Chipzel, one of the most famous chiptune artists (and video game creators) on the planet, is among the famous users whose Twitter account has been suspended after seemingly infringing, but also not infringing. some new rules.
Musk, who bought the social media platform despite not knowing what to do with it, how to run it, or affordabilitystarted his term last month by celebrating the return of free speechquick to remind everyone that the greatest “freedom of speech” champions rarely care about any of that.
One of the big reasons his short reign was unpopular – along with the masses (could be illegal) failure, uncertainty over membership fees paid, and just, more generally, divorced Guy — which has been promised an overhaul of Twitter’s verification process, granted to public figures ( and those working in a job field rife with impersonation, like journalism) a small blue check mark next to their name. It’s a little thing designed to simply let people know you really are who you’re claiming to be, but for bad reasons of free language and MAGA weirdos have spent a lot years to haunt them, upgrading an administrative feature to what they think is discriminatory, a digital caste system.
As a result, one of Musk’s first business orders as a Twitter owner was to come up with the idea of replacing the current verification process—a process where Twitter manually verifies people/ your company that you really are you—with… a system where anyone can pay $8 for a blue tick (a move that has since delayed until after the US midterm elections).
Because this is such an incredibly stupid (and dangerous!) idea, many verified users have spent the last few days changing their usernames and profile pictures to the same name Musk himself uses used, in clear and obvious examples of what will happen. global scale so the verification process is overhauled this way.
Musk, madness in his head and spent the past few days hanging around like a substitute teacher who lost classsought to break with this practice — simply to know what was coming! —early today when he said “In the future, any Twitter that handles impersonation without explicitly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended.”
Famous Australian satirical website The Chaser Apparently one of the victims of these new guidelines, their account was locked not long after renaming Musk’s breed, despite clearly following the rule and marking their account as parody (they didn’t even change the name to ‘Elon Musk’, they changed to ‘Elom Musk’).
However, their account was reinstated, with the new name ‘Elon Musk Fondles Dogs’:
They are not alone. Chipzel who is not only a famous chiptune artist but also makes soundtracks for games like Super hexagon and Dicey DungeonsFind Her account is suspended todaypreviously changed her name to ‘🌈elon musk’ parody ”, which again does not break the rules as Musk himself has stated.
UPDATE 11:59pm – Chipzel’s account has been kinda restored, although this warning page appeared before the viewer could access her feed:
What both do seems to violate is a difference rule he hastily put in place shortly after, which is extremely sought to prevent verified users from changing their display name (Tweet will always show two names, one you can edit and your actual Twitter username, which you can’t). In a follow-up Tweet, he said “Any name change will temporarily remove the verified check mark,” due to how often people do this—for everything from sporting events to Halloween to the holiday season—Is extremely funny:
Former NFL Athlete (and Kotaku commenter) Chris Kluwe is another verified user that has been suspendedalso changed his profile picture and display name to match Musk’s (along with tweeting some meaningful things about Tesla cars). That’s a pretty heavy-handed rule just trying to stop people from mocking you on the internet!
If only Twitter had some sort of verification process that could easily sort out which accounts are real and which are fake. Ah good!
It’s strange that all these accounts have been locked out completely, instead of just temporarily losing verification as he clearly stated, but with half of Twitter’s employees were fired and the other half burned I guess it’s a mix, policy decisions are rushed, don’t know what bad idea you’re actually suspended for and billionaires have lamented “I do not own! I don’t own!! “will be the standard for the foreseeable future.
I’ve reached out to Twitter for clarification on what rule the affected accounts violated and will update if they can find it and get back to me.
UPDATE 2, 1:25 a.m. ET Nov. 7: This is a message received by another verified user, outlining the ways in which their account details violate the new Twitter rules and the steps needed to lift their suspension (about basically delete Elon profile photo and name):