Elon Musk announced this Wednesday that it had canceled the new brand of “official“that Twitter had just given away to some verified users to distinguish them from the traditional blue symbol, which subscribers to its paid service can now also get.
And he warned:Twitter will do a lot of stupid things in the coming months“.
A few hours after the launch of this new system, the social network reversed course and took steps to remove this label from the profiles of companies, government bodies and personalities who had received it.
In response to a user who had seen that new gray mark disappear under his name, Musk confirmed that he had chosen to remove the badge (“I blew it,” he wrote) and said the blue mark will be “the great equalizer “.
In another post, Musk said, “Keep in mind that Twitter will do a lot of stupid things in the coming months. We will keep what works and change what doesn’t.“.
Giving the popular blue “check mark” for verified users to those who subscribe to the Blue Twitter service – with an initial cost of $ 8 per month – has been one of the entrepreneur’s big bets since he took control of the business. ‘agency.
“Now, the blue tick can mean two different things: that an account has been verified under the verification criteria above, or that the account has a subscription to Twitter’s Blue from Twitter, which was made available on iOS of the multinational Apple) in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on November 9, “the social network announced on its website.
Although paid subscribers will receive the blue sign that has so far distinguished verified accounts, they won’t need to prove their identity to Twitter, the company confirmed.
The verification system in place until now was created by Twitter in 2009 to ensure that the person or institution it claimed to be behind influential accounts was.
Dismissals and moderations
A few days ago it was announced that the billionaire plans to lay off half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees as part of a cost-cutting review.
As reported by the Financial Times (FT) newspaper, Musk is looking to cut around 3,700 jobs after buying the social network for $ 44 billion.
According to the FT, the employer also aims to apply for face-to-face work in the company’s offices starting next Monday, which would nullify Twitter’s current policy, which allows employees to work from anywhere.
On the other hand, after Musk assumed the role of moderator in chief of Twitter ahead of the US legislative elections, the White House had to withdraw a tweet for lack of “context”.
It was the social network itself that added context to the message, thus relativizing the extent of the information provided by President Joe Biden’s communications service.
“Seniors have achieved the largest increase in their pensions in 10 years under President Biden’s leadership,” the official White House account tweeted.
But Twitter added a mention to the message, specifying that pensions are indexed to the rate of inflation, according to a 1972 law ratified by Richard Nixon (Republican president).
With information from agencies