Fact Check

Connor McDavid Not Traded to Islanders, Despite Tweet from 'Verified' Parody Impersonation Account

The owner of a brand new Twitter account appears to have paid for a checkmark badge to parody tweets of NHL hockey star Connor McDavid.

Published Nov 9, 2022

Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers gets set for a face-off during a game against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Nov. 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images) (John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Claim:
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid tweeted that he was being traded to the New York Islanders.

In November 2022, the user behind a brand new Twitter account with the handle @cmcdavid97___ appeared to impersonate Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and tweeted that he was being traded to the New York Islanders.

However, this was not true.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid did not tweet that he was being traded to the New York Islanders.

"I have officially been traded to the New York Islanders, but i will always be thankful for my time at Edmonton and the support i've gotten throughout the years," the tweet read. "It's onto better and greater things in long island now! #LetsGoOilers #Isles."

The owner of the account looked to have paid for the new Twitter service that provided a checkmark badge, which appeared the same as verification badges had in the past. The symbol made the purported news appear more credible. The bio for @cmcdavid97___ identified the account as publishing "parody."

Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, previously said that he would "permanently suspend any account on the social media platform that impersonates another," according to The Associated Press.

The satirical account was soon suspended, but not before the tweet received thousands of engagements. It's unclear how long the tweet was visible, but it appeared to be available at least one hour.

Earlier the same day, Musk had tweeted, "Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn't."

For further reading, we previously reported about how two other "parody" accounts also paid for a checkmark badge and had all the appearances of impersonating LeBron James and ESPN analyst Adam Schefter.

Source:

Bajak, Frank. "Musk Threatens to Boot Twitter Account Impersonators." The Associated Press, 7 Nov. 2022, https://apnews.com/article/elon-musk-twitter-impersonators-ban-6c5cc834a38a29a6fb38e4a85441a3a1.

Updates

Nov. 9, 2022: This story was updated to clarify the badges were checkmark badges, which had the same appearance as the platform's original verification badges.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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