Elon Musk bans Twitter accounts impersonating others – comedian falls victim to new rule | Science and technology news
According to Elon Musk, Twitter will permanently ban any account impersonating someone else – unless it is clearly stated that it is a “spoof”.
The social media platform’s new owner issued the warning after some celebrities changed their Twitter display names – not their account names – to “Elon Musk” in response to the billionaire’s decision to offer all comers verified accounts for 8 months .
Comedian Kathy Griffin had her account suspended on Sunday for changing her display name to Musk’s.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli did the same before switching it back to her real name. But first, she released a series of tweets in support of Democratic candidates.
Comedian Sarah Silverman also appeared to have her account suspended when she shared a screenshot of her Twitter page with the display name “Sarah K Silverman.”
Musk said Twitter previously issued a warning about the suspension, but as the social media giant institutes widespread review, there will be no warning and “no exceptions.”
“This will be clearly marked as a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue,” Musk said, adding each name change
will result in a temporary loss of the verified tick.
On Saturday, Twitter updated its app on Apple’s App Store to charge $8 for coveted blue ticks in Musk’s first major overhaul of the social media platform.
Tesla Inc. CEO Musk, who will also serve as Twitter’s chief executive, said last month that Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with “very diverse viewpoints.”
“No major content decisions or account restorations will be made before this council meets,” he added.
On the subject of suspended accounts, Musk said last week that they would not be allowed to return until social media on Twitter
The platform has “a clear process for doing this”.
Creating such a process would take at least a few more weeks, Musk had tweeted, bringing more clarity to the possible return of Twitter’s most famous banned user, former US President Donald Trump.
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The new schedule implies that Trump will not return in time for the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
Earlier Sunday, The New York Times reported that Twitter was delaying the rollout of verification ticks for subscribers
of his new service until after Tuesday’s midterm elections.