The new blue check mark rules for verification on Twitter won’t be going into effect until after the elections are done this week.
An iOS update was released Saturday when the changes were scheduled to go into effect. Anyone that registers for the service will qualify for a $7.99 price to get the checkmark which was previously offered to verified users.
The update in the Apple App Store had a new description. “Power to the people: Your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow.”
The new changes have been announced by Elon Musk after he bought the company and fired the executive board. In addition to firing the board, he laid off more than 750 employees from the San Francisco office. He also let go of half of the company’s employees worldwide.
His decision to change the verification process for Twitter has received massive pushback. According to Rochester First, former top cybersecurity official Chris Krebs said the change will lead to a “very chaotic environment.”
The comment was made on Face the Nation and reported by The Hill.
Krebs explained that the change can open up for broader influencers, clout chasers, election denialists, and foreign actors. He added that Russia, China, and Iran are “back at their old tricks.”
Other users are concerned. One concern is if they decide against paying for the blue checkmark, other accounts could purchase it and pose as them.
Musk posted, “please continue complaining, but it will cost $8.”
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