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Twitter to launch gold and grey verification ticks alongside blue check mark, in ‘painful, but necessary’ move, says Elon Musk | Science & Tech News

Owner Elon Musk announced that Twitter will roll out gold and gray check marks when it relaunches its delayed blue retail service next week.

The billionaire’s CEO said in a post on the social media platform that the move was “painful but necessary”.

Musk said all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the flag is activated.

He wrote: “Golden check for corporations, gray check for governments, blue for individuals (celebrities or not). Painful but necessary”.

In another tweet, Musk said, “Individuals can have a small secondary logo to show they belong to an organization if it is verified by that organization.”

He added that a longer explanation would be provided next week.

The social media platform has suspended its recently announced $8 retail blue chip subscription service in the face of a rise in fake accounts and said it will relaunch on November 29.

The blue checkmark was previously reserved for verified accounts of politicians, celebrities, journalists, and other public figures.

Details of the revamped authentication system come after Mr. Musk announced he would do so Granting an “amnesty” to suspended Twitter accountsleading to warnings about an increase in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

The billionaire had asked his more than 118 million followers to vote in a poll regarding reinstatement of accounts that did not “break the law or engage in egregious spam”.

The yes vote was 72%.

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Mr Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter In January 2021, after his supporters attacked the US Capitol Building that left many dead.

Twitter said the decision, after the riots, was “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”.

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