Musk described the move to stop recommending tweets from accounts without a blue verified badge as “the only feasible solution to address advanced AI bot swarms taking control” in a post announcing the upcoming change. Musk disclosed in the same tweet that users’ ability to cast votes in polls on the social media site would also need to be verified for the same reason. The Twitter CEO argued that the situation would otherwise be hopeless and futile.
All you need to know about Twitter’s Blue Tick!
Musk claimed in a previous post that paid verification makes it simpler to spot bots and dramatically raises the cost of utilizing them. After the initial rollout of Twitter Blue, accounts with blue checkmarks were being used to impersonate companies, celebrities, and other high-profile people. As a result, the company relaunched Twitter Blue in December. Spending $8 or $11 if using the iOS app to subscribe was the only prerequisite for receiving a blue checkmark.
Twitter Blue users are no longer marked with a blue checkmark beside their names until they have verified their phone numbers and had their accounts looked through, in order to prevent impersonations. The blue checkmark is momentarily lost by subscribers who modify their username, display name, or profile picture until their account is once again approved. Nonetheless, Twitter does not request any type of formal documentation to confirm ownership at any stage during the sign-up process, leading some users to question Musk’s reasoning for preventing unverified accounts from appearing under the “For You” tab.
Additionally, Twitter said last week that the “legacy” verified program would start to wind down on April 1 and that “legacy verified” blue badges would be removed. In an effort to find new sources of income, Musk has made Twitter Blue a cornerstone policy of the website. The market value of Tesla is alleged to have plummeted ever since the new CEO took office. In an email note sent to staff members last week, Musk reportedly informed them that Twitter’s current valuation is only $20 billion, or less than half of the $44 billion he spent for the firm last year. This information was obtained by the New York Times.