Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin was suspended from Twitter because she impersonated Elon Musk

Twitter suspended Kathy Griffin, comedian, for impersonating Elon Musk, the company’s new owner.

Griffin was the first celebrity to lose her Twitter privileges following a series of prominent users impersonating Musk over the weekend. This was done in an attempt to highlight potential flaws within the social media company’s plans for a revised verification process.

Musk made an $8 Twitter subscription plan his signature attempt to boost the company’s revenues. The company decided to postpone the service for the midterms and quickly rolled out the new plan.

Twitter Blue subscribers now have the option to obtain a blue checkmark on their profiles. This was previously only available to verified celebrities, journalists, politicians, and other public figures. Musk suggested a new feature to combat spam on Twitter.

However, the plan was only partially implemented and there were a lot of backlash. Some celebrities took to the platform to pose as Musk, complete with a blue checkmark on their profiles.

Sarah Silverman, a comedian, used her verified account for Musk to troll him, copying his profile picture and cover image, as well as his name. Only the @SarahKSilverman handle was able to distinguish a tweet from Silverman’s account.

Silverman tweeted Saturday, “I am a freedom-of-expression absolutist and I eat doody every morning.” She also retweeted posts in support of Democratic candidates.

Silverman’s account was marked as “temporarily limited” on Sunday. Visitors were shown a warning about “unusual activity” before they clicked through to the profile. Silverman then restored her account to her normal form with her image and name.

Valerie Bertinelli, a television actress, changed her Twitter account name to that of the CEO. She tweeted Friday that “[t]he checkmark simply meant your identity was verified.” Scammers will have a harder job impersonating you. This no longer applies. Good luck to all!

After changing her profile name to Musk, Bertinelli tweeted and retweeted support for several Democratic candidates and hashtags, including “VoteBlueForDemocracy” and “#VoteBlueIn2022.”

Sunday’s tweet by Valerie Bertinelli, the actress said that she had changed her account to Valerie Bertinelli.

Musk tweeted Sunday that “Going Forward, any Twitter handle engaging in impersonation, without clearly specifying the ‘parody’, will be permanently suspended.” He also said that a name change will “cause temporary loss to verified checkmark.”

Musk also stated that Twitter users would no longer be notified before they are suspended. Musk tweeted that this would be marked as a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue.

Griffin’s account was suspended Monday morning. It wasn’t clear how long the suspension would be in effect. Musk made fun of Griffin Sunday by claiming that Griffin was suspended for impersonating comedians. Musk also tweeted that Griffin could have her account restored by paying $8 per month for Twitter Blue. However, it was not clear if Musk was serious.

CNN fired Griffin after Griffin was photographed with a head that looked remarkably like the one of President Donald Trump. Griffin was co-hosting the New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper for a decade.

After Musk purchased the company, he pledged to restore the accounts of those users previously banned from the platform. Musk also stated that he would limit the company’s content restrictions, and require account verification via a paid subscription.

Musk shared conspiracy theories regarding the attack on Paul Pelosi in recent months. He called Democrats the party “of division & hate” and compared Twitter’s former CEO with Joseph Stalin. He also warned that the “woke mind virus will destroy the civilization.”

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