Twitter’s Musk says verification to return next week

Twitter’s Musk says verification to return next week

Elon Musk said that Twitter verification will return next week with colour-coded categories for individuals, government accounts and companies.

The platform will launch a new verification service next Friday, after it pulled an earlier attempt at a revamp earlier this month after it caused a flood of fake accounts.

Musk said verified accounts would carry a blue tick or checkmark for individuals, a grey tick for government and a gold tick for companies. The Tesla chief executive didn't say whether the government tick would apply to state departments or state-owned entities.

He stated that all verified accounts would be manually authenticated before receiving their tick. More than 400,000 Twitter accounts have blue ticks, which marks them as an authentic source.

Musk said that 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 was relaunched this month, triggering a wave of account impersonations as users took up the opportunity to impersonate companies such as Eli Lilly and Tesla for less than $10. The revamp was pulled soon after.

The verification change was announced by Musk and will lead to the return of banned accounts to the platform next week. On Thursday he announced that a general amnesty would be offered to suspended accounts if they had not broken the law or engaged in sexious spam banned accounts on Twitter. The British rightwing commentator Katie Hopkins and Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former adviser.