Twitter has reintroduced the gray “Official” verification badge for high-profile accounts like brands and celebrities, according to Twitter support account. The Official Badge was first introduced on Wednesday, only to see new CEO Elon Musk remove the badge. the same day. But at the end of Thursday, the official badge started to appear again. And it’s very confusing for no good reason, thanks to America’s dumbest smart guy, Elon Musk.
The reintroduction of the Official badge seems to be distributed unevenly today, and such accounts New York Times did not get a verification mark, even though it has 56 million followers. The time still have a blue checkmark, which doesn’t pay, even though a lot of fraud accounts have appeared in the last two days with a blue verification badge that they pay $8.
CNBC, on the other hand, has an Official badge designation and a blue verification check mark, as you can see in the screenshot below. Why the difference? Your guess is as good as ours at this point.
Musk, who was forced to buy Twitter for $44 billion just two weeks ago after trying to back out of the deal, clearly has no idea what he’s doing with the social media company. The billionaire almost immediately fired half of Twitter’s staff, only to back off and ask some people to return because they desperately needed to make the changes Musk wanted to see on the site.
The changes Musk has experimented with thus far at Twitter have been a disaster, to put it mildly. Musk introduced a new version of Twitter Blue on Monday that allowed anyone with $8 to buy a blue verification mark. Previously, the blue checkmark was simply a way to fight against impersonation of notable figures. But now anyone with $8 can pretend to be anyone they like, whether it’s Nintendo or Lockheed Martin. And while Twitter moderators are clearly working overtime to ban impersonator accounts as quickly as possible, there are plenty of fake accounts that seem to be verified right now.
Normally, Gizmodo will reach out to Twitter’s communications team for comment. But Twitter no longer has a communications team. In fact, Twitter doesn’t have many teams, according to recent reports. Several top Twitter executives quit on Thursday, including Twitter’s head of moderation and security Yoel Roth, chief information security officer Lea Kissner, and chief compliance officer Marianne Fogarty.
And it seems smart people on Twitter are concerned about the changes Musk is making to squeeze every last dollar out of the social media platform. Twitter has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that it will no longer use personal information to target ads. But musk does not have much interest in abiding by the FTC agreement, according to the verge, and Musk’s personal attorney was even quoted as saying, “Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC.” Fines for non-compliance can reach billions of dollars.
Apparently at least one lawyer inside Twitter has taken to Slack to say that Kasturi has acted against the best interests of Twitter users, which include human rights activists and other dissidents who could face severe consequences if their identities are exposed. The unnamed lawyer even encouraged Twitter employees to become whistleblowers and notify the FTC if employees “feel uncomfortable about anything you’re asking them to do,” he said. the verge.
Musk has even discussed the possibility this week that Twitter should declare bankruptcyaccording to Financial Times, which is an amazing place to be in a short period of time. Remember, Musk took over the site just two weeks ago. It’s hard to imagine that literally anyone with half a brain could screw things up this bad.
Good luck, Elon. You will need it.