Twitter begins labeling major Indian government handles as ‘official’


Washington (USA): Twitter, Elon Musk’s newly acquired microblogging platform, has started labeling Indian government and media identities as “official” ahead of the rollout of blue tick subscriptions across India.

The word “official” was discovered in the Twitter usernames of various Indian government agencies. The “official label” is also used by the Prime Minister’s Office, the official Twitter account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Twitter account of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Earlier, Twitter executive Esther Crawford revealed on Tuesday that she will be introducing a second verification badge to prevent misunderstandings between authentic accounts and those who pay for their blue ticks, according to the New York Post.

According to Twitter CEO Esther Crawford, verified accounts will now have an “official” badge under their handles, as well as a gray verification tick.

He further added that the marking will help users differentiate between legitimate accounts and Twitter Blue subscriptions, replacing the blue checks previously used for verified accounts.

“Not all previously verified accounts will receive the ‘Official’ badge, and the label is not available for purchase,” Crawford told the New York Post.

“Government accounts, commercial companies, business partners, important media outlets, publishers and some public figures,” he said, will be official pages.

Twitter has not said how it will choose which accounts are labeled as “official.”

Musk confirmed the claims last week, announcing that the company would charge $8 per month for Twitter’s subscription service, which includes priority replies, mentions and searches.

“Twitter’s current lords and farmers mechanism to determine who has and doesn’t have a blue checkmark is crap. People have the upper hand! Blue for $8 a month” he tweeted about it.

However, many were disappointed by Musk’s option to add a blue tick price. Even some advertisers distanced themselves from the site. Twitter Blue subscriptions were widely released a year ago as a way to access ad-free articles from certain publishers and make additional changes to the app, such as a different color home screen icon.

Twitter conceded plans to buy Musk’s social media site and take it private in April. Musk, on the other hand, immediately cast doubt on his plans to adhere to the arrangement, claiming that the firm failed to adequately disclose the amount of spam and fraudulent accounts on the service. In July, Elon Musk, who had long expressed interest in buying Twitter, abruptly canceled the transaction. The Tesla CEO claimed that Twitter broke their mutual purchase agreement by misrepresenting the amount of spam and fraudulent bot accounts on its network.

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