Twitter owner Elon Musk seems to be taking the Silicon Valley adage of “move fast and break things” to new levels of speed and destruction. The drama played out most clearly in the platform’s paid verification system, which launched last week and has already proven to be a major headache for Twitter and an all-out show for regular users.
After announcing the first plans $8 paid checkout system, Twitter went through a whirlwind of multiple renditions of the system before reaching its current incarnation. Tried adding Twitter just this week gray “Official” icon previously for certain government officials, media and big brands draw quickly feature. In the latest version of verification, everyone gets a blue tick, but if you click on the tick on each Twitter profile, it’ll either say they’re being verified because they’re a public figure, or they’re coughing up money for the privilege.
and with shows documents recent layoffs have taken little away from Twitter’s engineering capabilities, these constant changes and updates to existing systems must be exhausting for those still at the company.
It should be noted that verified accounts were originally introduced to prevent users from impersonating public figures. The platform has already been sued for facilitating this fraud, so Musk has to walk a fine line between making money from the blue sign while claiming the site is safe for public figures, and most importantly, advertisers🇧🇷 If only they could get Musk to take the situation a little more seriously.
Those who receive a blue badge indicate that they are “actively subscribed to Twitter Blue,” but their tweets also appear in Twitter’s notifications in the newly verified section of Twitter. TI paid blue sign is currently It’s not available for Android or Twitter.com users, but anyone who pays can bookmark folders, add themes and delete tweets between other features🇧🇷
This system has obvious flaws, especially since it’s not clear at first glance which accounts were verified and which were purchased before Musk arrived. Thursday, Twitter Twitter Blue has quietly changed its policy Suspend any accounts created after November 9 to subscribe to Twitter Blue. Recipients of the voucher also cannot change their display names, and the company claims they will implement a new process to change names “soon”.
Two Twitter users, Will Seagar and Walter Lim, even created one Chrome Extension Called “Eight Dollars,” it will change Twitter verification to make it immediately clear who is officially verified and who paid for the verification token.
Meanwhile, there are also accounts on Twitter that are routinely flagged for hate and attack campaigns and go blue. Many prominent far-right Twitter accounts reportedly remain open and verified, although some have been hidden with warnings that “this profile may contain potentially sensitive content.” These accounts are particularly dangerous because verification can cause their messages to gain more attention.
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