Renaming yourself Elon Musk on Twitter could cost you dearly

FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP Comedian Kathy Griffin’s Twitter account has been suspended for using the businessman’s identity.

FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

Comedian Kathy Griffin’s Twitter account has been suspended for using the businessman’s identity.

TWITTER – The new CEO of Twitter does not let anything pass. American comedian Kathy Griffin was banned from the social network overnight from Sunday to Monday November 7 for using the name and photo ofElon Muskwhile making fun of him.

Kathy Griffin (now Elon Musk) posted a message in which she encouraged these subscribers to vote for the Democrats in the midterm elections in the United States, but also to leave the social network for her competitor, Mastodon. “After a lot of heated discussions with the women in my life, I decided that voting Democrat was the right thing to do (these women are hot too, by the way),” she wrote to make fun ofElon Musk. Neither one nor two, the comedian disappeared from Twitter.

“She was suspended for pretending to be a comedian”

Elon Musk who wishes to give ” Power to the people “ on Twitter, revealed the new policy of the social network after this joke which clearly does not seem to please him. While a warning is sent to a user, as a last chance before the suspension of his account, now the ban on Twitter will be done directly.

Thus, Kathy Griffin paid the price for having used the identity of the businessman without having specified the parody side of his tweets. ” Going forward, all Twitter accounts that engage in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”wrote Elon Musk before adding “any name change will result in the temporary loss of the blue tick”.

The suspension of the comedian’s Twitter account has provoked many reactions among Internet users and some accuse Elon Musk of hindering freedom of expression. In response, the latter did not mince his words. ” In fact, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian. But if she really wants her account back, she can get it back. For $8 “. Last week Elon Musk announced that a subscription at $8 per month would soon be available, in particular to obtain certification on Twitter.

“I’m back from the dead”

Despite her suspension, Kathy Griffin has not lost her humor. She made her return to Twitter via the account… Of her mother who died in 2020, Maggie Griffin. “I’m back from the dead to tell you to free Kathy,” she wrote on her mother’s account.

The hashtag #FreeKathy, for “ release Kathy” then went viral. Mark Hamill, the interpreter of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the new Ambassador of the Drone Army » of the United24 project – a platform for collecting donations for Ukraine, thus supported the comedian using the hashtag.

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Renaming yourself Elon Musk on Twitter could cost you dearly