Elon Musk said Twitter verification will return next week with color-coded categories for individuals, government accounts, and businesses.
Verified accounts will have a blue tick — or check mark — for individuals, a gray flag for “government,” Musk said, and a gold flag for businesses. The Tesla CEO did not specify if the government label would also apply to state departments or state-owned entities.
He added that all verified accounts would be “manually authenticated” before receiving their mark. Currently, more than 400,000 Twitter The accounts have blue ticks, marking them as an authentic source.
Musk didn’t say whether the new verification service would be part of Twitter’s premium service, Twitter Blue, which charged $7.99 for a blue tick when it relaunched this month, prompting a wave of impersonation as users took the opportunity to impersonate companies like Eli. Lilly and Tesla for less than $10. Renewal was Withdrew shortly thereafter.
The verification change was announced as Musk paved the way for the banned accounts to return to the platform next week. On Thursday, he announced that a “general amnesty” would be offered. Suspended accounts provided they did not break the law or “engage in egregious spam”. The accounts banned on Twitter included British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins and Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump.
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