Elon Musk’s intention to sell Twitter’s blue tick paid verification badges has been postponed. As a result, delaying the microblogging platform’s swift descent into hell slightly.
You guessed it right. Musk is also blocking unnamed parody accounts, though…
According to The New York Times, Twitter’s paid verification will now go live on Nov. 9, which is the day following the U.S. midterm elections. Prior to Nov. 7, when the update was supposed to go live. Nonetheless, Musk reportedly threatened to dismiss staff members who didn’t reach the deadline.
The decision to postpone the implementation of paid verification was made as a result of staff and user concerns. They were worried about the possible disastrous effects Musk’s plan will have on election integrity.
Anyone with the capacity to pay verification status would be able to get a blue tick and use it to pose as a well-known individual. Moreover, this will enable them to send tweets that seem to come from news organizations or politicians.
This also has the potential to destabilize the election and spread false information about the outcomes.
When Musk’s reforms actually go live, there’s a decent chance that Twitter will turn into a hazardous hub of misinformation.
Some verified Twitter users have criticized Musk’s verification modifications by exposing how the blue tick on Twitter will be misused and how simple it is to deceive people.
Artist Mark Brooks published tweets from users who thought he was the renowned actor after briefly changing his account name and profile photo to resemble Harrison Ford.
It’s far easier to con people than it is to convince those same people that they’ve been conned.— The artist formally known as Harrison Ford (@MarkBrooksArt) November 4, 2022
Exhibit A: pic.twitter.com/eCe93LW1hw
Twitter has suspended verified accounts belonging to comedian Kathy Griffin, actor Rich Sommer, and former NFL player Chris Kluwe. Users have also been banned for changing their display names and profile pictures to correspond with those of Tesla’s real-life co-founder Elon Musk.
pic.twitter.com/z6oSHf7nwC— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 7, 2022
Musk stated in a tweet on Sunday that unless an account is blatantly labeled as a parody, Twitter will permanently suspend any accounts that mimic others. It’s not clear if a disclaimer on the account’s profile would do, or if this label must be in the account’s name.
Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2022
Due to the possibility that true identity verification will no longer be required in order to receive one of Twitter’s blue ticks, it is also probable that Twitter will have difficulty telling the difference between a parody account and the real thing.
This is risky whether you have a large profile or not because anyone with $8 and a grudge will possibly destroy your entire existence.
Prior to Musk’s takeover, Twitter wasn’t always a haven of virtue. But the amount it has dropped in less than a week is astonishing.
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