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Twitter set to begin adding ‘mute’ and ‘block’ signals from Blue Verified as downvotes

Twitter boss Elon Musk has announced significant adjustments to Twitter's Blue Verified programme.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi:  Twitter boss Elon Musk has announced significant adjustments to Twitter’s Blue Verified programme after the controversy over the abrupt suspension of the accounts of several journalists who cover the social media network. The 51-year-old businessman tweeted, “Twitter will start adding mute & block signals from Blue Verified (not Legacy Blue) as downvotes.”

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According to Twitter’s owner, a neural network model for a tweet and the account tweeting will take into account all user activities, including positive actions.

He stated, “As user accounts gain reputation, their activities will carry more weight, much like how @CommunityNotes functions.” Additionally, according to Musk, it will be simpler to read tweets from only the accounts you follow and other tweet curators.

Musk recently introduced Twitter Blue, a new subscription service with coloured ticks for people, businesses, governments, and government agencies. The updated features include a blue check mark for verified people, a gold check mark for businesses, and a grey check mark for governments and government entities. The verification badge will cost $8 per month for Android users but $11 per month for iPhone users.

Following Elon Musk’s assertion that he was doxxed, Twitter suspended a number of journalists’ accounts. 

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The rift between Musk and the media grew even wider after Twitter suspended the accounts of several journalists. The billionaire had accused them of endangering their family. Everything started when Twitter banned the @elonjet account, which tracked his private jet’s trips.Musk defended his move.

The accounts of several noted journalists from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, and other outlets were suspended after strong reactions from the European Union and the United Nations. Later, some journalists’ accounts were reactivated.

 

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