Among the 140,000 people who subscribed to Twitter Blue, the vast majority stand out for fake accounts, users with stolen identities and platforms with extremist discourse.
According to The New York Times, almost 140,000 Twitter users subscribed to the Blue versionwhich has a cost of $8 dollars per month and which, among other benefits, allows users to verify their accounts through a check or blue dot
Among the data, it was revealed that on average Twitter Blue verified users have 560 followersalthough several others They are personalities with millions of followers like Youtuber Mika Salamanca (3.9 million)and different actors from pornographic films.
Likewise, the portal alerted that different far-right people have been verifiedincluding the shooter kyle rittenhouse Y the anti-LGBT account: Libs of Tik Tok.
A validation of political speeches?
The data was provided by German developer Travis Brown, who explained that thousands of Twitter Blue subscribers were linked to nearly 5,000 far-right Twitter accountswhich had previously been reported for boosting extremist ideas, including the invasion of the Capitol in 2021.
Several of the accounts were also noted by Cornell University for publishing conspiracy theories about electoral fraud, after the presidential elections in which Donald Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden.
Far-right account verification adds to a lot of problems that Elon Musk and Twitter have faced since the new CEO implemented payment verification, to such an extent that for now, the decision has been made to discontinue said function, which will be modified to be relaunched on November 29.
The chaos of fake accounts
In addition to the profiles on the right, Twitter verification has been the victim of different users on the platform who, after obtaining the trademark, they change their name to impersonate different institutions and celebrities.
Previously Elon Musk had sentenced the actionsuspending accounts that used the check mark to impersonate others, but several users highlighted that in reality the only accounts suspended were those posing as the owner of the application.
So then profiles appeared that pretended to be personalities like George W. Bush, Tony Blair and OJ Simpson, In addition to institutions and companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, Pfizer and even the FBI.
Such actions “scared away” some of the impersonated brands, who ceased their advertising efforts on the social network.
At the moment, Musk says Twitter Blue relaunch is on hold until the platform can resolve the impersonation issues, although it did not mention anything regarding the verification of profiles with hate speech.
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