Elon Musk says Twitter is ‘delaying’ payment verification restart over impersonation issues | CNN Business
Elon Musk said Monday evening Twitter is “waiting” for the restart of its paid account verification plan on ongoing concerns of impersonation on the social media platform.
“Holding off on re-launching Blue Verified until there is strong confidence to stop spoofing,” Musk wrote in a tweet. “You will probably use a different color control for organizations than for people.”
The decision comes after the initial launch of Musk’s paid verification plan earlier this month led to a swarm of accounts impersonating high-profile brands and figures, causing chaos on the platform and triggering an exodus of advertisers key The verification mark has long been used to confirm the authenticity of government officials, prominent figures and journalists.
To combat the chaos caused by the new verification system, Twitter debuted a new badge on pre-verified accounts, consisting of a gray verification mark and the word “Official” placed below the handles of accounts belonging to personalities and high-profile media outlets, including CNN.
Musk said last week that its $8-a-month Blue subscription plan would be available again on November 29, but its statement on Monday evening suggested that the deadline would no longer be met.