Everyone will know if you are one of the people who got a blue check mark by paying for it.
Earlier today, Twitter rolled out the new version of Twitter Blue which, in addition to increasing the price to $8 per month, gives anyone who subscribes to the subscription service the famous blue check mark. For anyone who was hoping to pass up as someone with the blue check mark before the new Twitter Blue launched, you’re in luck.
Spotted by Tom Warren of The Verge, when you click on the blue check mark on a user’s profile page, it will tell you whether he got the check mark the old way or the new way. If they get the check mark in the new way, you’ll see a message calling up the profile, saying “This account has been verified because it is subscribed to Twitter Blue.”
You can see the difference between the old and the new verification below:
Welcome to the new blue Twitter. There are now 2 blue ticks so you can see who pays the $8 or not 🙃 pic.twitter.com/ALzMSRrztqNovember 9, 2022
Elon Musk thinks the new method will still work
Elon Musk hosted the Twitter space earlier today where the new CEO answered a range of questions from users and advertisers. During the call, concern about buying your way into checking, of course, was brought up with the new chief Twit.
Musk responded to the concerns by saying that Twitter Blue is actually a great way to ensure identity on the platform. The CEO said that in addition to the $8 per month charge, which Musk sees as a hindrance to some bad actors, the company will also use phone and credit/debit card data to ensure credibility. Musk says that even if someone kept paying $8 a month on new accounts, they wouldn’t have an unlimited number of credit cards and cell phones to hide in.
We will see how this approach to verification goes. A number of users have already appeared as impersonators of other accounts from Lebron James to Nintendo. Musk’s approach is quickly tested.