Musk threatens to boot Twitter account impersonators | Business News

BOSTON (AP) – Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that Twitter will permanently suspend all accounts on the social media platform that impersonate others.

The new domain’s owner issued a warning after some celebrities changed their Twitter names — not their account names — and tweeted ‘Elon Musk’ in response to the decision. The billionaire proposed to offer a verified account to all comers for $8 a month if he left his position. a large part of the workforce.

“Going forward, anyone responsible for Twitter making spoofs without a clear definition of “parody” will be permanently suspended,” Musk wrote. While Twitter previously issued a warning before the suspension, now that “it’s widely verified there will be no warning.”

In fact, “any name change” would force the loss of the certified trademark, the world’s richest man said.

comedian Kathy Griffin suspended his account on Sunday after he changed his screen name to Musk. He told Bloomberg reporters that he also used his profile picture.

“I don’t think all the content moderators were allowed to go? Lol,” Griffin said later on Mastodon, another social media platform where he set up an account last week.

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Actress Valerie Bertinelli used the same name as Musk – sending a series of tweets in support of the Democratic candidate on Saturday before switching back to her real name. “Okay-dokey. I had fun and I think I made my point,” she tweeted afterward.

Before the event, Bertinelli noted the purpose of the blue check mark. It was given free to those who confirmed their identity by Twitter staff; with the reporter taking a large share of the receiver. “It just meant that your identity was verified. Fraudsters will have a harder time impersonating you,” Bertinelli said.

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

The $8 verified account is Musk’s way of beefing up the service, he said. On Saturday, a Twitter update for iOS devices listed in Apple’s app store said that users who “sign up now” for the new “Twitter Blue with authentication” can get the blue check next to his name “just like your celebrities, companies and politicians. It’s next.”

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He said the service would 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. A Twitter user, Esther Crawford, told The Associated Press that it’s coming “soon but it hasn’t started yet.”

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

Musk later tweeted, “Twitter needs to become the most accurate source of information about the world. That is our mission.”

If the company removed verified users with blue checks — something that hasn’t happened yet — that could add to the scandal on the platform during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Like Griffin, some Twitter users have already begun migrating from the platform — Counter Social is a popular alternative — after layoffs that began Friday reportedly affected about half of the workforce. 7500 on Twitter. They fear that a breach in the configuration and authentication of what is the Internet’s largest channel for secure communications from the service could lead to a public shaming free-for-all. -government and other institutions.

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Many companies have suspended advertising on the platform amid fears it could spiral out of control under Musk.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, sought to calm such concerns in a tweet on Friday. He said the company’s front-line content control staff were the least affected by the job cuts.

Musk tweeted last Friday that he had no choice but to cut jobs “when the company is losing more than $4M/day.” He did not give details of the daily losses on Twitter and said that the workers who lost their jobs had been given three months’ pay.

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