Kathy Griffin Gets Silenced As Twitter Suspends Her Account & As Elon Musk Warns People “Engaging In Impersonation”

Kathy Griffin lost her privilege of “free speech” on Twitter after her account was suspended. This was followed by a tweet from Elon Musk warning people about “engaging in impersonation.”

The My Life on the D-List alum was suspended from using Twitter after she partook in a Twitter trend where users started changing their display name to Elon Musk. Griffin did not change her Twitter handle, which she had kept as “@kathygriffin.”

Musk took to Twitter to warn other users engaging in behavior like Griffin’s saying, “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”

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“Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning,” he added. This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue. Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”

Valerie Bertinelli was another high-profile Twitter user that engaged in changing her display name to Elon Musk, but reverted back to using her name on Sunday.

“Okey-dokey I’ve had my fun and I think I made my point,” she tweeted. “I’m just not a ‘trending’ kind of gal. Never have been, never want to be. Have a safe Sunday everyone! xo.”

Musk plans to open up Twitter verification for all of its users by having them sign up for Twitter Blue which will cost each individual $8 a month. The Tesla founder returned to Twitter to clarify his “commitment to free speech” saying it “extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk.”

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