With the motive of stopping AI bot swarms from taking over its platform, Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday announced a new plan that will be implemented from April 15th. According to Musk, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations as this is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. Musk’s tweet stated, “Starting April 15th, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations. The is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle. Voting in polls will require verification for same reason.”
Earlier, Twitter announced that it will be doing away with the blue ticks for legacy verified accounts starting April 1. The only individual Twitter users who will have verified blue check-marks are those paying for Twitter Blue, which in the US costs $8 per month (roughly Rs. 600) via the Web and $11 month (roughly Rs. 900) through in-app payment on iOS and Android.
For companies and brands, Twitter recently introduced a gold check-mark and has shifted government accounts to a grey check-mark. As previously indicated, a subscription to the social network’s new Twitter Verified Organizations program in the U.S. which will be the only way to keep a gold or grey check-mark badge will cost $1,000 per month (plus tax) and $50 per month (plus tax) for each additional affiliate subaccount.
It remains to be seen how this new rule will affect the existing users and how effective it will be in curbing the AI bot swarms on Twitter. However, this move from Elon Musk to tighten the security and authenticity of the platform is certainly a welcome one.