Musk warns Twitter will permanently ban impersonators after getting parodied by verified users

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Twitter accounts that impersonate other individuals will be permanently banned from the platform, the social media platform’s new owner Elon Musk announced on Sunday night after several verified users parodied the billionaire by using his display image and name on their accounts.

Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum's 2022 Hallowe'en Party at Sake No Hana at Moxy LES on October 31, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum’s 2022 Hallowe’en Party at Sake No Hana at Moxy LES on October 31, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Several users on Twitter accused Musk of engaging in hypocrisy when it came to free speech after several verified accounts parodying were suspended. Musk responded to this by tweeting: “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk.”