Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has issued a new set of guidelines for the ownership of parody accounts on the network.
According to him, any Twitter handle that engages in impersonation without clearly stating “parody” would be permanently banned.
Furthermore, he stated that any verified user who changes their name on Twitter would lose their verification badge without warning.
The new regulations come on the heels of Twitter charging $8 per month for verification and other premium services.
Musk on a mission: The billionaire who recently changed his Twitter bio to ‘Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator’ said his mission is to make the platform the most accurate source of information about the world.
While noting that widespread verification will democratize journalism and empower the voice of the people, Musk said the new rule is a condition for signing up for Twitter Blue.
“My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk. Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark,” Musk said.
Staff recall at Twitter: In another development, several reports are suggesting that Twitter is reaching out to some former employees to come back after it engaged in a mass layoff last week. The company’s new owner Elon Musk laid off 3,700 people from Twitter — almost half of its staff — after he completed the takeover.
A Bloomberg report cited sources saying that the company asked some workers to return as they were laid off “by mistake.” It also noted it was calling some other employees back as they were critical for building features for the platform Musk envisions.