Chipzel, one of the best-known chiptune artists (and video game composers) on the planet, is among a number of high-profile users who have had their Twitter accounts suspended after apparently breaking, but not breaking, some new rules. .
Musk, who bought the social media platform despite not knowing what to do with it, how to run it, or being able to afford itstarted his term last month celebrating the return of freedom of expressionquickly reminding anyone that the people who most defend “free speech” are rarely interested in such a thing.
One of the main reasons his short reign has proven so unpopular, along with the mass (possibly illegal) layoffs, uncertainty about paid membership costs, and just general divorced-type ramblings — it’s been your promised overhaul of Twitter’s verification process, which gives public figures (and those who work in lines of work plagued by phishing , such as journalism) a small blue mark next to their names. It’s a little thing designed to let the masses know that you really are the person you say you are, but for worm reasons, the freaks at Free Speech and MAGA have spent years obsessing over them, elevating an administrative feature to something they believe which is a discriminatory digital caste system.
As such, one of Musk’s first orders of business as owner of Twitter was to float the idea of replacing the current verification process, one where Twitter manually verifies with your people/company that you are actually yourself.with… a system where anyone can pay $8 for a blue tick (a move that has since it was delayed until after the US midterm elections.).
Because this is such an astonishingly stupid (and dangerous!) idea, many verified users have spent the last few days changing their usernames and profile pictures to the same ones used by Musk himself, in clear and obvious examples of what what will happen on a global scale if the verification process is reviewed in this way.
Musk, wildly in your head and after spending the last few days wandering like a substitute teacher who has missed classtried to eliminate this practice, just a taste of what is to come! Earlier today when she said, “In the future, any Twitter handles that engage in phishing without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”
Popular Australian satire website The pursuer seemed to be one of the victims of these new guidelines, his account was banned shortly after he changed his name to resemble Musk’s, despite clearly following this rule and marking his account as a parody (they also didn’t change his name to ‘Elon Musk’ , they changed it to ‘Elom Musk’).
However, his account has since been restored, with the new name ‘Elon Musk Fondles Dogs’:
They are not alone. Chipzel, who is not only a great chiptune artist, but has also made the soundtracks for games like super hexagon Y dangerous dungeonsfound your own account suspended todayhaving previously changed his name to ‘🌈elon musk “parody”‘, which again does not violate the rule as stated by Musk himself.
UPDATE 23:59 – Chipzel’s account has been kinda restored, albeit with this warning page that appears before viewers can access your feed:
that both of them do seems to violate is a different rule he hastily introduced immediately after, which incredibly seeks to prevent verified users from changing their display name (tweets will always show two names, a display name you can edit and your real Twitter username, which you can’t). In a follow-up tweet, it says, “Any name changes will cause the temporary loss of the verified checkmark,” which given how often people do this:for everything from sporting events to Halloween and the holiday season—it’s unbelievably funny:
Former NFL kicker (and Kotaku commentator) Chris Kluwe is another verified user who has been suspendedhe also changed his profile picture and display name to match Musk’s (along with tweeting some mean things about Tesla cars). That’s a pretty harsh rule just to try and stop people from making fun of you on the internet!
If only Twitter had some kind of verification process in place that could easily sort out which accounts were real and which were fake. Oh ok!
It is strange that all these accounts were completely blocked, instead of temporarily losing their verification as he clearly said, but with half of the twitter staff was fired and the other half burned to a potato chip I guess mix-ups, hastily implemented political decisions, not knowing what crazy idea you got suspended for, and billionaires crying.”I am not owned! I am not owned!!” they are going to be the norm for the foreseeable future.
I’ve reached out to Twitter to clarify what rule the affected accounts broke, and I’ll update if they can ever find out and get back to me.
UPDATE 2, 1:25am ET November 7: Here’s a notification another verified user received, explaining the ways his account details violated Twitter’s new rules and the steps required to have his suspension lifted (basically removing Elon’s profile name and photo ):
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