Elon Musk doesn’t seem amused by Twitter’s move to let users have verified non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as profile pictures. The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla called the integration “annoying” and suggested that Twitter wasted technical resources on this effort rather than trying to curb spam activity on the platform. Twitter recently started rolling out NFT features to its users, initially allowing its Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS to use NFTs as their profile pictures. The latest option is slightly different from the usual circular view on Twitter. It has a hexagonal shape.
Musk has previously expanded support for blockchain technology, but he has also made public his dismay when he didn’t like something. His recent criticism of Twitter’s NFT move is likely fueled by the proliferation of crypto giveaway scams by people masquerading as the CEO of Tesla and other notable figures.
The problem reached the point where Twitter had to block unverified accounts that changed their name to “Elon Musk” in 2018.
“This is annoying,” Musk said in a tweet about Twitter’s NFT decision.
He followed it up with an explanation: “Twitter spends technical resources on this b while crypto scammers throw a spambot blocking party in every thread.”
Twitter spends technical resources on this, while crypto scammers throw a spambot blocking party in every thread!?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 21, 2022
The debut of Twitter’s NFT tool comes months after it allowed users to send and receive Bitcoin. An NFT is a unit of data stored in a digital ledger called a blockchain, which is also the underlying technology for cryptocurrency. As this technology evolved, NFTs came to the fore. NFTs come with certificates that are used to verify that a digital asset is unique. They can represent photos, videos, audio clips and other types of digital files.
Musk has often expressed his acceptance of this emerging industry on social media and through his electric vehicle company. In March last year, Musk announced that Tesla would accept payments in Bitcoin, but reversed that decision in May due to environmental concerns. Earlier this month, Tesla started accepting payments in Dogecoin for some merchandise.