Musk threatens to launch Twitter imitators

Musk threatens to launch Twitter imitators

BOSTON (AP) — Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that Twitter will permanently suspend any account on the social media platform that impersonates someone else.

The platform’s new owner issued the warning after some celebrities changed their Twitter names, rather than their account names, and tweeted as “Elon Musk” in response to the billionaire’s decision to offer checking accounts to all visitors for $8 a month, as that he fired at the same time. most of the workforce.

“After that, any Twitter activity that engages in impersonation without clearly stating ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk wrote. While Twitter used to issue warnings before the suspensions, now that it’s undergoing a “broad review, there will be no warning.”

In fact, “any name change at all” would cause the verified token to be temporarily lost, the world’s richest man said.

Comedian Kathy Griffin’s account was suspended on Sunday after she changed her screen name to Musk. He told a Bloomberg reporter that he also used his profile photo.

“I don’t think ALL the content moderators were let go? Lol,” Griffin joked afterward on Mastodon, the alternative social media platform where he opened an account last week.

Actor Valerie Bertinelli also appropriated Musk’s screen name, posting a series of tweets in support of the Democratic candidate on Saturday before switching to her real name. “Okey-dokey. I had fun and I think I made my point,” he tweeted.

Before the stunt, Bertinelli noted the original purpose of the blue check mark. It was given free to people whose identities were verified by Twitter staff. most of the recipients are journalists. “It just meant your identity was verified. Fraudsters will have a harder time coming to you,” Bertinelli said.

“It no longer applies. Good luck out there.” he added.

He claims the $8 checking accounts are Musk’s way of democratizing the service. A Twitter update for iOS devices listed in Apple’s app store on Saturday said users who “sign up now” with the new “Twitter Blue Check” can get a blue check next to their name “like celebrities, companies and politicians you are. they are already watching.”

It said the service would first be available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, but it was not available on Sunday and there was no indication when it would go live. Twitter employee Esther Crawford told The Associated Press that it’s “coming soon, but it’s not live yet.”

Twitter did not respond to an email Sunday seeking comment on the verified accounts issue and Griffin’s suspension.

Musk later tweeted: “Twitter should become the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission.”

If the company strips current verified users of blue checks, which it hasn’t done, it could fuel misinformation on the platform during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Like Griffin, some Twitter users have already started migrating from the platform; Counter Social is another popular alternative, following layoffs that began Friday that reportedly affected about half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees. They fear that the breakdown of moderation and verification could create a free-for-all of misinformation on what has been the Internet’s main conduit for reliable communication between public agencies and other institutions.

Many companies have stopped advertising on the platform, fearing it could become more unruly under Musk.

Twitter’s head of security and integrity, Yoel Roth, tried to assuage such concerns on Friday. He said the company’s front-line content moderation staff was the least affected by the job cuts.

Musk tweeted late Friday that there was no choice but to cut jobs “when the company is losing over $4 million/day.” He did not give details on the daily losses on Twitter and said that the employees who lost their jobs had been offered three months’ pay as severance pay.

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