Musk threatens to boot Twitter account impersonators
On Sunday, Elon Musk said via a post that any Twitter account used to impersonate another person will be permanently suspended.
The new owner of the platform issued the warning after some celebrities changed their Twitter display names to “Elon Musk” and tweeted under that name in response to the billionaire’s decision to offer verified accounts to anyone for $8 per month while he simultaneously laid off a large portion of the workforce.
In the future, Musk added, Twitter accounts that engage in impersonation without specifically indicating “parody” would be permanently terminated. Before Twitter used “widespread verification,” it would provide warnings before suspending accounts.
The world’s wealthiest man warned that changing his name might cause him to temporarily lose his verified status.
On Sunday, when the comedian changed her screen name to “Musk,” her account was immediately suspended. A Bloomberg reporter found out from her that she had borrowed his profile picture.
Perhaps not ALL content moderators were laid off? After the event, Griffin joked, “Lol,” on Mastodon, an alternative social media network where she created an account last week.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli also tweeted on Musk’s handle on Saturday to promote Democratic politicians, before revealing her real identity. “Okey-dokey. I had a good time and I hope I made my point,” she tweeted afterwards.
Bertinelli recounted the history of the blue checkmark of authentication before the prank. Journalists made up a disproportionate share of the free accounts, although they were given to anybody whose identity Twitter staff had verified. That means your identification has been checked and confirmed. Bertinelli said, “Imposters would have a difficult problem passing themselves off as you.”
The time has passed when it was relevant. Have a good time! In her defence, she did contribute something.
Musk believes that the $8 verified accounts are his approach of “democratising” the service. Users who “sign up today” for the new “Twitter Blue with verification” may acquire the blue check next to their names “exactly like the celebrities, corporations, and politicians you currently follow,” according to a Saturday update for iOS devices posted in Apple’s app store.
As said, the service will launch in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. On Sunday, though, it was still unavailable, and there was no word on when it will be released. The Associated Press was informed by a Twitter employee, Esther Crawford, that the feature is “soon but it hasn’t debuted yet.”
An email sent to Twitter on Sunday asking for comment on the verified accounts problem and Griffin’s ban went unanswered.
Later, Musk said on Twitter, “Twitter needs to become the most reliable source of information about the globe. Our goal is to achieve this.
This might increase the spread of false material on the platform in the lead-up to Tuesday’s midterm elections if the firm were to remove blue checks from currently verified users, which has not occurred.
Since the layoffs occurred on Friday, affecting roughly half of Twitter’s 7,500 employee staff, some users have begun moving away from the network, with Griffin being one such user. Counter Social is another popular option. People are worried that if moderation and verification are no longer in place, the internet’s most trusted source of information from government and other authoritative sources would become a cesspool of falsehoods.
Many businesses have suspended advertising on the site out of fear that Musk would further anarchize the community.
The head of Twitter’s safety and integrity team, Yoel Roth, attempted to calm their nerves in a message on Friday. In his words, the company’s frontline content moderation team was spared the brunt of the layoffs.
On Friday night, Musk tweeted that layoffs were inevitable since “the firm is losing over $4M/day.” He did not disclose Twitter’s daily losses but did say that those let off will get severance payments equal to three months’ salary.
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