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Why Elon Musk’s New Rule for Verifying Twitter Accounts Will Affect You?

Once upon a time, well-known users and accounts with a high profile in the public eye could apply a verified blue checkmark on Twitter at no cost. Elon Musk has referred to the regulations put in place to prevent users from imitating famous people as a “lords and peasants system.”

Shortly after Elon Musk took over as the owner of Twitter, the site’s verification criteria were eliminated. He has presented the massive changes he has instituted to “democratize” the platform. This opened the door for trolls to establish bogus accounts in which they pretended to be genuine individuals or companies, including Musk’s electric car manufacturer, Tesla.

Since Musk decided to make the blue check mark accessible to every user on the site for a monthly fee of $7.99, it was previously only available to verified accounts of public interest. Consequently, the site is now overwhelmed with impostor accounts, including false profiles for individuals such as former President of the United States George W. Bush and NBA star LeBron James.

Elon Musk condemns the impersonations.

Last month, Musk paid $44 billion to purchase Twitter. He tweeted that moving forward, “accounts participating in parody must have ‘parody’ in their name, not simply in their bio.”

More specifically, accounts that engage in fake impersonations of other people. He said that deceiving people is not tolerated under any circumstance.

The concerns seem to be igniting for Twitter and privacy

As a result of the current upheaval on Twitter, there is a good chance that advertisers’ concerns over the trajectory of the major social media site under Musk’s leadership will intensify.

Some companies, such as General Motors, Audi, and General Mills, have removed their advertisements from the platform as they wait for changes in the moderation policies of the site.

On Thursday, several high-level privacy and compliance officials resigned, which prompted the United States Federal Trade Commission to declare its “great worry” about the social media platform Twitter. This prompted concerns over Twitter’s capacity to follow regulatory directives, which in turn led to raising these concerns.

Twitter has been trying to fix this problem with gray ticks for official accounts. In a peculiar move, rather than altering its hastily devised $8 checkmark system, it has come up with an alternative solution: adding another indicator, gray ticks, for selected accounts that admits this is an “official” identity. 

A grey check mark to the right of the user’s username on their profile page will denote the new ‘official’ status of some accounts. This will be the case when the account has been upgraded.

The new leadership of Twitter has decided that the “official” accreditation in the form of a blue checkmark would only be given to “government accounts, commercial businesses, business partners, prominent media outlets, publishers, and chosen public celebrities.”

That is to say; there will be no journalists. Elon Musk has made it quite clear that he does not believe journalists have higher credibility than others. As a result, he will now be able to eliminate their verification in a unique manner.

The fact that the grey mark will not be visible on individual tweets is a significant drawback; users who want to verify that they are communicating with the “authentic” Twitter account of a company or celebrity will need to go through the profile to do so. This is because the mark will only be visible on profiles, not individual tweets.

Given that blue checkmarks already appear on tweets, it may be simpler to stick with the technique that is now being used. On the other hand, Twitter may include this extra grey checkmark as a signal that a user has confirmed their ID, making it easier to verify human users.

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