Starting on April 15, Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, stated that users who want to feature on “For You” suggestions, which display a stream of tweets from accounts on the social media platform, must have a verified account.
To allow users to view their tweets who do not necessarily follow them, a user must either be a Twitter Blue subscriber or a company or government entity.
Additionally, Musk mentioned that only verified Twitter accounts would be eligible for participation in polls, which would have a big impact on how users interact with the social networking site.
The decision is aligned with Musk’s plans to move all users to the new Twitter Blue subscription, since he recently declared that all existing owners of the blue tick will soon start losing their verification badge.
Starting April 15th, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations.
The is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle.
Voting in polls will require verification for same reason.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2023
“Starting April 15th, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations. This is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle. Voting in polls will require verification for same reason,” Musk tweeted.
Since January, users have had the chance to view popular tweets from users they don’t necessarily follow because to the “For You” feature. Users of Twitter can view content from only the accounts they follow on the Following tab.
Musk had previously stated that only paid Twitter Blue tick subscribers would be able to vote in policy-related polls on Twitter.
The desperate move to change Twitter to a blue tick subscription comes at a time when Elon Musk’s leadership of the social networking site has resulted in a decline in ad revenue.
The company’s daily revenue was down 40% year over year, according to the January version of the tech newsletter The Platformer report.
The report noted that advertisers have withdrawn in droves due to concerns about a rise in hate speech on the site following its acquisition by a self-described “free speech absolutist.”