Twitter is trying to sort out the review system with new badges

After weeks of chaos that marked Elon Musk’s first month in charge of Twitter, the man himself said the platform’s suspended review system will be restarted on December 2. And it will be significantly different than before.

Musk said in a tweet (below) that starting Friday, companies will get a gold tick while government accounts will get a gray one. Meanwhile, people who pay for Twitter Blue, whether they’re a celebrity or not, will get the traditional blue tag.

But importantly, paying $8 a month for Twitter Blue membership doesn’t necessarily result in being awarded a verification mark, as Musk said “all verified accounts are manually authenticated before verification is enabled,” though still It is not clear how exactly this will be revealed. Musk described the decision to process accounts manually as “painful but necessary.”

Sorry for the delay, we expect to launch Verified next week on Friday.

Gold check for corporations, gray check for governments, blue for individuals (celebrity or not), and all verified accounts are manually authenticated before the check is activated.

Painful but necessary.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022

When Musk sealed the deal to acquire Twitter in late October, the billionaire entrepreneur quickly increased the monthly fee for Twitter Blue — the platform’s premium tier that offers additional features — from $5 to $8 to generate revenue for the business . However, Musk changed it so that the fee also earned you a blue tick, whether or not you were a celebrity, company, or organization (previously, ticks were only awarded after a vetting process).

This created confusion on the platform, with numerous impersonators paying the fee to receive a blue “verification mark” and then tweeting from an actual fake account.

As a result, Twitter decided to pause the Twitter Blue signups and also the verification system while it focused on developing a more effective arrangement.

Whether the new badges will bring an end to the long-running verification saga remains to be seen.

It’s been a turbulent month for Twitter, which also saw mass employee layoffs make headlines, along with a controversial move to restore many previously suspended accounts to the platform as part of an amnesty.

But despite the situation, Twitter is adding many new users, according to Musk, who said over the weekend signups are on the rise at an “all-time high” an average of over 2 million per day in the seven days ended November 16, a 66% increase from the same week in 2021.

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