Led by Elon Musk since the end of October, Twitter has introduced an $8 per month paid subscription plan, through which users can, among other things, receive a blue badge, previously only granted to verified accounts.
In a message released Saturday in an update for Apple iOS devices, the Twitter app said users who “sign up now” can get a blue tick next to their names, “just like celebrities, companies and politicians you already follow.” Associate. Press agency reported.
The change means abandoning the current verification system used by Twitter since 2009. The aim was to avoid impersonating the accounts of famous people, including politicians. Before the change introduced on Saturday, there were about 423 thousand people. Verified accounts, many of which are e.g. For journalists from all over the world.
Experts have expressed concern about eliminating the platform’s current verification system, which, while not perfect, has helped Twitter’s 238 million users assess whether the information they receive is authentic, the AP reported. Twitter’s update to the iOS version of its app doesn’t mention verification as a key function of the new blue marker system.
The change comes a day after the company began a massive layoff process. Half of 7.5 thousand. Twitter is out of a job, Yoel Roth, the company’s head of security, said on Twitter. Even before his takeover of Twitter, Musk repeatedly told investors and shareholders he wanted to heal the company financially, slashing nearly 75 percent. its employees.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey took responsibility for such widespread job losses and apologized for the decisions he made that led to them. He attributed the current situation to himself because he scaled the company too quickly.
“Twitter’s irretrievable researcher. An amateur social media lawyer. Award-winning music expert. Became an addict. Easily lethargic.”