Twitter halts $8 per month subscription as fake accounts multiply rapidly


Monthly fees for Twitter: To address the growing problem of people impersonating well-known companies, Twitter Inc. has suspended an $8 subscription program it introduced earlier this week, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person, who requested anonymity because the information is private, said current subscribers will still be able to access their accounts. The platformer site was the first to report the action.

According to an internal approved list, the company has also reportedly brought back “official” badges for high-profile accounts. According to the person, the gray mark started appearing again on Friday under the profiles of major media organizations and companies. Before the rejection, the identification tag was implemented earlier this week.

Ever since Twitter started allowing paying customers to get verified blue checkmarks, the number of fake accounts has increased. Although the fake Eli Lilly & Co. account tweeted that insulin was now free, prompting the company to apologise, another account running as Nintendo Inc posted a picture of Super Mario giving the middle finger.

A fictitious account of Tesla Inc. shed light on the automaker’s achievements in the field of safety.

“To prevent impersonation, we’ve added the ‘Official’ tag to some accounts,” Twitter support tweeted on Friday.

Elon Musk tweeted on the same day that all accounts participating in the parody must have the word “parody” in their name.

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