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Twitter bans impersonation without parody label

Elon Musk says Twitter users engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying it as a parody account will be permanently suspended.

Twitter previously issued a warning before suspending accounts, but there would now be no warning, he announced in a series of tweets.

The company’s new owner laid off around half of the company’s workforce at the end of last week.

He also confirmed plans to allow users to buy blue-tick verified status.

Detailing the new policy on parody accounts, Mr Musk tweeted: “Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.”

He added that “any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark”.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye