Elon Musk’s Twitter Will Ban Users Who Impersonate Others
Elon Musk recently tweeted that Twitter will permanently suspend any and every account on social media that impersonates another.
Why has this ban?
This statement of suspending the accounts has been issued after some celebrities changed their Twitter display names – not their account names and then tweeted as Elon Musk in reaction to the billionaire’s decision to offer verified accounts to all users for $8 a month.
Earlier before the suspension of accounts, Twitter had issued warnings and now that a widespread verification is going on, there will be no warnings.
The decision has come after many advertisers have stopped funds for ads on Twitter. Advertisers fear that misinformation may increase on Twitter in the coming days due to Musk’s decision to lay off around 50 % of employees last week and the impact would be that it would place their ads next to a problematic article or tweet.
Musk has further clarified that the rule on unlabelled parodies applies to all Twitter handles. It would be stricter than twitter’s current rule, that one is not allowed to impersonate individuals, groups, or organisations to mislead, confuse or deceive others nor use any kind of fake identity, which may disrupt the experience of other users on Twitter.
This ban will have a wider impact on the platform, as the ban applies to any Twitter handle and not just verified users.
The most recent ban includes that of comedian Kathy Griffin, for impersonating Elon Musk. Another announcement by musk states that a blue badge or verification mark would be available to more users if they subscribe to twitter blue. Additional features like editing and undoing tweets will also be available to users who subscribe to the blue badge.