Elon Musk will attempt to return blue ticks to Twitter

Elon Musk will attempt to return blue ticks to Twitter by the end of this week

Elon Musk’s first steps as owner and head of the Twitter social network may have seemed chaotic, and reforms related to giving users so-called “blue ticks” to indicate that the account has been verified raised the most questions. After a wave of abuse, these tags disappeared from Twitter’s pages, but the company’s management promises to return them soon.

    Image source: Reuters, Dado Ruvic

Image source: Reuters, Dado Ruvic

Last Friday, Twitter unsubscribed from the Twitter Blue service, which automatically gave users the right to consider their account verified, and used $8 per month subscription payments as a means of verification. A spate of abuses in the first hours of “blue check” issuance under the new rules led to “scammers” beginning to spread false information on behalf of large corporations that could damage their business reputation. Even Tesla, led by the same Elon Musk, suffered. As a result, the issuance of such labels indicating account verification had to be stopped.

The head of Twitter on the pages of this social network on Saturday explainedthat Twitter Blue subscription may be available to users again by the end of the week, which has already started at the time of writing this article. For Twitter, the ability to charge subscription fees is strategic as Elon Musk wants to significantly reduce the social network’s reliance on advertising money.

News has also surfaced about the fate of the “grey ticks” that Twitter has attempted to issue to accounts of organizations and celebrities without charging a subscription fee. Without going into details, Elon Musk said yesterdaythat Twitter allows organizations to independently identify the accounts that are somehow connected to them.

It was also announced last Sunday that Twitter’s new leadership was laying off 4,400 of the 5,500 employees who worked for the company on contractor status, and as a result, content moderation and infrastructure maintenance will suffer the most. So far, information about these reductions has not been confirmed in official sources.

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