Just a few days after taking the helm of Twitter, Elon Musk has already made several head-scratching decisions
And his most recent tweets have garnered a lot of attention as well.
Musk said in a series of tweets that Twitter will be taking strict action against accounts specifically engaging in impersonation
Image via @elonmusk (Twitter)
“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk wrote.
Additionally, Musk went on to say that impersonations done by accounts with a verified checkmark will temporarily lose their verification status.
It also appears Musk has already taken action towards several accounts that impersonated him on Twitter
One of which is comedian Sarah Silverman, who posted a screenshot that her account was temporarily locked after she tweeted using Musk’s name and profile picture on her account.
1) 9 days ago, 2) yesterday 3) today. We have fun pic.twitter.com/eTKAp8PBuK
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 7, 2022
Another comedian, Kathy Griffin, also had her account suspended for doing something similar. She changed her name and profile picture to suit Elon Musk’s account and tweeted using that account.
In fact, Elon made his announcement shortly after Griffin’s tweet. Currently, it is unclear whether the ban on her account is temporary or permanent.
Image via @kathygriffin (Twitter)
You can see Musk’s Twitter thread on the impersonation ban below:
Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022