Elon Musk wants to give 'power to the people' on Twitter
Criticized from all sides after an intense first week at the helm of Twitter, Elon Musk defended his flagship projects tooth and nail over the weekend latest, including the upcoming launch of a paid subscription for Internet users wishing to use the famous blue authentication mark.
Extended verification to all [accounts] will democratize journalism and empower the people, he tweeted on Sunday.
So far, Eligible accounts (government, media, political, cultural, etc.) could have a blue check mark added to their profile as a token of authenticity.
As soon as he acquired Twitter 10 days ago, the Tesla boss launched an overhaul of this system so that everyone could obtain the famous badge, and other practical tools, by subscribing to Twitter Blue for US$8 per month (CA$11).
On iPhones, the social network's mobile application already mentions the arrival of the new formula , but its launch has been postponed until Wednesday, the day after the US parliamentary elections, according to the New York Times.
Power to the people: your account will receive a blue tick, just like those of celebrities, businesses and parliamentarians you already follow, Twitter now promises.
However, for many specialists, the certification of accounts must guarantee the authenticity of exchanges on the platform. In particular, they fear the eruption of fake verified accounts.
In the future, Twitter users who pose as someone x27;other, without clearly stating that it is a parody, will have their account permanently suspended, Elon Musk said on Sunday
Any name change will cause a temporary loss of the blue tick, he added.
He also mentioned that pseudonyms were still allowed as long as that they do not seek to deceive for malicious purposes, and he discussed creating a different brand for public figures.
American comedian Kathy Griffin's account was suspended last weekend after she took on the identity of Elon Musk on her own profile to make fun of him. The new Twitter boss posted a tweet telling her she could get her account back if she paid $8 USD for a monthly subscription to Twitter Blue.
Twitter must become by far the most trusted source of information in the world. This is our mission, he said.
And to do that, I'm going to let anyone give me money to appear as a legitimate source of information, instead of guaranteeing that all legitimate sources of information are properly authenticated, reacted a user.
You illustrate the problem, retorted Elon Musk. Journalists who think they are the only legitimate source of information is the big lie.
The whimsical billionaire also presents himself as the champion of freedom of expression, even if it bothers him, like this Twitter account which follows and publicizes the movements of his private plane.
My commitment to defending free speech goes as far as not banning the account that follows my plane, even if it is a risk to my personal safety, he wrote. /p>
The multibillionaire struggles to reassure associations, advertisers and even the United Nations, who fear a surge of hate speech and disinformation on the network, especially after the dismissal of d' about half of the group's staff on Friday.
In addition, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey blamed himself for the massive layoffs within the company that he gave birth. I am responsible for the situation in which [all staff] find themselves: I have expanded the company too quickly. I apologize, he wrote on the social network on Saturday.
With information from Agence France-Presse