verified accounts of Twitter with millions of followers were suspended from the platform after they changed their usernames to ‘Elon Musk’, in another attempt to measure the moderation policy of the new owner of the social network.
Comedian Kathy Griffin, whose account had two million followers, was one of those suspended.
Elon Musk, who has described himself as a “free speech absolutist“, tweeted on Sunday that “Twitter users who impersonate others without clearly specifying that it is a parody will be permanently suspended.”
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The account of h3h3Productions, who changed his username to ‘Elon Musk’ and who defines himself as a parody, also received a network suspension. User @jephjacques changed his display name to ‘Elon Musk’ and posted several satirical tweets referring to Musk’s strategy for running his new company.
“Can you all stop tweeting for a second? They go too fast to be able to moderate personally‘ were his words.
Account, with more than 80,000 followers, it was suspended shortly after. Musk responded to a tweet referring to comedian Griffin’s suspension, adding to the impression that the owner is getting personally involved in decisions to ban accounts that attack him.
“Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedianhe joked, eliciting an apparent response from Griffin, who said he was now using his deceased mother’s account.
“You stole that joke, idiot. People have been posting that joke for hours, pirate. Look please do a better job running this company the platform used to have meaningwrote @TipItMaggieG, whose username also changed to ‘Elon Musk’.
Other tweeters, including the actor Mark Hamill, from the ‘Star Wars’, joined the demonstration with the hashtag #FreeKathy (Free Kathy).
Since completing the complicated $44 billion purchase of the social network, Musk has publicly pondered how to profit from the acquisition. So far, his first actions include laying off half of the firm’s global payroll and the announcement of a charge of 8 dollars per month for the blue badge in the accounts, which had always been free and made it possible to differentiate official accounts from counterfeiters.
Meanwhile, this Monday Musk spoke about the mid-term elections in the United States asking independent voters to support the conservative Republican Party on the grounds that “shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties“.
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