Twitter chief Elon Musk announced on Monday night that he would delay the relaunch of his new Twitter blue check program until the platform develops a strategy with “high confidence of stopping impersonation.”
“Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation,” wrote Musk.
Musk’s $8 subscription-based verification plan launched earlier this month has come under scrutiny for the ease with which it can be misused to impersonate public figures.
Legitimate users could lose their verified checkmarks because they choose not to pay, allowing other accounts to deceptively use their information under the guise of a blue check.
A range of accounts impersonated public figures and companies after the rollout of Twitter Blue, causing signups for the program to be suspended to “help address impersonation issues.”