Before acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk said he opposed suspensions for life, and promised to bring back banned users like Donald Trump.
According to the Engadged report, Musk wrote that Twitter will permanently suspend impersonators of accounts if they are not clearly labeled as a parody, and the move comes after several verified “blue verification” users changed their accounts to an image of Musk himself.
It appears that Twitter has at least temporarily banned comedian Kathy Griffin for impersonating Musk, after she used his name and photo on her verified Twitter account. Other verified accounts also appear to be impersonating Musk, including Jeph Jacques. which has been removed from the site.
Prior to Musk’s acquisition of the site, Twitters’ rules already stated that “Users may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, or use a false identity in a way that disrupts users’ Twitter experience, and parody accounts were required to say so. In both their accounts and their bio.
Consequences included profile modification, temporary suspension, or permanent suspension, although permanent suspensions were rarely imposed.
Early in Musk’s tenure, trolls and racists flooded the site with adjectives and other hate speech, likely to test the site’s new limits, and this week a flood of advertisers halted spending on the site in response to a user who suggested a boycott of these companies.