Twitter CEO Elon Musk suspended comedian Kathy Griffin from Twitter over the weekend for changing her profile name to “Elon Musk.” Impersonation without specifically citing “parody” is in violation of the blue bird’s user agreement.

“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” he wrote Sunday night.

“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.”

Musk initially joked that Griffin was “suspended for impersonating a comedian.”

The story got stranger when Griffin logged into her dead mother’s Twitter account to start the hashtag #FreeKathy.

“Apologize in advance for all the comments you’re gonna have to read about how ugly I am and they’re probably gonna throw you in there too,” Griffin allegedly tweeted from her deceased mother’s account. “Oh by the way this is KG. I’m tweeting from my dead mother’s account. She would not mind.”

Griffin’s account is still suspended as of Monday morning. “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter,” the company’s terms of service says.

The company allows parody accounts —but the user must make it clear that the account is for parody.

“If we determine a profile features another’s image, we will also evaluate the context in which the image is used,” the terms of service state. “We are most likely to take action if an account falsely claims to be the entity portrayed in the profile photo, as with impersonation or fake accounts.”

This story is developing…

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