Kathy Griffin is back on Twitter!
Since Elon Musk took over the social media platform in late October, it has undergone several changes, including selling a” Blue” version for $8. However, that soon backfired as individuals began impersonating prominent figures. In fact, Griffin got kicked out for impersonating the Zip2 co-founder.
Elon Musk Restores Kathy Griffin’s Twitter Account & She Does Not Care
After two weeks of Griffin’s suspension from Twitter, Musk announced that he would be reinstating her account. Canadian media personality Jordan Peterson and the satire site Babylon Bee will also be getting their pages back.
Unfortunately, the billionaire business magnate stated that no decision had been made about former United States President Donald Trump’s banned account. In his words:
“Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated. Trump decision has not yet been made.”
Since the Babylon Bee and Peterson’s accounts had gotten suspended before Musk’s October 27 takeover for mocking transgender people, they were beyond ecstatic to be back.
The Babylon Bee, who lost its bird app privileges in mid-March when it targeted a transphobic tweet at the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, replied, “We’re back. Let that sink in.”
Meanwhile, Peterson was restricted last summer for calling trans actor Elliot Page by his birth name — Ellen — instead of his changed one. The clinical psychologist posted a picture of actor Jack Nicholson from the 1980 horror film, “The Shining,” writing, “I’m back. Thanks @elonmusk,” above the media.
Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated.
Trump decision has not yet been made.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Although Griffin has not yet tweeted, the comedian reposted Musk’s tweet on Instagram with a reply that read, “Dear Eilon. You f**ked up, fool. I’m going downstairs to my basement of heads. You’re up. Xxoo, The Beheader.”
Musk, who once described himself as a “free speech absolutist,” also tweeted that the company would be working with a new policy. That policy is “freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” adding that “negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted and demonetized.”
The Boring Company founder did not specify what the social media company deemed as “hateful” or “negative” tweets or what metrics he used to reinstate certain bird app accounts.
Kathy Griffin Gets Booted Off For Breaking Musk’s Rules
Earlier this month, The Blast detailed the events that led to Griffin getting kicked off Twitter. Even though the Primetime Emmy Awards winner’s handle still read “@kathygriffin,” she had changed her profile picture to that of Musk, and her display name read “Elon Musk.” The “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” star followed up with a tweet that read:
“After much spirited discussion with the females in my life. I’ve decided that voting blue for their choice is only right (They’re also sexy females, btw.) #VoteBlueToProtectWomen.”
What began as a “joke” quickly became sour when news began circulating that Musk had suspended Griffin’s account for impersonating him. When a verified account posted a screenshot of the “Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful” actress’ suspended page, the “Neuralink” co-founder retorted:
“Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian,” adding, “But if she really wants her account back, she can have it. For $8.”
The angel investor’s action seemed in line with his new move of permanently suspending accounts impersonating others without clearly specifying “parody.”
On Monday, November 7, Musk shed more light on a new Twitter rule that claimed, “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.” In the 51-year-old’s words:
“Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.”
The South African native added that the “widespread verification” would be “clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue” and that users would temporarily lose the verified check mark if they changed their name “at all.”
The Tesla CEO has made a series of changes and rules since his $44 billion takeover, including letting go of thousands of employees, asserting that Twitter was losing at least $4 million daily.
In the latest turn of events, the company’s offices were reportedly closed following the University of Pennsylvania alum’s layoffs and the mass resignation of numerous other employees.