Musk vows to eliminate Twitter imposters following celebrity protests
Twitter’s new owner responds to celebrities who change their user names to Elon Musk.
Elon Musk said that he would remove Twitter accounts that impersonate other people amid a backlash against the billionaire’s decision not to charge a monthly fee for the blue check mark.
Musk stated on Sunday that accounts “engaging to impersonate” will be permanently suspended. This was after high-profile accounts changed their names to Elon Musk in protest of the Tesla CEO’s overhaul of verification standards.
Musk tweeted, “Going forward any Twitter handle engaging in impersonation of another without clearly indicating ‘parody’ (will be permanently suspended).”
“Previously, we had issued a warning before the suspension. But now that we have widespread verification, there won’t be any warning. This will be marked as a condition to signing up for Twitter Blue.
Musk later tweeted that widespread verification would allow journalists to be democratic and make the public more involved in journalism.
Celebrities such as Kathy Griffin, comedian, and Valerie Bertinelli, actor, changed their screen names to Elon Musk over the weekend in an apparent attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of removing identity verification.
Musk’s Twitter Blue subscription will allow users to get a blue checkmark — without the need to prove their identity — for $7.99 per month.
After verifying their identities, celebrities and accounts of public interest were able to apply for a checkmark free of charge.
Although the new service was available on Apple’s App Store on Saturday, it has yet to go live.
Musk, who is a confessed “free speech absolutist”, described the old verification rules as a “lords system” and argued that the changes were a way to democratically transform the platform.
Musk made sweeping changes to Twitter since completing his $44bn purchase last month. This included the layoff of about half the 7,500 employees.
Critics fear that Musk’s ownership will lead to more misinformation, hate speech, and fake accounts. This is especially true in light of Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections in America.
Sunday that the company decided to delay the rollout of its new service until after the poll, amid concern on Twitter.
Musk’s plans to create the social media giant have caused unease within the corporate world. Big brands like Audi, General Motors, General Mills, and General Motors are now unable to advertise as they search for clarity about their future direction.
Musk, who was criticized for tweeting a conspiracy theory about Nancy Pelosi’s assault, has maintained that he doesn’t favor a free-for-all hellscape, but rather a common digital square that allows for a broad range of views.
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