American comedian Kathy Griffin was banned from Twitter for making fun of Elon Musk. The actress parodied the billionaire to push voters to vote democrat in the mid-term elections of this Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The new boss of Twitter therefore reacted by censoring the artist on his new property: Twitter.
Elon Musk: the new boss of Twitter
At the end of October 2022, billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter for the modest sum of 44 billion dollars. On October 28, Elon Musk formalized this recent takeover with a demagogue Tweet: “The bird is released”. In the aftermath, Elon Musk fired Twitter CEO: Parag Agrawal. Three other leaders of the social network were Thanks: Ned Segal, Legal Affairs Manager, Vijaya Gadde, General Counsel and Sean Edgett. He also separated; half of the 7500 employees of Twitter in place so far. The message is clear, Elon Musk wants to take control of Twitter and rebuild the social network at home. his image.
The beginning of censorship?
Shortly after his acquisition, Elon Musk seems to be revealing his true face. Recently, the boss of SpaceX has closed; comedian Kathy Griffin's Twitter account. The latter, followed by more than2 million followers, has been suspended from the social network on November 6th. A punishment that follows a a recent speech by the artist. Indeed, Kathy Griffin used; the image of Elon Musk for a parodic and militant purpose. Indeed, the comedian has modified her profile to turn it into a fake account of Elon Musk himself. She rebranded herself as the billionaire and replaced his profile picture by a snapshot; of the businessman. She did this manipulation for the purpose of activism for urge voters to vote Democratic in the US midterm elections.
But this impersonation didn't like it Elon Musk who, without further ado, closed the Kathy Griffin's account. He justified its action saying that:
In the future, all Twitter accounts engaging in identity theft without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended. Any name change will result in the temporary loss of the verified tick.
He then clarified; that Kathy Griffin will be able to recover her Twitter account if she pays the symbolic sum of 8 dollars, the price of the future Twitter Blue subscriptionset up by Musk. This drastic sanction resulted in a wave of indignation on Twitter. The social network policy has always prohibited identity theft, but has never implemented this kind of censorship. Previously, the procedure went through several warnings before the account was closed.
Kathy Griffin recently fired back; using his late mother’s Twitter account with a humorous post commenting on Elon Musk s tweet:
“I have come back from the grave to say… #FreeKathy”
This censorship contradicts recent statements by the billionaire who advocates the defense of freedom of expression. Shortly after taking over Twitter, he said; that the defense of freedom of expression was his priority; Number 1:
Extended verification all will democratize journalism and empower the people. Journalists thinking they are the only legitimate source of news is the big lie.
The Twitter Blue tool is a way for everyone to get the famous blue badge in exchange for an 8 dollars a month subscription. Yet, despite these beautiful words, we are not sure that obtaining a blue badge, a guarantee of legitimacy, in exchange for financial compensation, is a democratic and libertarian act.. .