Twitter CEO Elon Musk said all of Twitter engages in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody”. will be “permanently suspended”.
“Previously we issued a warning before the suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning,” he tweeted on Sunday evening.
He said any name change would result in the temporary loss of a verified tick.
On Sunday evening, several accounts that had changed their name to Elon Musk or approximations of Elon Musk appeared to be suspended or placed behind a warning sign, including those of American comedian Kathy Griffin and the Australian satire site. the hunter.
Musk has previously said he opposes permanent Twitter bans.
Appearing to defend his sweeping bans, Musk tweeted that he was always committed to free speech and would do so. continue to allow the account reporting its movements to remain online.
The latest storm comes amid reported uncertainty over Twitter’s planned rollout of verification checks for a monthly fee of $7.99, which is a feature of its paid service Twitter Blue.
The New York Times reported that the new feature would be delayed until after the US midterm elections, amid fears users could buy verification, pretend to be a political figure and then sow electoral confusion.
Twitter’s engineering teams are rolling out new features at breakneck speed amid the chaos and distress caused by reports of the summary layoff of half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees.
It was reported Sunday night that dozens of those made redundant had been asked to return because they had either been fired in error or the company had since realized their work was vital to creating the new features Musk was looking for.
He acquired Twitter late last month for $44 billion, in a deal backed by billions of his own money. The entrepreneur has now set up a war room at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, where he and a small team of advisers scramble to cut costs and come up with new products.
The first of these was Twitter Blue, which rolled out in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
On previously banned accounts, Musk said last week that they would not be allowed to return to Twitter until the social media platform had “a clear process for doing so”.
Creating such a process would take at least a few more weeks, Musk had tweeted, providing more clarity on the potential return of Twitter’s most famous banned user, former US President Donald Trump. The new timeline implies that Trump will not return in time for the Nov. 8 midterm elections.