Twitter’s pushing again the launch of its new Blue subscription with verification until after this week’s midterm elections, in response to a report from The New York Times. According to an inner memo considered by the outlet, a supervisor engaged on the challenge stated they’ve “made the decision to move the launch of this release to Nov. 9, after the election.”
Elon Musk, Twitter’s new proprietor, announced the new $7.99 per month Twitter Blue earlier this month with perks like fewer adverts, search precedence, the means to publish longer movies, and the means to pay your technique to verification. Under Musk’s new guidelines, anybody can get a verified checkmark in the event that they pay for Blue, sparking concern over whether or not customers will be capable of inform actual accounts from faux ones.
These considerations have solely grown forward of the midterm elections, as verified customers posing as politicians and information retailers have the potential to trigger confusion. Before Musk’s takeover, verified checkmarks have been assigned by Twitter to notable figures who might show their account belongs to them, with the intent of combating makes an attempt at impersonation. The platform additionally had particular guidelines barring customers with parody or unofficial fan accounts from acquiring the badge. It’s not clear how Musk plans on addressing customers impersonating others on the platform, however an “Official account” label for notable customers, as noticed by app researcher Nima Owji could possibly be a component of that plan, whereas subscribers’ checkmarks would have a small popup noting the supply of their standing.
As reported beforehand on The Verge by Alex Heath, Musk initially wished staff to roll out Blue with verification by November 7th and threatened to fireside them in the event that they didn’t meet this deadline. Twitter updated its app on iOS on Saturday with mentions of the new Blue subscriptions, however with out precise entry to it, and the modifications have been rolled again quickly afterward. Esther Crawford, a product supervisor at Twitter main the challenge, confirmed these options are “coming soon” however by no means specified once we might see an official launch.