Ethan Klein was permanently banned from Twitter.
Ethan Klein, the host of the H3 Podcast, was banned permanently for engaging in impersonation of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and disseminating false information about him. He is currently using an illegitimate parody account, "h3h3producitons", in an attempt to bypass the ban.
Recently, Ethan Klein altered his Twitter username and profile picture to mimic Elon Musk, the new owner of the site. A significant number of people were misled by Klein's tweets as he had a verified account, indicated by the blue verified badge.
While pretending to be Elon Musk, Klein posted controversial tweets and promoted conspiracy theories that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO had visited Epstein’s private island.
“Even though Jeffery Epstein committed horrible crimes, I do still miss him on nights like this for his warmth and comradery. Rest in peace old friend,” Klein tweeted.
The 37-year-old internet personality then shared an image featuring Elon Musk with Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend and associate of Jeffrey Epstein, thereby reinforcing the conspiracy theory that they had a close relationship.
Ethan Klein was banned permanently from Twitter for violating the platform's terms of service by exploiting the verified badge and pretending to be a Twitter representative. Although Twitter allows for parody accounts, the policy requires that the user make it clear that the account is a parody, not just in the profile's bio but also in the username.
Ethan changed his banner to include a poorly drawn graphic claiming that the account was a parody, but failed to update his username or profile's bio. Given that his account was verified and was never meant to be a parody account, it was clear that Ethan's actions were malicious in nature.
Ethan has since returned to Twitter with a parody account of himself, which he has promoted to his fans and followers. He mocks Elon Musk by boasting about finding a supposed loophole in the platform's parody account policy, allowing him to return. In just a few days, he has amassed 10,000 followers under the name "h3h3producitons."
“Nice try b*tch,” Klein tweeted under the hashtag #elonmusk.
Ethan Klein's followers quickly realized that his new account was an effort to bypass the ban. The supposed parody account uploaded previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage and photos. Moreover, it was observed that nothing about the account was indicative of a satire.
However, the new account does not conform to Twitter's guidelines and standards for parody accounts, as Ethan Klein failed to clearly indicate in his username that the account is a parody.
According to the platform's terms of service, Ethan Klein is not only circumventing his suspension but also violating the rules against misleading and deceptive identities.