Musk bans Kathy Griffin’s Twitter account

Heather Morrison

Over the weekend, Elon Musk appeared to have tweeted a lot of things he never actually said as Twitter users with verified blue checkmarks began changing their name to “Elon Musk.”

The new owner of Twitter previously announced that verification on the platform will cost users a monthly fee of $20 a month as part of a new development to the app. It was later changed to $8 per month.

Verification means having the famous blue check mark to a Twitter users profile, which confirms their legitimacy. However, many have warned against the changes that allow for payment of the verification for multiple reasons, including impersonation.

Comedian Kathy Griffin’s changed her name on the social media website to “Elon Musk” and began mocking him. She was then suspended Sunday.

“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” he wrote Sunday.

He also clarified that “any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”

Twitter users have continued changing their names but making clear it’s a parody account.

Verified Twitter user Adam Goldberg is now “Snowflake Elon Musk parody account.” The account @SBSDiva is now listed as “Elon Musk parody of a blue check.” Jeremy Newberger’s new Twitter name is “I’m Elon Musk, and so is my Wife (parody).”

Javier Dunn, an artist in New York City who is verified, has changed their account name to “Elon Musk” and their Twitter bio to “waiting on the blue check police.” Account @Landauer_m is also listed as “Elon Musk.”

Some have also made parody accounts for Griffin while she remains suspended.

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