I can’t change my screen name on Twitter. I can change my bio. But not my screen name. So although I was helpfully trying to describe myself as “Elizabeth Lopatto (parody)” that simply wasn’t possible.
Anyway Sacks, who is part of a “war room” of advisors helping Musk run Twitter, also says that “impersonation is not free speech.” I am wondering if this is because Musk is upset that he is being mocked by the users of the site he bought! After all, just yesterday, he tweeted, “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.” He also tweeted, “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.” So if I were to change my display name to my nickname — yes, you can call me Liz — I guess I wouldn’t be verified anymore?
I have no idea what’s causing this problem but I’m not the only one experiencing it. My coworker Alex Cranz can’t change hers either. Neither can Jay Peters, Tom Warren, or Sean Hollister. However, our coworker Mitchell Clark can! Cranz, Peters, Warren, Hollister and I are all verified. Clark isn’t.
I’ve emailed Twitter’s PR department but I think there isn’t much of it left. Will update if I hear anything though.