Twitter’s blue check payment system is first launched in the UK, the US, Canada and other countries. Experts warn that mass layoffs may weaken fact-checking power

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(Central News Agency) The social media platform Twitter (Twitter) officially launched a new subscription service yesterday (5), charging $8 (about NT$256) per month to provide identity authentication blue ticks, and at the same time in the Apple App An updated version is available on the App Store.

In an update note for Apple’s iOS devices, Twitter said users who “sign up now” can add the popular blue check mark next to their username, “like you’re following,” Reuters reported. celebrities, businesses, and politicians.”

The new service is currently only available to users in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

According to the iOS update notification, other benefits of the subscription plan include “half the amount of advertising”, the ability to upload longer videos, and the ranking of tweets according to the quality of the content.

A blue tick next to a user’s name indicates that the Twitter user’s identity has been verified and the account is owned by the user.

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man who has just joined Twitter, announced in a tweet earlier this week that Twitter will adjust the user identity verification process. Twitter is currently free for most users.

Musk also announced via Twitter yesterday, “Once we confirm that the new service works well in the first trial countries and complete the relevant translation work, the service will be officially launched around the world.”

The US “National Public Radio” (NPR) reported that the new model of the blue tick paid subscription service may bring a lot of false information to the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States. Since 2009, Blue Gogo has been offered to users who have gone through a verification process to prove they are using a real person and not a fake account.

For the new subscription service, Twitter has not clearly stated whether there are other requirements for the authenticity of the user’s identity in addition to the monthly fee.

It’s still unclear when paid users will see the new blue checkmark next to their name, or when previously authenticated users who are not paying now will lose their blue checkmark.

Esther Crawford, a product manager at Twitter, said on his personal Twitter that the new service is being tested, but some users may see some updates first because Twitter is monitoring these real-time issues. Change.

Crawford added that users of the Android system are the next batch of applicable objects for the new service, but there is no exact timetable yet.


Massive layoffs after Musks acquisition, experts warn that several risks are increasing

(Central News Agency) Twitter’s new boss Musk has promised that the platform will not be reduced to a “free-for-all hellscape” (free-for-all hellscape), but experts warn that mass layoffs could significantly weaken the social media. capacity for real information.

After billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter for US$44 billion, he slashed the social network’s 7,500-strong workforce in half the day before (4). Citing US media reports, Agence France-Presse pointed out that the wave of layoffs has affected multiple departments, including the trust and safety team that manages content moderation, as well as engineering and machine learning.

Kate Starbird, a disinformation researcher and assistant professor at the University of Washington, said, “I’m going to be careful and careful on this platform in the next few days…be careful what you retweet, who you follow. , and even pay attention to how you feel about how things are going.”

In a post on his Twitter account, Starbold warned of the increased risks of “impersonation” attempts, “coordinated misinformation by manipulators” and “scams that seek to get users to spread lies.”

Jessica Gonzalez, co-chief executive of the nonprofit Free Press, said that “everyone knows” that before the midterm elections “social media will be out of control, misinformation and intimidating, hurting voters of color,” and she worries that Twitter will loosen its content and power at this juncture.

“Twitter was already hell before Musk took over, and his actions … will only make it worse,” Gonzalez said.

Musk dismissed that assessment, tweeting, “We actually saw less hate speech this week than our prior baseline,” tweeting, without citing data to support his claim.

“To be clear, nothing has changed in Twitter’s unwavering commitment to content moderation,” he wrote the day before.

In addition, the day after Musk cut Twitter’s 7,500-strong workforce in half, Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey publicly apologized to employees, saying he let the social platform grow “too fast.” .

“I understand that many people are not happy with me,” wrote Dusey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 and stepped down as CEO last year.

He tweeted: “I am responsible for why everyone is where they are: I let the company grow too fast. I want to apologize for that.”

“Twitter employees, past and present, are strong and resilient,” he wrote today. “No matter how difficult the situation at hand, they always find a way to cope.”

He tweeted: “I appreciate and love everyone, former and current. I don’t expect this to be mutual at this juncture, or at any time, and I get it.”


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