Elon Musk says fake Twitter accounts must have ‘parody’ in name
New York: Elon Musk is trying to set parameters after a wave of fake but verified accounts flooded Twitter this week following the company’s rollout of the $8-a-month verification policy.
On Thursday, Musk said accounts engaged in parody must henceforth include “parody” in their name, not just in their bio.
“To be more precise, accounts doing parody impersonations,” Musk said. “Basically, tricking people is not okay.”
Previously, Musk said Twitter will permanently suspend any account engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody.”
Since then, a flood of accounts purporting to be famous people and brands – everyone from LeBron James to George W. Bush to Nintendo – have popped up on the platform, stoking even more chaos after Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the company late last month.
Many of these parody accounts included the name of the person or company in the handle alongside the blue verification checkmark. This made it impossible to know these were parody accounts without clicking on the profiles and seeing the bios.