Everyone's favorite unfunny comedienne Kathy Griffin got the boot from Twitter, in what might go down as Elon Musk's biggest win yet over the looney left since taking over the social media site about a week ago.
Griffin, who's been suspended from Twitter before for doing things like posting photos of herself holding a bloody Trump head (a temporary ban that came only after a days' worth of outcry from the right), finally got axed from the platform after she changed her username to "Elon Musk" and make his face her profile photo, without specifying that it was a joke.
Musk, who recently rolled out a proposal to make the site's blue verification checkmark available to anyone willing to pay $8 for a site upgrade, said anyone caught making fake accounts impersonating someone else without clearly labeling them as fake will be "permanently suspended."
“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted. “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 added. “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”
It's not yet clear whether that policy starts with Griffin - though, given her history of openly flouting the site's user agreement, it should. Her account was still suspended as of 9:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Musk said the new rules will help support his goal of making Twitter "by far the most accurate source of information about the world."
While liberals are calling Griffin's suspension hypocritical given Musk's long-standing support of free speech, Twitter's rules have long banned making fake accounts, reading verbatim: “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."
It looks like the days of rabid leftists getting to ignore the rules may be coming to an end.