Elon Musk said all of Twitter handles impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be “permanently suspended‘, issuing the warning after some celebrities changed their display names and tweeted as ‘Elon Musk’
Twitter’s new CEO tweeted on Sunday evening: “Previously we issued a warning before the suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.”
“Any name change” would result in the temporary loss of a verified check mark, Musk said.
On Sunday evening, several accounts that had changed their names to Elon Musk or approximations of Elon Musk appeared to be suspended or placed behind a warning sign, including those by American comedian Kathy Griffin and the Australian satire site. the hunter.
“Guess not ALL the content moderators were fired? Lol,” Griffin then joked on Mastodon, an alternative social media platform where she created an account last week.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli also appropriated Musk’s screen name by posting a series of tweets supporting the Democratic candidates on Saturday before reverting to her real name. “Okey-dokey. I had fun and I think I made my point,” she tweeted afterwards.
The latest storm comes amid concerns about the potential for abuse of Twitter’s planned rollout of verification checks for a monthly fee of $7.99, which is a feature of its paid service Twitter Blue.
Bertinelli noted the original purpose of the blue check mark. It was granted free of charge to people whose identity had been confirmed by Twitter; journalists representing a large part of the recipients. “It just meant that your identity had been verified. Scammers would have a harder time impersonating you,” Bertinelli said. “That no longer applies. Good luck there!
Responding to a tweet about this issue, Musk tweeted: “You represent the problem: journalists who think they are the only legitimate source of information. That’s the big lie.
The New York Times reported that Musk’s new blue tick proposal would be delayed until after the US midterm elections, amid fears users would buy verification, pretend to be a political figure, and then sow controversy. electoral confusion.
Twitter employee Esther Crawford told The Associated Press that the option would be coming “soon but it hasn’t launched yet.”
Appearing to defend his sweeping bans on Sunday, Musk tweeted that he was still committed to free speech and would do so. continue to allow the account reporting its movements to remain online. Musk has previously said he opposes permanent Twitter bans.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s engineering teams are rolling out new features at breakneck speed amid the chaos and distress caused by reports of the summary layoff of half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees.
It was reported Sunday night that dozens of those made redundant had been asked to return because they had either been fired in error or the company had since realized their work was vital to creating the new features Musk was looking for.
He acquired Twitter late last month for $44 billion, in a deal backed by billions of his own money. The entrepreneur has now set up a war room at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, where he and a small team of advisers scramble to cut costs and come up with new products.
On previously banned accounts, Musk said last week that they would not be allowed to return to Twitter until the social media platform had “a clear process for doing so”.
Creating such a process would take at least a few more weeks, Musk had tweeted, providing more clarity on the potential return of Twitter’s most famous banned user, former US President Donald Trump. The new timeline implies that Trump will not return in time for the Nov. 8 midterm elections.