Twitter adds ‘official’ badge to high-profile accounts instead of verification


Twitter is turning the famous blue checkmark into a symbol indicating that you paid Elon Musk $8, rather than a symbol identifying public figures. But of course, if someone with an extra $8 and a fragile ego can be verified, then the symbol is rendered meaningless, paving the way for trolls to go hard on imitation jokes. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX himself learned this firsthand, so Twitter is introducing an “official” badge, a separate form of user authentication than the blue check mark.

“Not all previously verified accounts will be labeled ‘Official’ and the label will not be 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.”

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The official badge appears to essentially represent what blue checks used to signify. . . which shouldn’t be confusing at all for over 200 million creatures of habit who log into the bird app every day.

“The new Twitter Blue doesn’t include ID verification — it’s an opt-in, paid subscription with a blue check mark and access to certain features,” says Crawford. continued in a Twitter thread. “We continue to experiment with ways to differentiate between account types.”

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App researcher Nima Owji spotted this feature was in development less than a week ago as the rest of the Twitter staff rush to meet fast deadlines.

Twitter initially planned to roll out its new system on Monday, where anyone can buy a blue check for themselves. But the rollout was delayed until after Tuesday’s midterm elections in the US in an effort to curb abuse. The move was reportedly aimed at limiting the potential impact of verified users impersonating political figures or news outlets claiming false results that could deter others from voting.

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This “official” designation would try to prevent this kind of intentional misinformation from spreading, but it’s in high demand 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 they can use. been using it for over a decade. Still, Twitter Head of Safety and Integrity Yoel Roth claimed Twitter’s “core moderation capabilities remain in place,” despite the company’s massive layoffs.