Elon Musk Says Twitter Will Permanently Ban Users Impersonating Accounts

Before taking over Twitter, Elon Musk said he was against lifelong suspensions and promised to reinstate banned users like Donald Trump. Now Musk wrote that Twitter will permanently suspend account impersonators if they are not clearly labeled as parody. The move comes after several verified “blue-check” users changed their accounts to impersonal Musk himself.

Twitter seems to have just forbidden comedian Kathy Griffin for impersonating Musk, at least temporarily, after using his name and image in her own verified Twitter account. Other verified accounts impersonating Musk including: jeph jacquesalso seem to have been kicked off the site.

Twitters already ruled before Musk’s takeover stated: that users “must not impersonate individuals, groups or organizations to deceive, confuse or deceive others, nor use a false identity in a way that disrupts users’ experience on Twitter.” Parody accounts had to say this in their accounts as well as in their bio. Consequences included profile moderation, temporary suspension or permanent suspension – although the latter was rarely imposed.

Twitter has been awash with drama in recent days. Early in Musk’s tenure, trolls and racists flooded the site with profanity and other hate speech, presumably to test the site’s new boundaries. This week, a flood of advertisers blocked spending on the site. In response to a user who suggested a boycott of those companies, Musk . said tweeted a “a thermonuclear name and shame is exactly what will happen if this continues.”

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