Elon Musk bans Twitter accounts that impersonate others

Elon Musk says Twitter will permanently suspend any account impersonating another – unless he clearly states it’s a “travesty”.

The social media platform’s new owner has issued the warning after some celebrities changed their Twitter display names – not their account names – to ‘Elon Musk’ in reaction to the billionaire’s decision to offer verified accounts to all users for $8 per month.

Comedian Kathy Griffin had her account suspended on Sunday for changing her display name to Musk.

Actress Valérie Bertinelli did the same before resuming her real name. But first, she posted a series of tweets supporting the Democratic candidates.

Comedian Sarah Silverman also appeared to have her account locked as she shared a screenshot of her Twitter page with the display name ‘Sarah K Silverman’.

Musk said Twitter previously issued a warning before the suspension, but because the social media giant is rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning or “no exceptions”.

“This will be clearly marked as a requirement to sign up for Twitter Blue,” Musk said, adding that any name changes will result in the temporary loss of the verified checkmark.

On Saturday, Twitter updated its app in Apple’s App Store to start charging $8 for searched blue verification marks, in Musk’s first major overhaul of the social media platform.

Tesla Inc boss Musk, who will also be chief executive of Twitter, said last month that the social media platform would form a content moderation council with “very diverse views”.

“No major content or account reinstatement decisions will take place until this board meets,” he added.

On 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.

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The new timeline 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 checkmarks for followers.
of his new service until after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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