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The Blue Checkmark Takes On a Whole New Meaning When Anyone Can Become “Verified” for a Small Monthly Fee

The Blue Checkmark Takes On a Whole New Meaning When Anyone Can Become “Verified” for a Small Monthly Fee

Twitter’s blue checkmark used to be reserved for politicians, celebrities, news organizations; essentially any account who might be the target of impersonators. A checkmark became a means of confirming that the person or entity behind the account is who they claim to be.

So, is the checkmark still relevant now that anyone can pay $8 per month for one without actually verifying their identity? Does this new pay-to-play scheme make it easier for scammers to pose as legitimate businesses? Suppose a “verified” account starts tweeting false voting locations or dates for an upcoming election?

This is going to be a disaster.

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