D-list celebrity Kathy Griffin was suspended from Twitter on Sunday for violating the platform’s Terms of Service by way of using her account to impersonate the new owner, tech billionaire Elon Musk, but she didn’t stay gone for long.
Within hours of losing her verified account, Griffin evaded the ban and began tweeting insults at Musk again through the old account of her late mother, which is also a violation of the platform’s rules, Breitbart reported.
Impersonation is a violation
As a form of defiant protest against Musk extending Twitter’s blue badge of verification to all users for $8 per month, a number of prominent leftist accounts, including Griffin, changed their avatar and account name to match that of Musk’s official account and began tweeting insults and various leftist messages that appeared at a glance to have come from him.
That act violated the platform’s longstanding prohibition against users impersonating other accounts and resulted in a number of accounts being restricted or outright suspended, again including Griffin.
“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted after Griffin had been banned.
“Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue,” he added. “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”
Musk has jokes
Just hours later, however, Griffin violated the rules again to evade the ban and resurrected the dead account of her late mother, Maggie Griffin, and proceeded to use it to once again impersonate and insult Musk, according to Breitbart.
In response to a tweet announcing that Griffin had been suspended for impersonating Musk, the new Twitter CEO joked, “Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian.”
“But if she really wants her account back, she can have it,” he added, “For $8.”
Griffin returns to attack Musk
The attention-starved so-called comedian lashed out in reply from her dead mother’s account, and wrote in a tweet that has since been removed, “I mean … you stole that joke, you asshole. People have been posting that joke for hours, you hack. Look, please do a better job running this company. It used to mean something. This is KG btw.”
Breitbart noted that numerous other users called out and reported Griffin for attempting to evade her suspension by using her dead mother’s old account to attack and harass Musk while some other Musk-hating users expressed support for her violation of the rules.
As of now, it appears that the old account for Maggie Griffin has not been permanently suspended, though it may be limited, as there have not been any new posts there since Monday.