Twitter Blue will likely return by the end of next week, billionaire Elon Musk said.
He made the comment in response to a question on Twitter, which has paused its recently announced $8 ($12) blue check subscription service due to the proliferation of fake accounts.
The blue checkmark used to be only for the verified accounts of people like journalists, politicians and famous personalities, but Musk recently introduced a subscription service for anyone who wanted to pay.
On Friday, some users reported that it was no longer possible to sign up for Twitter Blue and that recently received blue ticks had disappeared.
It was the latest in a series of chaotic developments at the social network, which has gone back and forth over the issue of account verification since Musk’s $44 billion buyout late last month.
Last week Twitter considered adding an official gray label to notable accounts, such as businesses, that would indicate they are who they say they are, but Musk pushed back.
The @TwitterSupport account tweeted early Friday that a gray checkmark indicating an “official” account was making a comeback, just days after it was introduced, and then it was almost immediately removed.
“To fight phishing, we’ve added an ‘official’ tag to some accounts,” the profile announced.
The release of the tag seemed inconsistent — appearing briefly and then disappearing from the network’s own account, @Twitter.
As of Friday morning, the company also disabled signups for Twitter Blue, the feature that free-speech advocate Musk offers “power to the people” by offering ordinary users a verified blue checkmark.
“In addition to being an aesthetic nightmare to look at the Twitter feed, it was simply another way to create a two-class system,” Tesla’s CEO told advertisers. The fortune magazine
“It didn’t address the core issue.”
Musk also announced the creation of a “parody” subscript.
“We’re adding a ‘Parody’ subscript to clarify,” Musk wrote on Twitter.
“To be more precise, accounts that parody impersonations. Basically, fooling people is not okay. In the future, accounts dedicated to parody must include “parody” in their name, not just in the bio.”
– With AFP
Originally posted as Twitter Blue “likely” to return late next week