The social network Twitter would have decided to delay the launch of its new payment plan of verified accounts until after midterm elections in USAas reported this Sunday New York Times.
The decision to delay the function proposed by the new owner of the company, Elon Muskcomes after it has faced widespread public backlash, as the move could make it more difficult to distinguish between real users and those posing as celebrities and politicians.
Twitter‘s checkmark has long been used to confirm the authenticity of government officials, prominent figures and journalists, for which the move had succumbed to criticism, especially all because of fears that it could influence the US elections.
However, the change in the launch date of the payment plan occurs one day after the platform launched an updated version of its application for iOS -the operating system of Apple phones-, in which it is detailed that users who pay eight dollars a month can agree to get a blue checkmark.
More specifically, the latest app update is described in the Apple App Store as a new verification feature “Just like the celebrities, businesses, and politicians you already follow.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NYT on the decision to postpone the collection measure.
The changes to Twitter’s verification process came a week after Elon Musk took control of the social media company in a $44 billion deal.
Tycoon Elon Musk, sole owner of Twitter since last week, wants to turn the social network into “the safest source of information in the world.”
The billionaire, who is gradually giving clues about his ideas on the network, considers that this is his “mission”, and believes that the accuracy of the information circulating on Twitter should make it “by far” the most reliable source.
On the limitations of content, Musk, who frequently declares himself an “absolutist of freedom of expression”, today gave an example that for him indicated that commitment: he said that he did not plan to block the account of a user who tracks the movement of the plane Musk’s private (@ElonJet, with 491,800 followers) even though that poses “a direct risk to personal safety.”
Shortly before, he was giving some clues about the control of accounts that he intends to exercise on Twitter: he warned that accounts with false names (“that simulate another identity without specifying that they are ‘parody'”) will be definitively suspended.
He noted that the company has already sent out suspension notices, but now that they have embarked on a mass check “there are no longer going to be any warnings”, although he later said this would be a condition of signing up for the system. Twitter Bluethat is, the “premium” service, without clarifying whether it would affect any other common account.
(With information from Europa Press, Reuters and EFE)
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