Kathy Griffin Suspended from Twitter for Impersonating Elon Musk
The new chief of Twitter, Elon Musk has officially suspended Kathy Griffin from the platform itself after she impersonated him
The new chief of Twitter, Elon Musk has officially suspended Kathy Griffin from the platform itself after she impersonated him on the site.
Elon Musk had decided to do this just after he enacted a plan for an $8 monthly Twitter fee to ensure the reduction of accounts along with people trying to impersonate others that have blue checks. He has made the decision to suspend those who are trying to impersonate someone else.
Elon Musk Takes Swing at Kathy Griffin, Suspended from Twitter Over an Attempt at Comedy
Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022
Even though her handle still read @kathygriffin, she then had changed her profile picture and name to say Elon Musk. She then went to tweet, “After much spirited discussion with the females in my life. I’ve decided that voting blue for their choice is only right (They’re also sexy females, btw.) #VoteBlueToProtectWomen.”
Although some saw it as a joke, others were not laughing when news started to circulate that Griffin had been suspended for impersonating the CEO.
Musk went on to say, “Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian.” But if she really wants her account back, she can have it. For $8.”
On Sunday, Musk clarified a new Twitter policy: “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended. Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning,” he wrote. “This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue. Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”
Users were sharing their thoughts. “Hardly seems fair to the Trans community or people who legally change their name, since there is no legit verification process by which they can prove their name has changed,” one user pointed out.
According to multiple people, Kathy Griffin was not the only one who was suspended over the weekend. Co-host of the popular show H3H3, Ethan Klein, also had his Twitter account suspended after he impersonated Musk to test the new policy. The popular YouTuber had tweeted a joke about Musk’s alleged friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. He then had been sure to mark that his tweets were parodies along with his whole account all together.
By Monday, #Muskrat started trending as fans created memes to mock Musk and his new $8 a month payment plan which was intended to roll out early this week but was put on pause.
Musk Pauses New $8 Plan
The plan was supposed to be enacted Monday, but is temporarily on hold.
According to an internal memo, Musk was worried about seeming to engage in election interference.
Verified checkmarks often receive more trust from users, so allowing people to purchase that authority right before Midterm elections was a weighty and dangerous proposition.
Musk decided to pause the plan until after Midterms so as not to contribute to the spread of misinformation and cause interference.