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Musk says Twitter account holders who impersonate others will be banned

Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that Twitter will completely droop any account on the social media platform that impersonates one other.

The platform’s new proprietor issued the warning after some celebrities modified their Twitter show names – not their account names – and tweeted as “Elon Musk” in response to the billionaire’s choice to supply verified accounts to all comers for $8 month as he concurrently laid off a giant chunk of the workforce.

“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk wrote. While Twitter beforehand issued warnings earlier than suspensions, now that it’s rolling out “widespread verification, there will be no warning.”

In reality, “any name change at all” would compel the momentary lack of a verified checkmark, the world’s richest man stated.

Comedian Kathy Griffin had her account suspended Sunday after she switched her display identify to Musk. She advised a Bloomberg reporter that she had additionally used his profile picture.

“I guess not ALL the content moderators were let go? Lol,” Griffin joked afterward on Mastodon, an alternate social media platform the place she arrange an account final week.

Actor Valerie Bertinelli had equally appropriated Musk’s display identify – posting a sequence of tweets in help of Democratic candidates on Saturday earlier than switching again to her true identify. “Okey-dokey. I’ve had fun and I think I made my point,” she tweeted afterwards.

Before the stunt, Bertinelli famous the unique function of the blue verification checkmark. It was granted freed from cost to individuals whose identification Twitter workers had confirmed. Journalists accounted for a giant portion of recipients. “It simply meant your identity was verified. Scammers would have a harder time impersonating you,” Bertinelli famous.

“That no longer applies. Good luck out there!” she added.

The $8 verified accounts are Musk’s means of democratizing the service, he claims.

On Saturday, a Twitter replace for iOS units listed on Apple’s app retailer stated customers who “sign up now” for the brand new “Twitter Blue with verification” can get the blue examine subsequent to their names “just like the celebrities, companies and politicians you already follow.”

It stated the service would first be out there within the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.Okay. However, it wasn’t out there Sunday and there was no indication when it might go stay. A Twitter make use of, Esther Crawford, advised The Associated Press it is coming “soon but it hasn’t launched yet.”

Twitter did not reply on Sunday to an e mail searching for touch upon the verified accounts subject and Griffin’s suspension.

Musk later tweeted, “Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission.”

If the company have been to strip present verified customers of blue checks – one thing that hasn’t occurred – that might exacerbate disinformation on the platform throughout Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Like Griffin, some Twitter customers have already begun migrating from the platform – Counter Social is one other common different – following layoffs that started Friday that reportedly affected about half of Twitter’s 7,500-employee workforce. They worry a breakdown of moderation and verification might create a disinformation free-for-all on what has been the web’s predominant conduit for dependable communications from public businesses and different establishments.

Many corporations have paused promoting on the platform out of concern it might develop into extra unruly below Musk.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, sought to assuage such issues in a tweet Friday. He stated the company’s front-line content material moderation employees was the group least affected by the job cuts.

Musk tweeted late Friday that there was no selection however to chop jobs “when the company is losing over $4M/day.” He did not present particulars on the every day losses at Twitter and stated workers who lost their jobs have been supplied three months’ pay as severance. 

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