Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

Which is fine with Elon Musk if you are doing so as parody and you fully disclose on your Twitter account is parody and not affiliated with Musk. However, impersonating Elon Musk with your ‘verified’ twitter account will not be tolerated. Some American celebrities have had their Twitter accounts suspended or banned over the weekend for changing their name and image to impersonate Elon Musk.

Before acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk said he was against lifetime suspensions, promising to reinstate banned users like Donald Trump. Now, Musk wrote that Twitter will permanently suspend account impersonators if they are not clearly labeled as parody. The move comes after several verified “blue-check” users changed their accounts to impersonal Musk himself.

Twitter appears to have just banned comedian Kathy Griffin for impersonating Musk, at least temporarily, after she used his name and image in her own verified Twitter account. Other verified accounts impersonating Musk, including Jeph Jacques, also appear to have been kicked off the site.

Furthermore according to Ars Technica going forward these rules will also applied to unverified (free) account as well.

Because Musk said the rule on unlabeled parody applies to “any Twitter handles,” it appears that unverified accounts would also have to follow it. Banning all unlabeled parodies would perhaps be stricter than Twitter’s current rule that says, “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter.”

via engadget