Fresh off his announcement of negotiations with an inflatable depiction of an extraterrestrial being regarding climate change, Lil Nas X joked early Friday that he was temporarily taking over Jack Dorsey's job as Twitter CEO.
Naturally, this joke resulted in semi-celebratory responses in which understandably frustrated Twitter frequenters requested that Lil Nas X take this jokingly presented opportunity to do something serious, i.e. make a move regarding the prevalence of neo-Nazi-linked accounts.
i’m going to twitter headquarters and i will be replacing @jack as the ceo for the day. everyone must nae nae or be at risk for account suspension!— nope (@LilNasX) July 26, 2019
Among those calling out this oft-discussed Twitter issue was none other than Seth Rogen, noting that Dorsey has "amplified" white supremacist voices with the site's verification methodology:
Maybe do something about all the white supremacists he verified and therefor amplifies?— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2019
And Rogen wasn't alone, with many others using the Lil Nas X x Jack Dorsey Twitter back-and-forth to shine a light on one of the site's most widely criticized pitfalls:
I'll gladly do it as long as you ban the nazis. pic.twitter.com/9l92FlfzWi— BillMii🌹 (@BillMii) July 26, 2019
Can you block all the literal Nazis on here? @Jack can’t seem to find time to do that but I bet you can.— Close the Camps (@ERTBen) July 26, 2019
ban all nazis king!— blue boy ✨ (@bluebirdblueboy) July 26, 2019
Maybe Lil Nas X will ban Nazis and queerphobes. pic.twitter.com/Cf3iz2k9oW— 🥤🍿🔭ᎳᎪᎽᎠᎬ🏳️🌈 (@TALLCHIHUAHUA) July 26, 2019
Finally someone might do something about the insane racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia that @Twitter refuses to address. Also, please create an “edit” function and trash the new platform update! Thanks, @LilNasX🏳️🌈— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) July 26, 2019
The platform's approach to these issues has, to put it lightly, been a constant source of criticism for Dorsey and company.
Friday, Twitter shares experienced a surge following an earnings report that showed an increase in daily users, though any given timeline scroll in recent days likely introduces you to a flurry of publicly expressed disapproval of recent design changes that only add to the headache-like experience of even bothering with Twitter at all.
Lil Nas X, meanwhile, gave his "Old Town Road' another new spin earlier this week with the release of a remix from BTS' RM retitled "Seoul Town Road."