Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that parody accounts will be facing a significant change. “Going forward, accounts engaged in parody must include ‘parody’ in their name, not just in bio,” said the billionaire. “To be more precise, accounts doing parody impersonations. Basically, tricking people is not ok,” he added in another tweet. If you’re wondering what brought this on, you must have been avoiding Twitter for the last few days, because the situation was equal parts insane, funny, and off-putting, depending on what kind of content you’d stumble upon.
Going forward, accounts engaged in parody must include â€œparodyâ€ in their name, not just in bio
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 11, 2022
With the Twitter Blue verification checkmark looking indistinguishable from the real deal, many users were able to simply shell out $8 and make themselves look like the accounts of people verified through the actual verification program. As an example, there have been plenty of instances of users who’d change their Twitter name to “Elon Musk,” pay for the verification, update their profile picture, and impersonate Musk as they said all manner of ridiculous things. At the first glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell that they were really impersonating someone; it’s only the Twitter handle that really gives it away.
The platform quickly became flooded with impersonations of all kinds of celebrities and companies ranging from Musk himself to President Biden. It’s not a surprise that Twitter is now pulling the plug on these “parody accounts,” but at the same time, it’s hard not to find some small dose of hilarity in the chaos that has completely overtaken Twitter in the last week or two.