Kathy Griffin, a comedian, has been banned from using Twitter after she impersonated the company’s new owner, Elon Musk.
After a flurry of high-profile users impersonated Musk over the weekend to highlight apparent faults in Twitter’s plans for a revamped authentication system, Griffin looked to be the first celebrity to lose her tweeting credentials.
Musk’s most notable effort to increase Twitter’s revenue is a $8 subscription plan. Despite initial excitement about the new idea, the corporation has opted to postpone the rollout of the service until after the midterm elections.
Once only available to verified celebrities, politicians, journalists, and other prominent people, the revised Twitter Blue membership plan now allows paying users to acquire a blue checkmark on their profiles. Musk suggested the update to combat spam on the service.
However, the partially implemented idea was met with enormous criticism. As a show of defiance, a few prominent users on the network disguised themselves as Musk over the weekend, complete with a blue checkmark on their profiles.
Comedian Sarah Silverman trolled Tesla CEO Elon Musk by using a verified account to post a profile picture, cover photo, and username that were very identical to Musk’s. There was nothing besides the @SarahKSilverman username to identify a tweet as coming from Silverman’s account.
On Saturday, Silverman tweeted, “I am a freedom of expression absolutist, and I eat doody for breakfast every day.” Supportive tweets for Democratic candidates were retweeted from her account.
On Sunday, Silverman’s account was momentarily limited, and users were warned that “there has been some strange behavior from this account” before being allowed to view the profile. The comic then restored her profile to its previous self, replete with a photo and name.
The TV star Valerie Bertinelli did the same thing on Friday, tweeting that “[t]he blue checkmark just means your identity was validated” after she changed her account name to that of Twitter’s CEO.
It would be more difficult for fraudsters to pose as you online. That’s obsolete at this point. Have a safe journey!
She then responded to a follower who questioned the relevance of the checkmark by saying, “[y]ou can buy a blue check mark for $7.99 a month without authenticating who you are.”
As Musk, Bertinelli has tweeted and been retweeted in support of numerous Democratic politicians and hashtags, such as “VoteBlueForDemocracy” and “#VoteBlueIn2022.
On Sunday, after tweeting, “[o]key-dokey I’ve had my fun, and I hope I made my point,” the actress reverted back to using her birth name, Valerie Bertinelli.
Musk announced on Sunday that he would be permanently suspending any Twitter accounts that “engage in impersonation without clearly distinguishing ‘parody.'” When he changed his name on Twitter, he “temporarily lost the verified checkmark,” as he wrote in a tweet.
In addition, Musk stated that suspensions from Twitter would be immediately going forward. He stated that this requirement for joining Twitter Blue would be “clearly specified.”
Griffin’s account was still disabled on Monday, and it was unknown how long this would last. Musk made fun of Griffin on Sunday by saying, “she was suspended for mimicking a comic.” It is unclear whether Musk was severe when he tweeted that Griffin may restore her account by upgrading to Twitter Blue for $8 per month.
After Griffin was photographed in 2017 holding up a bleeding skull like that of then-President Donald Trump, CNN dismissed the comic. Anderson Cooper and Griffin have co-hosted the New Year’s Eve show for ten years.
After Musk bought the firm and promised to reinstate the accounts of users who had been banned from the network, including Trump, the company began cracking down on accounts.
Moreover, Musk has stated that he will tighten the reins on the company’s content limitations and institute a paid membership as a condition of user verification.
Musk has warned that “the woke mind infection will destroy civilization” and spread conspiracy theories regarding the attack on Paul Pelosi, Democrats, Twitter’s former CEO, and Joseph Stalin in recent months.