Elon Musk Will Permanently Ban Verified Twitter Impersonation Accounts

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The Twitter saga seems to keep evolving after new CEO and tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk implemented paid verification. Many opposed the $8 dollar monthly charge for the blue check mark, citing how dangerous paying for identity verification on the platform will be. Well, comedians like Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman took it upon themselves to show Musk how easy (and funny) it is to impersonate big accounts. Griffin and Silverman both got their accounts suspended. Musk announced to Twitter how he will approach impersonation accounts in the future.

“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended,” Musk states in his Twitter thread on Sunday night, “Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue”.

Musk, who touted that his takeover of Twitter would be a win for “free speech”, is met with strong criticisms.

Ethan Klein of H3H3 Productions challenged this ban by changing his display name and photo to Musk’s but having his profile header photo and description state “parody account”. Kelin then proceeded to fire off many joke tweets at Musk’s expense.


Klein’s account was subsequently suspended. Klein posted a video on his TikTok commenting about the suspension.


Ive been banned on twitter thanks to #elonmusk

♬ Sad Music – Max-Music


“Comedy is dead and Elon Musk dug the grave…,” Klein says with sad violin music playing in the background of his TikTok.

Comedians using their verified checkmarks for jokes is not new on Twitter but the platform’s policy always issued first a warning. Musk’s proposed update will allow no room for verified users to save their accounts if they are deemed to be impersonating another account.

Twitter users have not agreed with Musk’s reaction to being impersonated and his proposed update.


Musk’s reign on Twitter continues but users will keep making their thoughts known.

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