You’ll Never Guess What Twitter Did With the Guy Who Had the @x Handle (Spoiler: You Will Guess)

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch:

The owner of the @x Twitter handle confirmed that the company, now known as X, took over his account without warning or financial compensation, telling him the handle is property of X. The handle had previously belonged to Gene X Hwang of the corporate photography and videography studio Orange Photography. In a letter, the company formerly known as Twitter thanked Hwang for his loyalty and offered him a selection of X merchandise and a tour of X’s HQ, as a “reflection of our appreciation.”

One way or another, X Corp was going to get the @x handle. But this was, unsurprisingly, a pretty shitty way to do it. Kudos to Hwang for taking it all in good spirit. (The account’s new handle: @x12345678998765.)

Thursday, 27 July 2023