These actors have been suspended from Twitter for parodying Elon Musk

It comes after Musk revealed plans to monetise verification ticks

A number of Hollywood actors with verified Twitter accounts have had their pages suspended for parodying the social media platform’s new boss, Elon Musk.

Twitter’s blue verified tag is set to be converted to a fee-based item soon, which has caused a backlash online. In recent days a number of verified stars have used their own accounts to mimic that of Musk’s including those of US comedians Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin.

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder/CEO Musk, who last month bought Twitter for $44billion (£29billion), wrote on the platform yesterday (November 6): “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”

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He made the move after Twitter users began adopting his name and image on the platform to mock him and his decisions since aquiring the network.

Former Saturday Night Live star Silverman had her account suspended after she changed her name and profile picture to mirror Musk’s. According to Rolling Stone she used the short time that she had posing as Musk to Tweet: “I am a freedom of speech absolutist and I eat doody for breakfast every day.”

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Sarah Silverman had her Twitter account locked for parodying Elon Musk

Fellow comedian Griffin, meanwhile, used her new parody account to send a political message before being suspended.

Ahead of the US mid-term elections, she wrote: “After much spirited discussion with the females in my life, I’ve decided that voting blue for their choice is only right. (They’re also sexy females, btw.) #VoteBlueToProtectWomen.”

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View screenshots of Griffin’s account (as captured by Pop Crave) below:

Other actors seemingly hit with a suspension for parodying Musk include Mad Men star Rich Sommer and former NFL star Chris Kluwe.

Meanwhile, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic managed to convince many people on Twitter that Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe had his account locked for parodying Yankovic on the social media platform earlier today (November 7).

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Daniel Radcliffe as “Weird Al” Yankovic. CREDIT: The Roku Channel

Radcliffe plays Yankovic in a new comedy biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story – and the musician, known for his popular parody versions of hit songs by Michael Jackson, Madonna and others, joke-tweeted that Twitter had mistaken Radcliffe’s account for a fake Yankovic one. In fact, Radcliffe does not have an official Twitter account.

Since Musk’s takeover, he’s not only announced plans to make verified users pay a monthly fee but has laid off half its staff and overseen “a massive drop in revenue” on the platform.

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