Twitter holds off relaunching blue tick verification: Musk

Seemingly in a U-turn or as an afterthought, Elon Musk on Monday said Twitter was holding off the relaunch of blue check subscription service.

As a delay from his initial tentative timeline to bring back the service on the platform, the new Twitter owner in tweet said, “Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation,” adding that they would probably use different colour check for organisations than individuals.

The coveted blue check mark was previously reserved for verified accounts of politicians, famous personalities, journalists and other public figures.

But a subscription option, open to anyone prepared to pay, was rolled out earlier this month to help Twitter grow revenue as Musk fights to retain advertisers.

Twitter had paused its recently announced $8 blue check subscription service, as fake accounts mushroomed and had said Twitter’s sought-after blue check subscription service will be relaunched on November 29.

In a separate tweet, Musk boosted about addition of new Twitter users as he is facing criticism for his policies amid the fears that the popular social media platform may be shutdown. It was an all-time high, he noted.

“This will improve a lot as Twitter becomes fast to use outside of North America, Western Europe & [and] Japan,” Musk added.

Replying to a comment to his tweets, the billionaire also suggested that the curators might get higher compensation for good videos. “Let’s see what happens when Twitter offers good video with higher compensation for creators.”

Advertisers on Twitter, including big companies such as General Motors, Mondelez International, Volkswagen AG, have paused advertising on the platform, as they grapple with the new boss.

Hundreds of Twitter employees have also been estimated to have quit last week, following a Thursday deadline by Musk that staffers sign up for “long hours at high intensity,” or leave.


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