Twitter relaunches blue-tick after pause
On Monday, the Twitter’s paid verification feature is now available again. It was halted last month after being inundated with impersonators. It is still $8 per month. However, there is a $11 fee for those who use the Twitter app on Apple devices.
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has previously stated in tweets that he dislikes the commission fee Apple charges on in-app purchases. One of Twitter Blue’s extra features is an edit button.
Many Twitter users have long requested this feature. Though some argue that it increases the possibility of disinformation spreading if a tweet is altered after it has been widely shared.
According to the platform, Blue-tick subscribers will also see fewer ads, Furthermore, have their tweets amplified above others. Moreover, be able to post and view longer, higher-quality videos.
Previously, a blue tick was used as a badge of authenticity as a verification tool for high-profile accounts. Twitter gave them away for free, but only the company decided who got one.
Mr. Musk claims that this was unjust.
Those who had a blue tick under the previous regime still have them, but if the tick is pressed, a message appears saying the account is a “legacy verified account” and “may or may not be notable.”
According to Twitter’s own account, those check marks will eventually be replaced with either gold or grey badges. Subscribers who change their names or display photos will lose their blue tick under the new system. They can regain until the account is reviewed by Twitter.
Fake blue ticks!
The service had a rocky start in November, when people began impersonating big brands and celebrities and paying for the blue-tick badge to appear authentic.
Many people pretended to be Elon Musk.
In one case, a user claiming to be from the US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly tweeted “insulin is free,” causing the real company’s share price to plummet; however, Eli Lilly has since agreed that insulin prices may indeed be lower.
However, anecdotally, quite a few accounts appeared to take advantage of the opportunity to subscribe for legitimate reasons. Furthermore, Musk also claims that Twitter accounts that have been inactive for a certain period of time will be deleted. This has upset those who say they treasure the accounts of loved ones who have died.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter users cannot appoint someone to manage their accounts after they die, though state executors can make requests.
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