Kathy Griffin suspended from Twitter shortly after impersonating new CEO Elon Musk: ‘#FreeKathy’

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Kathy Griffin was suspended by Twitter shortly after portraying the social media platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk.

The 62-year-old comedian’s page was suspended on Sunday, the same day she changed her account name to “Elon Musk” and mocked the Tesla founder, 51, in a tweet.

However, it was not immediately clear whether Griffin’s suspension was as a result of her prank — or if it will be permanent — although Musk announced the same day that Twitter accounts impersonating celebrities and other notables would be suspended unless with the indication “parody”.

“From now on, any Twitter handles impersonation without clearly identifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspendedMusk wrote in a tweet.

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In another, he referred to his new Twitter account $8 monthly subscription serviceTwitter Blue, which will allow any Twitter user to easily obtain a blue checkmark, something previously reserved for verifying government accounts and notables such as celebrities, politicians and journalists.

“Before, we issued a pre-suspension warning, but now that we have broad verification, there will be no warning. This will be clearly identified as a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue,” he said, adding in another follow-up: “Any name change will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”

A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Kathy Griffin fired from Twitter after impersonating new CEO Elon Musk

Kathy Griffin fired from Twitter after impersonating new CEO Elon Musk

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Griffin had previously used her “Elon Musk” account on Sunday to urge Americans to vote Democratic in Tuesday’s upcoming midterm elections and help secure abortion rights.

“I’ve decided that voting blue for their choice is the only right thing to do,” Mr My D List Life The star wrote as Musk, NBC News reported.

Griffin then took to her mother’s Twitter account after her suspension, where she tweeted, “#FreeKathy.”

She later clarified that she was the one using her mom’s account, stating she “wouldn’t mind” and added: “Apologies in advance for all the comments you’re going to read about how ugly I am and it’s probably going to be throw away and you in there.”

“Oh, by the way, this is KG. I am tweet from my dead mother’s accountGriffin added.

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Musk mocked Griffin’s suspension on Twitter at one point, tweeting: “Actually, it was he was suspended for impersonating a comedian.”

Griffin, from her late mother’s account, responded: “I mean… you stole this joke, you scumbag. People have been posting this joke for hours, you hack. please do a better job managing this company. It used to mean something. This is KG btw.”

Musk then said Griffin could regain access to her Twitter account on one condition.

“If indeed she wants her account backmay have,” Musk tweeted, adding in a sequel, “For $8” — reference to Twitter Blue’s monthly pricing.

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The ordeal between Griffin and Musk came shortly after Valerie Bertinelli changed her Twitter name to Musk to show that the platform’s new verification system is flawed, he said.

“The blue check mark just meant your identity was verified. Fraudsters would have a hard time impersonating you,” Bertinelli, 62, wrote on Saturday, “This is no longer the case. Good luck out there!”

She continued to speak her mind by tweeting with hashtags like #VoteBlueToProtectYourRights and retweeting articles about the midterm elections throughout the day under Musk’s name.

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The One day at a time The alum finally ended the spree by tweeting on Sunday, writing: “Okey-dokey, I had fun and I think I made my point.”

Musk announced the new verification system after buying the platform for $44 billion last month, following a legal battle that followed after he previously pulled out of the deal in July.

Twitter released a new update on Saturday for the app highlighting the new paid verification system, but the company has since decided to delay its release until after the midterm elections, per The New York Times.

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