The AOC spoof account that garnered significant media attention this week has been taken down from Twitter. Unconfirmed information stated that the account’s operator had received death threats.
Together with the account of its author, a well-known conservative political analyst, the account vanished from Twitter on Friday.
In response to the news, Elon Musk tweeted, “I hope it does come back. It was so funny.
Before Musk took over the firm, Twitter’s prior administration had suspended the account @AOCPress and denied its author access to the platform.
On Monday, Musk replied to @AOCpress with an emoji, which caused Ocasio to lose it.
She alerted her tens of millions of Twitter followers that “a fake account on here is impersonating me and going viral,” she added that Musk “has engaged it, boosting visibility.”
“I am deciding how to proceed while consulting with my staff. Be cautious of what you see in the interim, she said.
The spoof account picked up almost 300,000 followers in just a few days. On the day Ocasio tweeted about it, it gained over 100,000 followers.
She claimed at the time that Musk’s response to the tweet gave the account influence, although on that particular day, its following increased by just 9,000.
Huffington Post reports that a different right-wing internet celebrity said on a podcast on Friday that the primary user of the account had deleted it because he had received death threats.
That could not be verified by HuffPost.
Michael Morrison, a Trump supporter who created @AOCpress, claimed he no longer maintained the account.
“If I were in charge, I would happily take the credit. Morrison, whose account vanished on Friday, remarked, “I think the account is hilarious.
Morrison withheld the identity of the account’s new owner.