Elon Musk announced on Tuesday that the relaunch of the ‘Blue Verified’ badge on Twitter would be temporarily suspended “until there is high confidence that impersonation has stopped”.
After taking over the social media platform, Musk introduced the $8 Blue Tick verification plan but it resulted in a lot of fake accounts.
Holding off on the relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence that impersonation has stopped.
Organizations will probably use different color checks than individuals.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
“Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until high confidence to stop impersonation. Will likely use different color checks for organizations than individuals,” Musk tweeted.
Musk defended the much-criticized payment verification plan by saying the blue checkmark would be a “great layerer.”
“Wide verification will democratize journalism and strengthen the voice of the people,” he tweeted.
The plan backfired, when verified handles changed their username to ‘Elon Musk’ to test the new Twitter owner who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist”. Thousands of such accounts have been suspended, including comedian Kathy Griffin, who had two million followers on the platform.
Musk recently conducted a survey to reinstate former US President Donald Trump’s suspended account. Nearly 15 million people voted on Twitter, which saw a narrow victory for those supporting the move.