As Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken over as CEO of Twitter, the microblogging site plans to overhaul its entire user verification process. Now, this is officially. Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has tweeted explaining how the new blue checkmark culture on twitter would work.
On Sunday, Elon Musk himself said in a tweet, “The entire verification process is being renewed at the moment.
According to the latest tweet, Twitter would be charging $8 per month for the ‘blue checkmark’. While tweeting the same, Musk also said, ‘Power to the people’.
Other features, as per the tweet,
– Priority in replies, mentions & search, which is essential to defeat spam/scam
– Ability to post long video & audio
– Half as many ads
As far as 1st November, above-mentioned information can be confirmed although there are things in speculation.
- According to the report, the blue mark will be limited to members of Twitter Blue, the Twitter subscription that offers additional features such as editing and undoing tweets.
- Additionally, users who are already verified will have 90 days to subscribe to Twitter Blue to keep the blue mark on their profile. It’s unclear if Twitter will change the rules to make the verification process more strict or lenient.
- The report also notes that Twitter engineers are given a deadline to renew Twitter’s verification process or lose their jobs.
Musk takesover Twitter
Not even a week has passed since Musk formally acquired Twitter, although he has already fired some key players. The list includes former CEO Parag Agrawal, who took over at the end of November last year. Other notable figures, such as Twitter CFO Ned Segal and Chief Policy Officer Vijaya Gadda, have also been fired.
Musk’s reply tweet made it to a Twitter thread when a tech venture capitalist, Sriram Krishnan, wrote:
“Now that word is out: I’m helping @elonmusk with Twitter temporarily with some other cool people. I think this is a very important company and can have a huge impact on the world and Elon is the person to make it happen. (sic).”
Twitter’s new Musk Era began last week, with swift layoffs and a surge in smears signaling significant changes for the company.
Platformer first reported on Sunday that Twitter could soon require users to have a paid subscription to Twitter Blue to retain their verified status.
What is blue checkmark?
Twitter verification gives eligible accounts a little checkmark badge that authenticates their identity to others, and currently only requires the psychic cost of being on the site of hell.
In addition to this, The Verge reports that there are also plans to increase the price of a Twitter Blue subscription from its already steep monthly cost of $4.99 to a whopping $19.99 per month. That’s the same price as a premium Netflix subscription, but with noticeably worse content.
Twitter Blue currently allows users to edit their tweets, upload 1080p videos and see which articles are shared the most in their network. It also allows accounts to use an NFT as their profile picture, because if you’re paying for Twitter, there’s a non-zero probability that you’re also interested in crypto. Even with the addition of verification, none of this seems worth shelling out.
Twitter’s proposed changes could allow those who are not verified to essentially purchase the coveted blue brand badge. Currently, Twitter only grants verified status to notable accounts of a “featured brand or individual.” If the change goes through, it’s likely that anyone who meets the other two criteria of being active on Twitter and confirming their identity can be verified. This could potentially be useful in combating misinformation and phishing.
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