Twitter users were baffled on Monday as the logo of the obscure cryptocurrency Dogecoin appeared at the top of the website.
The classic Twitter bird logo usually seen at the top of the desktop site was replaced by a picture of a Shiba Inu dog – the logo of the “meme” cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
Users suggested it was the latest in a series of bizarre decisions made by the site’s controversial billionaire owner Elon Musk, who bought Twitter last year for $44 billion – more than double its current value.
The price of Dogecoin soared by 18 per cent after the logo appeared – though Twitter did not immediately confirm whether it was simply a joke or an actual planned integration.
Dogecoin tweeted: “Very currency, Wow, Much Coin, How Money, So Crypto”.
Contacted for comment, Twitter’s press office replied with a poop emoji, another initiative put in place by Mr Musk.
It comes at a particularly turbulent time for Twitter under Musk, who on Sunday appeared to strip a ‘verified’ tick from the account of the New York Times at the behest of one of his fans.
Musk has threatened to remove verified ticks- which under Twitter’s previous owners to denote companies, celebrities and public figures whose identity has been confirmed by the platform – from companies that refuse to pay $1,000 a month, and individuals who refuse to pay $8 a month.
But despite a previous threat to remove the ticks by 1 April from “legacy” users, the date passed without the step being taken.
In a since-deleted tweet on Sunday, Mr Musk claimed companies would have “a few weeks’ grace” despite the threat.
Mr Musk has already begun selling ‘verified’ ticks to users who pay a monthly fee of $8 to its Twitter Blue subscription operation.
On Sunday, a Twitter Blue subscriber urged Mr Musk “to remove the legacy verified checkmark” from accounts like the New York Times, which has made clear it is “not planning to pay the monthly fee for checkmark status for our institutional Twitter accounts”.
Mr Musk responded: “Oh ok, we’ll take it off then.”
The newspaper’s account is now appearing without the gold verified symbol used to signify an “official organization on Twitter”.
Mr Musk has decried the platform’s previous policy of using ticks to verify the identity of prominent people and combat misinformation as a “bulls**t lords and peasants system” – prior to his introduction of a $1,000-a-month ‘golden’ tick tier for organisations.