NEWS: Twitter will halt handing out blue verification badges until AFTER the Tues US Midterm elections, per people familiar
— rat king 🐀 (@MikeIsaac) November 6, 2022
…[M]any Twitter users and employees raised concerns that the new pay-for-play badges could cause confusion ahead of Tuesday’s elections because users could easily create verified accounts — say, posing as President Biden or as lawmakers or news outlets and publishing false information about voting results — which could potentially sow discord. In an internal Slack channel on Saturday, one Twitter employee asked why the social network was “making such a risky change before elections, which has the potential of causing election interference.”
A manager working on the verification badge project responded on Sunday that “we’ve made the decision to move the launch of this release to Nov. 9, after the election.”
Twitter, whose communications team has been almost entirely laid off, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nov. 9 is the day immediately following Tuesday’s election, and many races may still be undecided as votes are tallied…
(But there’s also persistent rumors that the new verification process launch isn’t going well at all, so delaying further highly public changes might be self-protective as well.)
I had heard that Ross Perot's company was famous for trying to build the plane while flying it, metaphorically speaking. Twitter is currently trying to vandalize the plane while flying it into a mountain.
— Jort-Michel Connard ?? (@torriangray) November 5, 2022