Twitter to Delay Widespread Blue Verification Roll Out Until After US Midterms

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After beginning the rollout of its $8 per month Blue subscription on iOS on Saturday without the verification blue checkmark, The New York Times reports Twitter is holding off on verifying subscribers until after the midterm elections in the US on Tuesday. A manager working on the product said the company “made the decision to move the launch of this release to Nov. 9, after the election,” according to an internal memo.

With midterm elections coming up in the US on Tuesday, there were concerns that verified accounts on Twitter could pose as politicians on the platform in other to interfere with the elections. Musk announced a revamped Twitter Blue service for $8 monthly, where everyone user could have the option to get verified last Tuesday. In the update note, after the service was rolled out on iOS, it says: “your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow.” Many users have expressed concerns it would be difficult to recognise fake accounts. On Sunday, Musk announced that any handle caught engaging in impersonation without identifying as a parody will now be “permanently suspended.”

Musk’s new $8 per month Twitter Blue service will come with fewer ads for subscribers, the ability to share longer videos, and search priority. Musk had reportedly given employees working on the project a deadline of November 7th to deliver, but Wednesday, November 9th, after the US midterms, now gives them more time.

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