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A warning on Twitter 'parody' as account of user impersonating Musk is suspended

Nov 07, 2022 06:33 AM IST

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Ever since Twitter was acquired by Elon Musk, there have been updates galore on restructuring, operations and changes the social network will be witnessing. In one of the latest set of tweets, the world’s richest person has sent out a warning on impersonation. “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended,” the new boss of the micro-blogging site wrote in a tweet. This comes after the account of a user - impersonating him - got suspended but Musk's posts had no mention of any such instance.

Twitter logo and a photo of Elon Musk are displayed through magnifier in this illustration.(Reuters)
Twitter logo and a photo of Elon Musk are displayed through magnifier in this illustration.(Reuters)

The account - which had more than 90,000 followers - also had a blue tick, and used the same pic and bio as Musk. It had multiple posts put out in Hindi, and even references to Bhojpuri music. Some of the posts were put out mocking decisions that have been taken following the acquisitions. "@iamwoolford" was the Twitter handle that has been suspended.

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The tech-billionaire has also said that there'd be no forewarning on such accounts. “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,” he added. Furthermore, any name change will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark for any account, Musk underlined as he stressed: “Widespread verification will democratise journalism and empower the voice of the people.”

The user that impersonated Elon Musk.
The user that impersonated Elon Musk.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk continues to face questions following his announcement of $8 for blue tick verification, which was so far free. Last week, Twitter fired about 50 per cent of its staff - also a move that drew wide criticism.

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