Chipzel, one of the most famous chiptune artists (and video game composers) on the planet, is among the high-profile users whose Twitter account was suspended after seemingly breaking, but not breaking, some new rules.
Musk, who bought a social media platform despite not knowing what to do with it, how to operate it or cannot afford itstarted working last month celebrating the return of free speechquickly reminding everyone that the people who are the loudest advocates of “free speech” are rarely interested in anything like that.
One of the main reasons why his short reign proved so unpopular is along with the masses (possibly illegal) layoffs, uncertainty about membership fees, and just general chatter about the Divorced Guy—was their promised removal of the Twitter verification process, which provides public figures (and those who work in fields rife with impersonation, such as journalism) a little blue checkmark next to their names. It’s a tiny little thing meant just to let the masses know that you really are who you say you are, but for brain worm reasons, the freaks at Free Speech and MAGA have been obsessed with them for years, elevating the administrative function to what they consider a discriminatory digital caste system.
So one of Musk’s first things as the owner of Twitter was to come up with the idea of replacing the current verification process where Twitter manually checks with your people/company that you are really you –with… a system where anyone can pay $8 for a blue tick (the move that as it was delayed until after the US midterm elections).
Because this is such a startlingly stupid (and dangerous!) idea, many verified users have spent the last few days changing their usernames and profile photos to those used by Musk himself, in clear and obvious examples of what would happen on a global scale if the verification process will be revised in this way.
Musk, wildly over his head and spending the last few days as a substitute teacher who lost a classsought to stop this practice – just a taste of what is to come! — earlier today, when he said, “Going forward, any Twitter activity that impersonates someone else without a clear indication of ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”
Popular Australian satirical website Pursuer were one of the first victims of this new rule, their account was banned shortly after they changed their name to that of Musk despite following this new rule closely and labeling their account as a parody (they also did not change their name). to Elon Musk, they changed it to Alom Musk).
However, their account has since been reinstated with the new title Elon Musk Pets Dogs:
They are not alone. Chipzel, who is not only a major chip tuner, but also the author of soundtracks for games such as super hexagon as well as Risky Dungeonsfound her own account is blocked todayhaving previously changed his name to “🌈elon musk “parody””, which again does not violate the rule, as Musk himself stated.
UPDATE 23:59 – Chipzel’s account was as if restored, although this warning page appears before viewers can access her feed:
that both do violation is another a rule he hastily put in place right after that, which is incredibly keen to prevent verified users from changing their display name (tweets will always show two names, a display name that you can edit, and your actual Twitter username, which you can’t). In a follow-up tweet, he says “Any name change will temporarily lose the checked checkmark”, which given the frequency with which people do this:for everything from sporting events to Halloween and the holiday season– incredibly funny
It’s a pretty hard rule to try and stop people making fun of you online! Former NFL player (and Kotaku commentator) Chris Kluve this is another verified user that got bannedalso changing his profile photo and display name to match Musk’s (along with a tweet about some nasty things about Tesla cars).
If only Twitter had some existing verification process that could easily figure out which accounts are real and which are fake. Oh, good!
It is strange that all these accounts were completely blocked, instead of just temporarily losing their verification, as he clearly stated, but with half of Twitter employees fired, and the other half burned to the ground I’m guessing the confusion, hastily implemented political decisions, not knowing what stupid idea you were actually suspended for, and the screaming billionaires.”I’m not the owner! i don’t belong!! become the norm for the foreseeable future.
I have reached out to Twitter to clarify exactly which rule the affected accounts violated and will let you know if they ever find out and contact me.