Twitter won’t let unverified accounts vote in polls, get their tweets recommended

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday that the company will no longer recommend tweets from users who don’t get their accounts verified by subscribing to its Twitter Blue plan. In addition, non-subscribers to the premium service won’t be able to participate in polls anymore.

The news comes days after Twitter expanded its Blue plan globally and said that it would wind down its previous legacy program on April 1st, so paying $8 a month, or $11 on mobile, will soon be the only solution to get a blue checkmark.

And those who don’t do so won’t be able to get their posts recommended by Twitter and vote in polls starting April 15th, as ‘’this is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over’’, Musk said in a tweet. ‘’It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle,’’ he added.

However, unlike Meta’s new paid verification plan Meta Verified, Twitter doesn’t require users to provide their government ID to subscribe to the Blue plan, which means that creating bot accounts is still quite simple if you just pay the company $8 a month. So, the new changes Musk announced on Monday seem more like a push to raise the number of Twitter’s paid customers instead.

In another tweet, the billionaire added that ‘’it’s ok to have verified bot accounts if they follow terms of service & don’t impersonate a human’’.

Citing claims of a person familiar with the matter, the Information reported last week that Musk sent an email to his staff offering them stock grants at a valuation of nearly $20 billion. That is less than half of the $44 billion he paid in October last year.

Written by Tuna Cetin


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