Twitter is reportedly delaying the rollout of verification checks for subscribers as the social network tries to avoid a possible impact on Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Elon Musk-owned social media company planned to roll out Improved version of its subscription Twitter Blue service, on Monday. The company started test new features on Saturdayaccording to app update notes.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The reported move to delay the rollout of the verification badge comes just days before the US midterm elections, with polls ending Nov. The New York Times reports that the move is intended to limit the potential for failure of verified users who impersonate other political or government figures, such as President Biden or news outlets that claim the results bias may prevent others from voting.
Jen Easterly, director of CISA, a US government agency assigned to monitor election security and protect voting infrastructure, said last week that the agency found “no reliable or specific information about attempts to circumvent or compromise,” but warned of the ongoing risks posed by disinformation campaigns driven by influencers. sowing foreign agents to undermine confidence in the electoral system.
Security experts like Chris Krebs, former director of CISA who was fired by President Trump for denying allegations of election fraud, warning that Twitter’s new verification rules would be a “big risk” ahead of the midterm elections.
At the time of writing, some verified users are impersonating Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, despite the risk of their accounts being suspended for impersonation.
The revamped Twitter Blue, which will cost $7.99 a month in the US, includes a bunch of new features including the coveted blue checkmark for anyone who signs up as well as a cut in the number of ads. reports are served to them on the platform.
Musk is betting on making the subscription service a major source of revenue for Twitter, which he acquired last month for $44 billion. Musk has funded $13 billion in buybacks from banks and needs to pay more than $1 billion a year in interest payments.
The company started cutting costs earlier this week, lay off about half of its workforceor about 3,700 jobs.
In a series of tweets earlier this week, Musk claimed that the company’s revamped Twitter Blue “could beat” the ad revenue YouTube provides creators with, and that he’s also working on fixing the functionality. search on Twitter.
Twitter will also soon allow users to attach long text to tweets, he said. Twitter plans to roll out the revamped Twitter Blue to subscribers in multiple markets in the coming months. In response to a tweet, Musk said he hopes that Twitter Blue will launch to users in India “In less than a month.”