Twitter re-enables ‘official’ tag after streamers and creators react to Twitter verified badge abuse – Popular Twitch streamers express their distaste for the newly launched Twitter decorum. Influencers too are taking their stance against Musk’s proposition of an $8/- month badge fee. Amidst the harsh leg-pulling, Twitter enabled the “official” tag temporarily and removed the feature within hours as soon as paid verification started dropping.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink, took over Twitter on October 27, 2022, for $44 Billion of his personal fortune. His main focus for the platform to contribute was on Free speech, to bring about parity between regular users and their verified celebrity counterparts. Since then, Musk is hitting the news headlines for his brutal barbaric moves on the future of the platform.
Twitter re-enables ‘official’ tag after streamers and creators react to Twitter verified badge abuse
YouTube star Ludwig made his judgment against the newly launched $8 verification badge, saying, “I realize the only reason I liked the checkmark was that the verification tab acted like a mutuals tab,” he wrote. “Getting big likes is cool and all, but as a dude who plays video games in his basement most of the time, it’s nice to keep up relationships with friends I know.”
I realize the only reason I liked the checkmark was because the verification tab acted like a mutuals tab— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) November 10, 2022
Getting big likes is cool and all
But as a dude who plays video games in his basement most of the time it’s nice to keep up relationships with friends I know
Tweets are evidence of the dissatisfaction of streamers with this change. Although Musk has his own words on it too, saying, “Twitter’s current lords & peasants’ system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit, Power to the people, Blue for $8/-month.”
Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
Musk has changed the entire mechanism of the ‘verification badge’, which was usually reserved for public figures and companies etc for free. Now, anyone who pays $8 a month can hold a blue tick verification badge to themselves. However, the implementation of paid verification via Twitter blue has backfired entirely due to users impersonating popular stars.
As a measure to solve the issue, the platform introduces the “Official” checkmark now appearing in addition to the blue tick on specific accounts. Not only does the official checkmark appears on top of the blue badge but also under each tweet too.
In the end, Musk added, “Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months,” but is yet to officially announce any changes to verification.