FP crewNov 17, 2022 at 15:42:32 IST
When Elon Musk announced that he would That charges $8 a month For users to do a verified blue check and a couple of other features on Twitter, almost everyone familiar with trolling and slander on the platform knew that this would turn into a disaster and that trolls and scammers would abuse the system to cause havoc.
It turns out that the Twitter Trust and Safety team had similar thoughts, too. In fact, they have sent many memos stating that spammers will abuse the system. Elon Musk ignored internal warnings from Twitter’s Trust and Safety team when it brought up the failed paid verification scheme, according to an article by Platformer & The Verge.
About a week before the launch on November 9 of the revamped Twitter Blue subscription, which gave users who pay $8 a month a blue checkmark even if they weren’t previously verified, the Trust and Safety team distributed a seven-page list of recommendations aimed at helping Musk find out. Avoid the most obvious and damaging consequences of his plans for Blue.
“Eager fraudsters/bad actors can be willing to pay…to take advantage of increased inflation to achieve their ends where the upside exceeds the cost,” the document said. The article said that this warning was “named ‘P0’ to indicate an anxiety in the higher risk category.”
Speaking of another P0 risk that may arise from the way the Twitter Blue model will be implemented, the Trust and Safety team warned that paid checkmarks could lead to “impersonation of world leaders, advertisers, brand partners, election officials and other high-profile individuals.” Legacy verification provides an important signal in enforcing impersonation rules, the loss of which would likely lead to an increase in the impersonation of high-profile accounts on Twitter.”
The issues Twitter employees had warned about quickly surfaced after the rollout of Twitter Blue, where scammers eagerly paid $8 for checkmarks that made it easy to impersonate high-profile accounts.
Most people have trolled Elon Musk by changing their profile names and display photos to those of Musk himself, but the trolls have gone a step further. While several tweets from fake Twitter handles for Nintendo, Pepsi, Lebron James, and Donald Trump, which the trolls were running, caused some major confusion, an account Mimicking the US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly that makes life-saving insulin It caused the actual company to lose billions of dollars.
Musk discontinued the paid verification plan after just two days, though Musk said it would “likely” be reinstated by the end of next week, before The final release date is set for November 29.