Twitter is reportedly delaying the rollout of Verify Verification Points to customers as the social community tries to avoid the potential impact of Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The Elon Musk-owned social media firm on Monday considered launching a new model for its subscription service, Twitter Blue. Based on the app update notice, the agency started testing the new options on Saturday.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The alleged transfer to delay the rollout of verification badges comes days ahead of the US midterm election, in which voting closes on November 8. new York Times The study said the transfer was intended to limit the potential repercussions of verified customers impersonating political or various authority figures equivalent to President Biden, or news retailers claiming false results that would discourage others from voting.
Jane Easterly, director of US state-owned CISA, said it was tasked with protecting election security and voting infrastructure. Last week that the company had received “no credible or specific information about attempts to disrupt or compromise”, although warned of the continuing dangers posed by propaganda campaigns sown by foreign actors aimed at undermining trust within the election system. .
Security experts such as former CISA director Chris Krebs, who was fired by President Trump for denying false claims of election fraud, warning That Twitter’s new verification guidelines could be a “big risk” ahead of the midterm elections.
At the time of writing, several verified customers were impersonating the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, regardless of the threat of their accounts being suspended for impersonation.
The revamped Twitter Blue, which can cost $7.99 per month in the US, offers a series of recent options for anyone with the coveted blue verification mark, as well as reducing the number of ads served to them on the platform. provides.
Musk is betting on turning the subscription service into a serious income supply for Twitter, which he acquired last month for $44 billion. Musk financed the acquisition by banks for $13 billion and would pay out more than $1 billion a year in interest funds.
The firm began reducing prices earlier this week, slashing its workforce by nearly half, or about 3,700 jobs.
In a series of tweets this weekend, Musk claimed that the company’s revised Twitter Blue could “beat” the ad-revenue paid by YouTube to creators, and that he was also able to fix search performance on Twitter. Was engaged.
He said that Twitter will soon allow users to add long text to tweets. Twitter plans to roll out the revamped Twitter Blue to customers in several markets in the coming months. In response to a tweet, Musk said he expects Twitter Blue to roll out to customers in India “in less than a month”.