Twitter has reintroduced the “official” gray verification badge for high profile accounts like brands and celebrities, according to the Twitter support Account. The official badge was first introduced on Wednesday, only to see new CEO Elon Musk get rid of the badge same day. But on Thursday evening, the official badges began to reappear. And it’s all very confusing for no good reason, thanks to America’s dumbest smart guy, Elon Musk.
The reintroduction of the official badge seems to be unevenly split at the moment, with accounts like the New York Times failing to get the verification mark, despite having 56 million subscribers. The Time still has a blue check mark, which he hasn’t paid for, although many impostor accounts have appeared over the past two days with a blue verification badge for which they have paid $8.
CNBC, on the other hand, has an official badge designation with its blue verification checkmark, as you can see in the screenshots below. Why the gap? Your guess is as good as ours at this point.
Musk, who was forced to buy Twitter for $44 billion just two weeks ago after trying to pull out of the deal, clearly has no idea what he’s doing with the media company. social. The billionaire almost immediately fired half of Twitter’s staff, only to go back and ask some people to come back because they desperately needed to make the changes Musk wants to see on the site.
The changes Musk has experienced so far on Twitter have been a disaster, to put it mildly. Musk on Monday introduced a new version of Twitter Blue that allowed anyone with $8 to buy a blue verification mark. Previously, the blue tick was simply a means of combating the impersonation of notables. But now anyone with $8 can pretend to be someone they love, whether nintendo Where Lockheed Martin. And while Twitter moderators are clearly working overtime to ban impersonator accounts as quickly as possible, there are countless fake accounts that appear to be verified right now.
Normally, Gizmodo would reach out to Twitter’s communications team for comment. But Twitter no longer has a communications team. In fact, Twitter doesn’t have much of a team at all, according to the latest reports. Several senior Twitter executives resigned on Thursday, including Yoel Roth, Twitter’s moderation and safety officer, Lea Kissner, information security officer, and Marianne Fogarty, compliance officer.
And it seems the smart folks at Twitter are worried about the changes Musk is making to squeeze every dollar out of the social media platform. Twitter has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that it will no longer provide personal information about users for targeting ads. But Musk doesn’t have much of an interest in honoring the FTC agreement, according to the Edge, and Musk’s personal attorney reportedly even said, “Elon puts rockets in space, he’s not afraid of the FTC.” Fines for non-compliance could reach billions of dollars.
Apparently, at least one Twitter lawyer has taken to Slack to say that Musk is acting against the best interests of Twitter users, which include human rights activists and other dissidents who could face serious harm. consequences if their identity were revealed. The anonymous attorney even encouraged any Twitter employee to become a whistleblower and notify the FTC if workers “feel uncomfortable about anything you’re being asked to do,” according to the report. Edge.
Musk even mentioned this week the possibility that Twitter should declare bankruptcyaccording to FinancialTimes, which is an amazing place to be in such a short time. Remember, Musk took over the site just two weeks ago. It’s hard to imagine that literally anyone with half a brain could screw it all up.
Good luck Elon. You are going to need it.