Twitter suspended Kathy Griffin’s account for impersonating Elon Musk

Kathy Griffin became the latest victim in Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover as the comedian’s account was suspended on Sunday.

Griffin, 62, changed her profile name to Musk and appeared to be immediately banned from the social media site.

Though her griffin features her own @kathygriffin name, the nickname next to her blue tick was “Elon Musk” – which violates the company’s policy against impersonation.

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Kathy Griffin has been suspended from the social media site after changing her name to Elon Musk

Kathy Griffin appeared to have been suspended from Twitter on Sunday when her account disappeared from the platform. (Getty Images/Getty Images)

The SpaceX founder said he takes his role as “Chief Tweet” seriously as he took on fake accounts just weeks after officially acquiring Twitter for $44 billion after months of litigation.

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“Going forward, all Twitter handling engaging in impersonation without clearly stating ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” he wrote Sunday night.

“We used to issue a warning before suspension, but now that we are introducing widespread review there will be no warning. This will be clearly marked as a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue.”

Musk launches one $8 monthly subscription service where any Twitter user can easily reach a blue tick icon.

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The simple blue mark used to be used to verify government accounts, notable figures, politicians, journalists and other verified users.

“Any name change will result in a temporary loss of the verified tick,” he added in the series of tweets.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, August 29, 2022. (Carina Johansen/Getty Images)

The overhaul serves to pay off corporate debt. Of the nearly 237 million Twitter users, fewer than 450,000 accounts currently have the blue tick icon.

A class action was filed against the company by workers who claimed the layoffs violated federal law requiring 60 days’ notice for workers, also known as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

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