Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has clarified that it is not offering free insulin after a “verified” imposter account made the claim on Twitter.
The deliberately misleading tweet, which was left up for three hours, amassed over 10,000 likes and was shared nearly 2,000 times.
Spokesperson for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly says they're in communication with Twitter to address the fake-but-verified Eli Lilly tweet that has been up for three hours and has 1,500 retweets and 10,000 likes https://t.co/Ai3lq50YRh pic.twitter.com/zIWDsd8c0B
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) November 10, 2022
“We are excited to announce insulin is free now,” the original tweet read. Its author, @EliLillyandCo, appeared to many to be an official account thanks to the blue checkmark, however it was eventually pointed out that Eli Lilly and Co’s actual Twitter handle is @LillyPad.
The fake account has since had its blue checkmark stripped, and its tweets protected.