Sun 17 September 2023:
A government-ID based verification mechanism for premium users has been introduced by Elon Musk-led X (Formerly Twitter) in an effort to combat impersonation on the site and offer extra privileges, such as “prioritised support.”
This ID verification service, which is now accessible in a number of countries, will soon be extended to include other territories, including the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA), and the UK.
The platform has collaborated with Israel-based company Au10tix for identity verification.
“X currently focuses on account authentication to prevent impersonation, and may explore additional measures, such as ensuring users have access to age-appropriate content and protecting against spam and malicious accounts, to maintain the integrity of the platform and safeguard healthy conversations,” according to X website.
Users who choose to participate in this ID verification may receive additional benefits associated with the specific X feature in the future, like receiving a visibly labeled ID verification in the pop-up that appears when clicking on your blue check mark.
They will also be benefitted from “increased trust from other users who will see your ID verification label when they hover over your blue check mark”.
Such users will also receive prioritised support from X Services.
More benefits in the future will speed up the process of obtaining a blue check mark through a simplified review process and “greater flexibility in making frequent changes to your profile photo, display name, or username (@handle)”
This option is currently only available to individual users and not businesses or organisations, according to X.
Additionally, the company just launched a tool that allows premium users to hide their checkmarks from their profiles. Paid subscribers now have the option to hide the checkmarks on their profiles and posts thanks to this feature. The checkmark may still be visible in some locations, though, and some features may make the user’s current membership status visible.
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