Twitter's "X" handle now belongs to Musk

Onur Demirkol
Jul 27, 2023

The @x Twitter handle's owner verified that the platform, which is now known as X, took over his account without giving him any prior notice or money in exchange, claiming the handle is X's property.

The corporate photography and videography company Orange Photography's Gene X Hwang had previously had the handle. The organization formerly known as Twitter congratulated Hwang for his devotion in a letter and extended an invitation to visit its headquarters and a selection of X merch as a "reflection of our appreciation."

Given the corporate rebranding, Hwang was surprised the company hadn't contacted him about the @x account he owned and had put it private. However, he stated he would be open to a conversation with the corporation if they desired the handle for themselves.

Image Credit: Mashable

When sold on secondary markets, popular online usernames typically fetch thousands of dollars in compensation. The handle was simply taken away from Hwang; nevertheless, it turns out that no monetary recompense was provided. Of course, Twitter is correct, but the conclusion is not ideal for the owner.

According to TechCrunch, Hwang received a letter from X informing him that since the @x account is connected to X Corp., he would be given a new handle. All of his information, including his followers, and following information, would be transferred to his new account, according to the business.

Alternatively, he might reply to the email and inform X of his preferred handle. In appreciation, the business gave him merchandise and an HQ tour if he wanted to meet the X team.

Twitter is working on changing its HQ sign to "X"

The company wanted to remove the Twitter logo from its San Francisco office as part of the rebranding process, but the cops prevented it. The equipment on the street apparently wasn't permitted. That is why the construction was stopped in the middle of the process.


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  1. owl said on July 28, 2023 at 10:27 am

    It is absurdly insane that “@X”, which has been in use since 2007, was unilaterally canceled without contacting the account owner, taken over by Twitter’s official account, and “not even financially compensated”.

    2 episodes related to that insane:
    Episode 1: Elon Musk says Twitter will soon only offer dark mode because it’s ‘better in every way’ – The Verge
    Episode 2: Tesla tampered with range-estimation software to inflate the range of its vehicles, Reuters reports
    Tesla’s secret team to suppress thousands of driving range complaints
    A person interviewed by Reuters testified that CEO Elon Musk was the one who directed the fraud.

    1. owl said on July 28, 2023 at 10:46 am

      one more episode,
      After the Department of Justice, the SEC, and the California DMV, the Golden State’s Attorney General Is Also Now Investigating Tesla’s FSD
      Quoting from the article:
      After sacrificing its industry-leading margins to maintain market share, Tesla is banking on unlocking the true potential of its Autopilot’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability to drive future profitability and growth. That rosy scenario, however, now appears increasingly jittery as federal and state authorities keep opening new investigations into the Autopilot’s safety and the attendant marketing strategies employed by Tesla.

  2. Elon said on July 28, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Why are Twitter and Musk ‘news’ on this web never critical? are you sponsored by Elon Musk?

    I think it is important to understand, that nothing you produce – not even your own account – is your property and this example of Musk personally taking over accounts he likes (the whole X thing is his pet project, so we can assume he is personally pushing this forward) just proves it. But hey, ghacks, I don’t want to offenct your sugar daddy!

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