Twitter is strong in cracking down on impersonation
As seen in the tweet above, Elon confirmed that the platform will not let anyone try to impersonate someone else. The only recourse for such accounts is proper disclosure that they are a parody account, failure of which will result in permanent suspension from the platform. Any name change will also result in the temporary loss of a verified checkmark, Elon said.
For those who don’t know, Twitter already has a very strong policy for handling impersonation, but cheaters are given adequate warning before suspension. However, that has changed now that Twitter is rolling out widespread verification, which can become very confusing if everyone is verified and starts setting the same username.
Musk has had first-hand experience of impersonation as of late, as many (already) verified Twitter handles have changed themselves to Elon Musk, even changing their profile pictures to match Musk’s current profile picture. Comedians Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman changed their names to Elon Musk to prove a flaw in the new verification procedures. However, it soon went south, as both accounts were suspended.
Since buying Twitter, Musk has been constantly in the news, making several radical changes to the platform that have invited plenty of public opposition. In particular, Kasturi started a mass eviction About half of Twitter’s workforce to cut costs. He was sued in a San Francisco court for the incessant firing, but now it has been announced that all fired employees will receive three months’ pay.