Twitter: Elon Musk Announce Plan to Ban Fake and Unlabeled Parody Accounts | What This Means to Users

  • Elon Musk announces plan to ban all fake Twitter accounts that impersonate.
  • The policy will also affect commentaries, affiliates and newsfeed Twitter handles who do not comply with Twitter policy.
  • This announcement is part of Musk moves to make changes on Twitter since he bought the platform.
Tesla CEO and the world's richest man, Elon Musk, who is now the owner of Twitter, has announced his plan to ban accounts that impersonate other individuals or organizations from Twitter. Musk made this announcement on Monday through a series of tweets on his official page.

Twitter Announce Plan to Ban Fake and Unlabeled Parody Accounts | What This Mean to You

In his tweet, the social media boss, stated that his new policy will permanently suspend Twitter handles engaging in impersonation through a set of warnings and drafted procedures that would require affected users to verify their accounts. Failure for users to verify the suspected account may lead to a drastic deletion of the profile without notification.

"Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying "parody" will be permanently suspended.

"Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter blue."

Musk also announced that after a Twitter user receives blue tick as a sign of account verification, such user would not be allowed to change name as such attempt may result in the loss of blue verification checkmark.

"Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark," Musk tweeted.

This decision came after most Twitter handles changed their names to Elon Musk after the billionaire takeover of the microblogging platform last month.

What You Need to Know About Twitter Parody Account Policy

A parody, affiliate, commentary or fan account is an account that depicts another person, group, or organization in their profile to discuss or share information about that entity. Accounts that share newsfeeds or updates about another account also fall under this category.

The Twitter policy demands that parody accounts differentiates themselves by their account names and bio to avoid profile imitation.

Misleading and Deceptive Identities rule was already a red line on Twitter's policy before Elon Musk takeover.

More Changes on Twitter by Musk

Elon Musk has imposed a lot of changes on Twitter since his takeover of the social media platform as its new owner.

Besides the announcement against unlabeled parody accounts, other recent changes on the platform include mass sacking of staff, monthly subscription charges for verified counts blue checkbox, and more.

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