Twitter Blue Check Unavailable After Fraud Account Exploded On Platform | Twitter
Twitter’s relaunched premium service – which gives a blue check verification label to anyone willing to pay $8 a month – was unavailable on Friday as the social media platform was inundated by a wave of verified fraudulent accounts. Twitter.
Before Millionaire Elon Musk Two weeks ago the social media platform took control of celebrities and journalists verified by the platform were given blue checks – precisely to prevent impersonation. Now, anyone can get one as long as they have a phone, a credit card and $8 a month
After a fraudulent account registered under the revised Twitter Blue system tweeted that insulin was free, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co had to post an apology. Nintendo, Lockheed Martin, Musk’s own Tesla and SpaceX were also impersonated, along with the accounts of various professional sports figures.
For advertisers who have staked their businesses on Twitter, the fake accounts could be the last straw in Musk’s rocky run over the platform — laying off half the staff and triggering high-profile departures — calling into question its survival.
Now there are two categories of “blue checks” and they look the same One includes verified accounts before Musk took the lead. It notes that “This account has been verified because it is relevant to government, news, entertainment, or other designated categories.” Other notes The account subscribes to Twitter Blue.
An email sent to Twitter’s press address was not answered. The company’s communications department has been decimated by layoffs.
On Thursday, Musk tweeted that “Too many corrupt Legacy Blue ‘verification’ checkmarks exist, so no choice but to remove Legacy Blue in the coming months.”
Twitter Blue was not available on the online version of the platform, which said signup was only possible on the iPhone version. But the iPhone version didn’t offer Twitter Blue as an option.
Twitter has once again started adding a gray “Official” label to some prominent accounts. It rolled out the labels earlier this week, only to kill them hours later.
They returned on Thursday night, at least for some accounts – including Twitter’s own, as well as big companies like Amazon, Nike and Coca-Cola, before many disappeared again.
Celebrities don’t seem to get the “official” label either.
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