Musk announced that Twitter is delaying subscriptions for verified accounts

The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, told the company’s employees yesterday and then repeated today on the platform that Twitter will delay subscriptions to paid verification, Twitter Blue, until they are “confident that significant misrepresentations will no longer occur.”

Musk said last week that the $8 per month subscription for verified accounts would be available again on November 29. But in a meeting with employees, he said there was no telling when Twitter Blue might be relaunched:

“We might start it next week. Maybe we won’t. But we won’t launch until there is high confidence in protecting against those significant misrepresentations.”

After taking over Twitter, Musk’s first big change was to introduce the ability for users to buy a blue tick, despite internal warnings from company employees that this was not a good solution. This verification model it quickly led to the massive appearance of fake accounts on the platform, including impersonating those who pay Twitter for ads. Because of this, paid verification was disabled after only two days.

It is unclear how Mask intends to prevent paid verification of fake accounts, since Twitter Blue does not verify the identity of users. Since Musk took over the company, Twitter has inexplicably added and removed special, gray ticks on high-profile accounts, trying to differentiate itself from the famous blue badge that has gone from prestige to something anyone can buy.

During a meeting with employees yesterday, Musk said the company would likely have to give “institutions and companies a different colored tick,” but did not elaborate on that, noting that “this is still something we’re thinking about.”

“Every social media platform, in my opinion, no matter what it is, is going to be vulnerable to bots and trolls unless there’s some barrier to payment that would significantly increase the cost of bots and trolls,” Musk said.

He also told employees that Twitter was done with layoffs and rehirings, according to The Verge, which had no one to reach for comment at the company because everyone in Twitter’s communications department has either been fired or quit.

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