#Elon Musk, a “free expression absolutist,” said that parody Twitter accounts that do not identify who they are mimicking will be “permanently suspended.” The most recent caution came after several owners of accounts that had previously been confirmed changed their usernames to Elon Musk in an effort to draw attention to the $8 plan, which would allow anyone to mimic anyone else and might potentially disseminate misinformation.
A number of accounts have already been reported to be banned or blocked as a result, including that of comedians Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman as well as the Australian satirical website Chaser. Musk tweeted Sunday night that “any Twitter handles participating in impersonation moving forward without explicitly stating ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”
“Previously, we issued a warning before the suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue,” he said in a thread.
There have been rumors that the banned accounts, including former US president Donald Trump, will be allowed back on Twitter ever since Musk gained control of the social media platform. The 51-year-old billionaire declared last week that they won’t be allowed back on Twitter unless the social media site has “a defined framework for doing so.” The popular blue check verification marks will now cost $8 thanks to a Saturday update to Twitter’s app on the Apple App Store.
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