Elon Musk waits for Blue Verified to launch on Twitter until he has ‘high confidence’ to stop copycats

Elon Musk is postponing the rollout of Twitter’s Blue Verified checkmark system until the platform finds a better way to deal with impostor accounts.

“Withholding Blue Verified relaunch until there is high confidence in stopping spoofing,” Musk tweeted late Monday.

He then said there would likely be different colored checkmarks for organizations and individuals without giving further details.

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The development comes after a chaotic overhaul of Twitter’s verification process, following its equally tumultuous acquisition of the company late last month.

Within a week, Twitter granted gray tick badges to official government accounts and then revoked them. It then allowed users to receive a blue tick through its $8 subscription services and then discontinued that offer.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the 2022 Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, August 29, 2022. (Carina Johansen/Getty Images)

Musk previously said that Twitter would permanently suspend any account that engaged in impersonation without clearly specifying “parody”. After a flood of parody accounts fueled more confusion and chaos on the platform, Musk said streams engaged in parody must now include “parody” in their name, not just in their bio.

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Over the weekend, Twitter fired outsourced moderators who enforced rules against harmful content, further stripping its safeguards against misinformation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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