Elon Musk claims that only verified accounts will be recommended on Twitter’s For You page

Twitter users will require a “verified account” to get suggested on the platform’s For You page starting on April 15th, according to a Monday evening post from CEO Elon Musk. It looks like if you want to appear in the feeds of people who don’t follow you, you’ll need to be corporate, a government institution, or a Twitter Blue subscription because Twitter has pledged to begin eliminating the “old” verified system at the beginning of April.

That is “the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over,” according to Musk. According to Musk, only verified accounts will be able to vote in polls for the “same reason.”

 

Given that Musk’s tweets haven’t always resulted in features or policies that are implemented, it would be prudent to treat this news with extreme caution. The promise he made in February that the business would begin sharing ad revenue with Blue subscribers—a promise that is still unfulfilled nearly two months later—is possibly the best illustration. He also pledged to release the company’s algorithm as open source by March 5th, but that hasn’t happened yet. Now, he claims it will be on March 31st, but he doesn’t mention the earlier missed date.

Musk has made similar promises in the past. Before abandoning the ruse of purportedly consulting the community before implementing significant service changes, he claimed that Twitter would only permit Blue Subscribers to participate in policy polls.