Twitter Sets Relaunch of Twitter Blue With Safeguards to Prevent Blue Check-Mark Imposters

Elon Musk’s Twitter is getting ready to relaunch Twitter Blue, the subscription service that now includes the blue check-mark — and this time it’s taking new steps to prevent last month’s fiasco that led to a deluge of “verified” impersonators and parody accounts.

Starting Monday, Twitter Blue will be available for $8 per month if you purchase a subscription on the web, and $11 per month if you buy it on Apple’s iOS. The higher price on iOS is to account for what Musk has termed Apple’s 30% “tax” on in-app purchases processed through the App Store.

However, subscribers won’t automatically get the blue check-mark — that will occur only “after your account has been reviewed,” Twitter said in announcing the service relaunch Saturday. In addition, subscribers will be able to change their handle, display name and profile photo, but “if they do they’ll temporarily lose the blue check-mark until their account is reviewed again.”

Additional benefits of Twitter Blue include the “Edit Tweet” capability, which had for years been the top-requested feature; 1080p HD video uploads; and access to reader mode.

The company also said it will begin replacing the “official” label it had introduced with a gold check-mark for businesses and later in the week a grey check-mark for government and “multilateral” accounts. Musk has said that previously verified Twitter accounts — which were intended to increase user trust in the platform — that had the blue check-mark would be phased out over the next few months.

The new process comes after Musk’s first attempt to roll out paid check-marks was a confusing mess.

On Nov. 9, less than two weeks after the mega-billionaire closed the $44 billion deal for the company, Twitter rolled out Twitter Blue with the check-mark badge on Nov. 9. Two days later, it suspended Twitter Blue signups following a deluge of users who set up misleading fake and parody accounts that were “verified.”

That included a parody account impersonating Musk’s own Tesla, as well as accounts posing as Eli Lilly & Co. (which falsely tweeted “we are excited to announce insulin is free now,” prompting a stock sell-off that wiped out $15 billion in market cap), Nintendo (which featured an image of Mario extending the middle finger) and Dave Chappelle (which had tweeted, “Trans women are women. No longer team terf, y’all”).

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