Earlier in the week, we revealed to you that the future of Twitter was uncertain to say the least, especially in view of the rather worrying remarks made by the new owner of the social network, Elon Musk, announcing that the company could risk bankruptcy. And more recently, it looks like the billionaire backtracked on one of these. decisionswhich had in particular aroused strong reactions on the platform.
“Twitter will do a lot of stupid things in the coming months”
The leader of SpaceX, Tesla, and now Twitter, continues to make headlines, less than a month after the official takeover of the social network by the billionaire. He then announced major changes., starting in particular by marketing the famous blue certification badge. Indeed, Musk had decided that in order to obtain and use the certified blue badge (or “blue check” in English), you should now subscribe to Twitter Bluethe paid subscription of the platform which allows access to certain premium features.
This announcement had then aroused many reactions on the social network, many users having expressed their dissatisfaction with this measure. However, Musk had justified this decision by assuring that it was “the only way to defeat bots and trolls”. But it seems that the famed businessman’s flair failed him this time around, because the platform recently suspended the use of this feature.
Indeed, as reported The Guardianthis Twitter service had been unavailable since Friday, after the platform has just been inundated by a wave of fake Twitter-approved accounts. Many imposters would thus have used the surname of several public figures, ranging from Pope Francis to George W. Bush, but also that of companies, such as Nintendo. Of course, the billionaire’s companies, SpaceX and Tesla, were also the target.
Originally, the blue certification badge was granted to celebrities, companies or even journalists verified by the platform to avoid identity theft. But this action taken by Musk with Twitter Blue has shown that now anyone can obtain this certification, as long as they have a phone number and a credit card.
The platform seems to be looking for an alternative way to ensure the authenticity of certain important accounts, in particular with the use of so-called “official” “grey labels” that we have seen on Twitter several times. At the moment, we can see two categories of certification : those that took place before the decision made by Musk, and the other concerns the accounts subscribed to Twitter Blue.
Earlier in the week, Musk wanted to “warn” Twitter users that the platform would probably experience ups and downs over the next few months, suggesting that the social network and its new owner will still be talking about them soon.
Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months.
We will keep what works & change what doesn’t.
Please note that Twitter will be doing a lot of stupid things in the coming months.
We’ll keep what works and change what doesn’t.
And to find out how Elon Musk was once again humiliated by a Frenchmansee our previous article on the subject, right here.