Twitter impersonators will be permanently suspended, says Musk

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Nov 6 (Reuters) – Elon Musk said on Sunday that Twitter users who engage in impersonation without clearly specifying it as a “parody” account will be permanently suspended without warning.

In a separate tweet, Musk said Twitter previously issued a warning before the suspension, but because Twitter is rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning or “no exceptions.”

“This will be clearly marked as a requirement to sign up for Twitter Blue,” Musk said, adding that any name changes will result in the temporary loss of the verified checkmark.

Twitter updated its app in the Apple App Store on Saturday to start charging $8 for searched blue verification marks, in Elon Musk’s first major overhaul of the social media platform.

Tesla Inc. (TSLA.O) Boss Musk, who will also be Twitter’s chief executive, said last month that Twitter would form a content moderation council with “very diverse views”.

“No major content or account reinstatement decisions will take place until this board meets,” he added.

On banned accounts, Musk said last week that they would not be allowed to return to Twitter until the social media platform had “a clear process for doing so.”

Creating such a process would take at least a few more weeks, Musk had tweeted, providing more clarity on the potential return of Twitter’s most famous banned user, former US President Donald Trump. The new timeline implies that Trump will not return in time for the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

Earlier on Sunday, The New York Times reported that Twitter was delaying the rollout of verification checkmarks for subscribers to its new service until after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bangalore; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lincoln Feast.

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