Elon Musk says that people who fake accounts on Twitter will be banned for life
Before he bought Twitter, Elon Musk said he didn’t like bans that last forever and promised to unban people like Donald Trump. Now, Musk has written that Twitter will shut down accounts that pretend to be someone else if they are not clearly marked as satire. Several “blue-check” users who had their accounts checked changed their names to “Musk himself.”
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After using Musk’s name and picture in her own verified Twitter account, comedian Kathy Griffin seems to have just been temporarily banned from Twitter for impersonating Musk. Jeph Jacques and other verified accounts that were pretending to be Musk also seem to have been kicked off the site.
From now on, any Twitter account that impersonates someone else without clearly saying “parody” will be banned for good. Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022
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Before Musk took over, Twitter’s rules already said that users “may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor may they use a fake identity in a way that disrupts the experience of other Twitter users.” Both the account and bio had to say that the account was a parody. Some of the consequences were having your profile edited, being suspended for a short time, or being banned for good, though the last one didn’t happen very often.
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The last few days have been full of drama on Twitter. Early on in Musk’s time as CEO, trolls, racists, and others filled the site with insults and other hate speech, probably to see how far they could go. This week, many advertisers stopped spending money on the site. In response to a user who suggested boycotting those companies, Musk tweeted, “If this keeps up, there will be a thermonuclear name and shame.”