Since Elon Musk took over the social media platform, Twitter has undergone several changes. Twitter Blue will now be paid, and the platform will be more strict with accounts that impersonate others. Elon Musk recently tweeted that impersonators will be permanently barred.
This new rule is already in effect, as comedian Kathy Griffin, who changed her Twitter name to Elon Musk, has been suspended. Accountholder Ian Wood, who also named his account Elon Musk, suffered a similar fate. A tweet featuring the Bhojpuri song “Lollipop Lagelu” recently went viral as well.
Musk has revealed that accounts that impersonate others without using the term “parody” will be permanently suspended, with no warning. Copying people on Twitter has never been tolerated, but the first step was a warning (following Twitter policies), followed by a temporary suspension if necessary.
Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022
He revealed that this procedure will be followed now that verification is available to a larger number of people. This will be a prerequisite for signing up for Twitter Blue with verification. Elon Musk also threatens to withdraw the now-paid Blue Tick if the name is changed.
Twitter Blue with verification is now available to users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It costs $7.99 per month and includes the Blue Tick, fewer advertisements, priority ranking for quality content, and other benefits. Musk believes that widespread verification will help “democratize” journalism, but that it may simply lose value.