Elon Musk launches new blue, gold and gray Twitter ticks | Twitter

Elon Musk has said Twitter verification will return next week with color-coded categories for individuals, government accounts and businesses.

Twitter’s new owner said the platform would launch a new verification service next Friday, after pulling an earlier attempt at a revamp this month after it triggered a flood of impostor accounts.

Musk said verified accounts would carry a blue checkmark — or ticks — for individuals, a gray checkmark for “government” and a gold checkmark for businesses. Tesla’s CEO did not specify whether the government’s tick would also apply to government departments or state-owned entities.

Sorry for the delay, we are tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week.

Gold check for businesses, gray check for government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts are manually approved before check is activated.

Painful but necessary.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 25 November 2022

He added that all verified accounts would be “manually authenticated” before receiving their cross. Currently, more than 400,000 Twitter accounts have blue ticks, marking them as an authentic source.

Musk did not clarify whether the new verification service would be part of Twitter’s premium service, Twitter Blue, which had charged $7.99 for a blue tick when it relaunched this month, sparking a wave of account impersonations as users used the possibility to imitate companies such as like Eli Lilly and Tesla for less than $10. The rebuild was pulled soon after.

The verification change was announced as Musk paved the way for the return of banned accounts to the platform next week. He announced on Thursday that a “general amnesty” would be offered to suspended accounts, provided they had not broken the law or “engaged in rampant spamming”. Banned accounts on Twitter had included British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins and Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former adviser.

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