Twitter will add an ‘official’ badge to high-profile accounts instead of verification • TechCrunch

Twitter is turning the famous blue check mark into a symbol denoting that it paid Elon Musk $8, rather than one that identifies public figures. But of course, if someone with an extra $8 and a fragile ego can be verified, then the symbol becomes meaningless, paving the way for trolls to get tough on phishing jokes. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX learned this firsthand, which is why Twitter is introducing an “official” badge, a form of user verification separate from the blue check.

“Not all pre-verified accounts will earn the ‘Official’ tag and the tag is not available for purchase,” explained product manager Esther Crawford in a tweet. “Accounts that will receive it include government accounts, commercial companies, business partners, major media outlets, publishers, and some public figures.”

It looks like the official badge will essentially represent what the blue checks used to indicate… which shouldn’t be confusing to the more than 200 million creatures of habit who log into the bird app every day.

“The new Twitter Blue does not include identity verification; it is an optional paid subscription that offers a blue checkmark and access to select features,” Crawford continued in a Twitter thread. “We will continue to experiment with ways to differentiate between account types.”

Application Researcher Nima Owji stained This feature has been in development for less than a week, as what’s left of Twitter’s staff scrambles to meet fast deadlines.

Twitter initially planned to launch its new system, in which anyone can buy a blue check, on Monday. But the launch was delayed until after Tuesday’s US midterm elections in a bid to curb abuse. The move was reportedly intended to limit the potential fallout from verified users posing as political figures or the media claiming false results that may discourage others from voting.

This “official” designation would attempt to prevent this kind of deliberate misinformation from being spread, but it’s a tall order to educate more than 200 million daily users about a new feature that will fundamentally change the way they identify and consume news on a platform that They may have been using it for over a decade. Still, Twitter’s Head of Security and Integrity Yoel Roth said Twitter’s “basic moderation capabilities remain in place” despite the company’s mass layoffs.

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