Words: Eva O’Beirne
Elon Musk claims that Twitter will be giving ‘power to the people’ by letting them buy verification status.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, is now in charge of one of the world’s largest social media platforms. After months of wrangling and backtracking, Musk has completed his approximately 44 billion dollar deal with Twitter this week, and has bought the network.
In a tweet, Musk said: “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls***.”
For the new monthly fee, Musk also said, Twitter users will get “priority in replies, mentions and searches” as well as the ability to post long videos and audio clips.
The blue tick, next to a person’s Twitter account, lets users know that an account of public interest is authentic. To receive the blue badge, your account must be “authentic, notable, and active” and you must pass a six-step verification process.
By offering verification to all users, Musk might be opening the floodgates to a new age of misinformation.
Would you pay eight euro for the status symbol?
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