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Musk will charge more for verification badge

by on31 October 2022

Gives employees a week to sort out the code

Elon [look at me] Musk has given his Twitter programmers a week to  revamp Twitter Blue in such a way that verified users have to sign up to it for a $19.99/month fee in order to retain their verified badge.

For those not in the know, Twitter Blue is an optional subscription that offers users some additional functionalities for $4.99/month. Meanwhile, the verification badge is something that resides outside of this subscription and is handed out after curation by Twitter itself. You can apply for it manually too but whether it gets awarded to you or not is at the discretion of the company.

 Employees on this project have been tasked with implementing this major change by 7 November, or lose their jobs.  Jacking up the prices will make verified users wonder how important the badge is to them, it will also create a toxic environment among developers.  Our prediction is that the programmers will be deliver but it will be full of bugs and security issues. 

Musk took the title “Chief Twit” like many things Musk did on impulse he failed to research what Twit actually means. In English it means " a foolishly annoying person" so his job title can be boiled down to meaning means Chief Idiot. While that may be true, it is probably not what Musk indended, much like saying he was going to buy Twitter in the first place. 

The verification badge will be bundled with the Twitter Blue subscription, which will cost $19.99/month. Current badge holders will have up to 90 days to start paying the new fee before they lose their badge.

Meanwhile Musk has said that the company is setting up a council to make important moderation decisions . In a tweet, Musk said the “council” will have “widely diverse viewpoints” and that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.” Several hours later, he clarified his statement with a quote tweet, explaining that, “To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies.” 

The tweet doesn’t contain any details about what kind of viewpoints Musk is seeking to have on the council, how many people will be on it, how they'll be appointed, or how it’s different from the content moderation and policy teams that already exist at the company.

However, he might find that he is already getting in out of his depth. Other big tech companies found that oversight boards did not work. Meta has its oversight board, which is meant to be an independent organisation that rules on Facebook’s platform and moderation decisions. However, critics have raised questions about how much power the board actually has to enforce its rulings. There’s also a web of potential legislation that could dictate how tech companies are able to moderate their platforms, which may limit what kind of moderation decisions Twitter and other platforms can make, regardless of what “free speech” ideals Musk wants aiming.


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