Kathy Griffin and others suspended from Elon Musk’s Twitter

Kathy Griffin has challenged Elon Musk to a game of Twitter whack-a-mole after she was booted from the platform for posing as a billionaire tech mogul.

The comedian broke the Twitter lockdown on Sunday by using her late mother Maggie Griffin’s account to further troll Musk, the social media site’s new CEO. Twitter recently suspended the accounts of several celebrities – including Griffin, Sarah Silverman and Rich Sommer – who changed their display names to his.

“I’m back from the grave to say… #FreeKathy“, Griffin tweeted from her mother’s side. She also changed the account’s display name and profile picture to match Musk’s.

“By the way, that’s KG.” she later clarified. “I’m tweeting from my dead mother’s account. She wouldn’t mind.”

Shortly after Twitter suspended Griffin’s account, Musk explained On the weekend: “Going forward, all Twitter handling engaging in impersonation without clearly stating ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”

However, with the political columnist Benny Johnson tweeted on Sunday that Griffin “had been permanently suspended from Twitter for identity theft charges.” @ElonMusk“, Musk joked“Actually, she was suspended for posing as a comedian.”

“You stole that joke, you…” Griffin answered Hours later from her mother’s account. “People have been posting this joke for hours, you hacker. Listen, please run this company better. It used to mean something. That’s KG, by the way.”

Griffin isn’t the only entertainer to have been kicked off Twitter for mocking Musk on his own behalf. According to the insider, “Mad Men” actor Sommer had his account suspended after he copied Musk’s profile and jokingly tweeted, “Okay it’s time to employ plan B as they keep me tweeting.”

Although her account has since been reactivated, comedian Silverman is posted a screenshot proving that her page was temporarily suspended after taking Musk’s name and tweeting, “I’m total freedom of speech and I eat Doody for breakfast every day.”

According to the insider, actor and former UCLA soccer player Chris Kluwe had his account suspended after mimicking Musk’s profile and tweeting, “There’s nothing like waking up and enjoying a fresh, steaming cup of my own pee. Such a fizzy start to the day and scientifically proven to help brain cell growth. If you want to be like me, drink your piss.”

Musk shared a link to it on Monday Official Twitter rulesetwhich states, “You may not impersonate any individual, group, or entity in order to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts others’ experience on Twitter.”

“Twitter rules will evolve over time,” Musk tweeted, “but for now, the rules are as follows.”

After Musk’s Twitter takeover, other stars have abandoned the platform. Celebrities who have left the Vogel app so far include TV producer Shonda Rhimes, singer Toni Braxton and model Gigi Hadid.

“I am shocked and appalled by some of the ‘free speech’ I have seen on this platform since it was taken over.” Braxton tweeted last week. “Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; So I choose to stay away from Twitter as it is no longer a safe place for me, my sons and other POC.”

“Not hanging around for what Elon has planned.” Rhimes tweeted. “Bye.”

On Monday’s episode of The View, panelist Whoopi Goldberg vowed to leave Twitter “today.”

“It’s so messy and… I’ll get out” she said. “And when it settles down and I’m more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back. But tonight I’m done.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-07/kathy-griffin-suspended-twitter-elon-musk-sarah-silverman Kathy Griffin and others suspended from Elon Musk’s Twitter

Sarah Ridley

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