tremendous value to his clients in matters related to technology and consumer rights.

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