According to an Monday evening tweet by CEO Elon Musk, Twitter users will require a “verified” account to be recommended on the platform’s For You page. This is effective from April 15th. Twitter promises to begin dismantling the “legacy” verified system by April 1. This would imply that you will need a “verified account” to get recommended on the platform’s For You page.
Musk claims that the move is “the only real way to stop advanced AI bots taking over.” Musk also stated that verified users will be the only ones who can vote in polls.
This announcement should be taken with a grain of salt. Musk’s tweets are not always translated into policy or features. The most notable example of this is Musk’s February promise that the company would start sharing ad revenues with Blue subscribers. This is still MIA nearly two months later. He also promised that would open-source the company’s algorithm by March 5, which has yet to happen. However, now says it will occur on March 31, without acknowledging the missed deadline.
Similar promises have been made by Musk in the past. Before he stopped the charade by supposedly asking the community before making major service changes , he stated that Twitter would allow only Blue Subscribers vote in policy polls. However, it’s now a little irrelevant that he doesn’t really do those anymore.
This announcement comes days after Elon Musk put the company’s current value at $20 billion. That is less than half of the $44 billion that he paid for it five months ago. Musk stated in an email that Twitter Inc. employees would be awarded stock awards based upon a valuation of roughly $20 billion, according to American news media.
In a note to employees, Elon Musk stated that he is optimistic about the future of the social media company. According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk stated that he sees a clear but challenging path to a valuation of >$250B. This means stock given now would be 10 times more valuable
Twitter continues to have problems. Twitter said Monday that a portion of its source code was leaked online. Source code is the computer code that runs the social network. According to the legal document filed with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, Twitter asked GitHub to remove the code from the site. Further, the document states that the platform fulfilled the request and has disabled the content.