According to Twitter, the blue tick lets people know an account of interest is authentic. Currently, there are seven categories of “public interest accounts”, such as government office accounts, news organisations and journalists, and influencers. Photo: dpa
According to Twitter, the blue tick lets people know an account of interest is authentic. Currently, there are seven categories of “public interest accounts”, such as government office accounts, news organisations and journalists, and influencers. Photo: dpa
Timothy Graham
Opinion

Opinion

Timothy Graham

Buying your way to online legitimacy: What happens if anyone can buy Twitter’s ‘blue tick’ status?

  • The little blue tick carries social importance in the public view, a coveted status symbol to which users aspire, in large part because Twitter’s approval process has made it difficult to obtain
  • Payment verification – Musk’s US$8 blue tick proposal – cannot guarantee the system will not be exploited for social harm

According to Twitter, the blue tick lets people know an account of interest is authentic. Currently, there are seven categories of “public interest accounts”, such as government office accounts, news organisations and journalists, and influencers. Photo: dpa
According to Twitter, the blue tick lets people know an account of interest is authentic. Currently, there are seven categories of “public interest accounts”, such as government office accounts, news organisations and journalists, and influencers. Photo: dpa
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