According to the New York Times, the decision to delay the measure was proposed by the new owner of the company, Elon Musk
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Twitter will delay its payment plan for verified accounts until after the elections In U.S.A. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File)
The social network Twitter would have decided to delay the launch of its new payment plan for verified accounts until after of the mid-term elections in the United States, as reported this Sunday by The New York Times.
The decision to delay the feature proposed by the company's new owner, Elon Musk, comes after he has faced widespread public backlash, as the move could make it more difficult to distinguish between users. of those who pose as celebrities and politicians.
Twitter's checkmark has long been used to confirm the authenticity of government officials, prominent figures and journalists, so the move had succumbed to criticism, not least over fears that it could sway the public. US elections.
However, the change in the launch date of the payment plan occurs one day after the platform launched an updated version of its application for iOS –the operating system of Apple phones–, which details that users who pay eight dollars a month can access to obtain a blue checkmark.
The decision to delay the feature proposed by the new owner of the company , Elon Musk. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File)
More specifically, the latest update to the app is described in Apple's App Store as a new verification feature “just like the celebrities, businesses and politicians you already follow.”
Twitter did not respond immediately to a request for comment from NYT on the decision to defer collection action.
Changes to Twitter's verification process occurred a week after Elon Musk took control of the social media company in a $44 billion deal.
Tycoon Elon Musk, sole owner of Twitter since last week, wants to turn the social network into “the source safest information store in the world.”
Last week it announced the massive layoffs last week
The billionaire, who is little by little giving clues to his ideas about the network, considers that this is his “mission”, and believes that the accuracy of the information circulating on Twitter should make it “from afar” the most reliable source.
On the limitations of content, Musk, who frequently declares himself an “absolutist of freedom of expression”, today gave an example that for him indicated that commitment: he said that he did not plan to block the account of a user who tracks the movement of the plane Musk's private (@ElonJet, with 491,800 followers) even though that poses “a direct risk to personal security.”
Shortly before, he was giving some hints about the control of accounts that plans to practice on Twitter: warned that accounts with false names (“that simulate another identity without specifying that they are ´parody´”) will be definitively suspended.
He noted that the company has already sent out suspension notices, but now that they have embarked on a mass verification “there are no longer going to be warnings”, although he later said that this would be a condition of signing up for Twitter Blue , that is, the “premium” service, without clarifying whether it would affect any or against common account.
(With information from Europa Press, Reuters and EFE)
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