Twitter collapse as ‘verified’ Blair and Bush rogue pages say they ‘near to kill Iraqis’ | United Kingdom | New
Twitter Owner Elon Musk’s plan to let users pay for a blue tick has descended into chaos with ‘verified’ accounts for George W Bush and Mr Tony Blair saying they “miss killing Iraqis”. Users of Apple’s social media platform on iOS can now sign up and pay for the service, which places a blue badge next to their profile name.
Twitter said the service, which costs £6.99 a month, is expected to expand to Android and the web version of the app, but Mr. Musk continues to face criticism over the controversial change.
Scams and fake accounts have appeared on Twitter since the rollout with one “verified” account claiming to be that of former US President George W Bush. With a sad face emoji at the end of the sentence, he tweeted: “I miss killing Iraqis.”
A second account posing as Tony Blair and showing the blue tick, shared the tweet with the accompanying message “Even tbh (to be honest)”.
Both accounts have been suspended since the tweets appeared this morning (November 10).
The company said: “Until now, Twitter has used the blue check mark to indicate active, notable, and genuine accounts of public interest that Twitter has independently verified against certain requirements.
“Now, the blue checkmark can mean two different things: either that an account has been verified under the previous verification criteria (active, notable, and authentic), or that the account has an active Twitter Blue subscription.
“Accounts that receive the blue checkmark under a Twitter Blue subscription will not be subject to review to confirm that they meet the active, notable, and authentic criteria that were used in the previous process.”
He adds that the changes are designed to “help reduce untrustworthy fake accounts and promote better Twitter.”
For now, accounts verified under the old system are allowed to keep their own blue badges.
Besides the UK, the new system has gone live for iOS users in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The update comes after a chaotic day on the site on Wednesday as another form of verification – a gray checkmark and an “Official” badge have been deployedonly for Mr Musk to “kill” it hours later, saying it was “an aesthetic nightmare”.
In response to the back and forth, Mr Musk tweeted: “Please note that Twitter will be doing a lot of stupid things in the coming months.
“We will keep what works and change what doesn’t.”