Kathy Griffin reportedly logged back into Twitter Sunday evening after being banned from the platform earlier in the day for impersonating new Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Musk notified users that they would no longer be able to impersonate other accounts moving forward since the company was moving to implement a new program Monday that would allow anyone to receive a verified account for a monthly fee.
Griffin’s account was temporarily restricted after she impersonated Musk by changing her profile photo to his photo and her user name to “Elon Musk,” even though her handle remained as “@kathygriffin.”
Musk responded to a Twitter account posting the news that Griffin was banned for impersonating him by first taking a swipe at her and then saying he would allow her back on the platform.
“Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian,” Musk tweeted. “But if she really wants her account back, she can have it.”
Musk later added that she would have to pay the $8 fee to use the new Twitter Blue.
Deadline reported that Griffin returned to the platform using her dead mother’s account to defend herself, tweeting: “FreeKathy.”
“Apologize in advance for all the comments you’re gonna have to read about how ugly I am and they’re probably gonna throw you in there too,” Griffin allegedly tweeted from her deceased mother’s account. “Oh by the way this is KG. I’m tweeting from my dead mother’s account. She would not mind.”
Around the time Griffin was suspended, Musk explained in a series of tweets that impersonating other people from a verified account would no longer be acceptable.
“This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue,” Musk continued. “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”
“Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world,” Musk later added. “That’s our mission.”
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