Musk says Twitter to hold off relaunching blue check verification

Twitter paused its recently announced US$8 (S$11) blue check subscription service. PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter’s new owner, Mr Elon Musk, said on Monday the social media company is holding off the relaunch of its blue check subscription service, a delay from his initial tentative timeline to bring back the service on the platform.

“Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation,” Mr Musk said in a tweet. “Will probably use different colour check for organisations than individuals.”

The coveted blue check mark was previously reserved for verified accounts of politicians, famous personalities, journalists and other public figures.

But a subscription option, open to anyone prepared to pay, was rolled out earlier in November to help Twitter grow revenue as Mr Musk fights to retain advertisers.

Twitter paused its recently announced US$8 (S$11) blue check subscription service, as fake accounts mushroomed and had said Twitter’s sought-after blue check subscription service will be relaunched on Nov 29.

Mr Musk also tweeted that Twitter added 1.6 million users this past week, “another all-time high”.

Advertisers on Twitter, including big companies such as General Motors, Mondelez International, Volkswagen, have paused advertising on the platform, as they grapple with the new boss.

Hundreds of Twitter employees have also been estimated to have quit last week, following a Thursday deadline by Mr Musk that staffers sign up for “long hours at high intensity”, or leave. REUTERS

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