Kathy Griffin was the latest victim of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, with the comedian’s account suspended on Sunday.
Griffin, 62, changed her profile name to Musk and appeared to be quickly banned from the social media site.
Despite her handle showing her own name @kathygriffin, the nickname by her blue checkmark said “Elon Musk” — which violates company policy against identity theft.
The Founder of SpaceX indicated that he takes his role as ‘Chief Tweet’ seriously as he deals with fake accounts just weeks after officially acquiring Twitter for $44 billion after months of legal wrangling.
“Going forward, all Twitter accounts that engage in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” he wrote on Sunday evening.
“We used to issue a warning prior to the suspension, but now that we’re rolling out widespread verification, there won’t be a warning. This will be clearly marked as a requirement to join Twitter Blue.”
Musk launches a $8 monthly subscription service where any Twitter user can easily reach a blue tick symbol.
The simple blue mark was previously used to verify the accounts of government, notable figures, politicians, journalists and other controlled users.
“Any name changes will result in the temporary loss of the verified tick,” he added in the series of tweets.
The overhaul is designed with the aim of paying off the company’s debt. Of the nearly 237 million Twitter users, fewer than 450,000 accounts currently have the blue tick symbols.
A class action was filed against the company by workers who claimed the layoffs violated federal law requiring 60 days notice for employees, also known as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.