Twitter chaos after wave of blue tick impersonations

A wave of new paid blue tick accounts impersonating influential individuals and brands has led to chaos and confusion on Twitter.

Fake verified accounts in the names of politicians, celebrities, major organisations and businesses started appearing on the platform on Thursday

Twitter suspended many of them, but the company's rapidly changing attempts to address the issue added to the confusion.

Experts had previously warned that the new Twitter Blue subscription service announced by new chief Elon Musk, which allows users to pay £6.99 ($7.99) per month for a blue tick

would be immediately exploited by bad actors and scammers, and erode trust in the platform.

The extent of the problem with new fake blue tick accounts was laid bare after the feature launched on Wednesday.