Griffin, who infamously was photographed holding what was intended to depict the severed head of Trump after he was elected president in 2016, was banned from Twitter in recent weeks for impersonating Musk after he changed the site’s blue-tick verification process.
Peterson, the Canadian self-help author and psychologist, was banned from Twitter in the summer after he commented on the gender transition surgery undergone by the actor Elliot Page.
After Musk took ownership of Twitter, the service rolled out a new “blue-check” verification program, Twitter Blue, whereby users could purchase the badge for $8 per month.
Pranksters took advantage of the offer and impersonated well-known celebrities, political figures and corporate brands. They then posted nonsensical items for laughs.
One prankster passed themselves off as the official Twitter account of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and pledged to give away free insulin — causing the company’s stock to drop precipitously.