Twitter has relaunched its premium membership after a disastrous launch that has inundated the platform with impostors.
Elon Musk enlarged twitter blue After he took over in October, the service came into focus, with the most prominent change being to grant members a profile checkmark previously reserved for verified accounts.
but the move quickly fall into farceas pranksters impersonate the official pages of former President George W. Bush, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and gaming giant Nintendo.
it forced twitter to suspend its serviceIt relaunched on Monday after a month-long freeze, and the price remains £6.99 a month in the UK ($8 in the US).
After signing up, users can use the edit button to post longer videos, their posts will be enlarged and they will see fewer ads.
Blue’s return would also pave the way for Twitter to ditch its “official” label, which was added to some accounts to distinguish those verified under the previous system from those paid members.
Examples include sporting organisations, businesses and media outlets, Labels will soon be replaced with gold or gray checkmarks.
Musk reveals huge increase in character limit
Ahead of Blue’s comeback, Twitter’s billionaire owner also teased changes to the platform’s character limit.
In response to a question about the proposal that the border would increase from 280 to a staggering 4,000, Musk gave a simple one-word answer.
current limit has existed for five yearsinitially 140.
Musk’s plan to increase it by more than 1,300% has faced some pushback from users, with some fearing it would damage one of Twitter’s defining characteristics and potentially make it more akin to Facebook.
This could be the way to turn Twitter into “X, everything app”Musk has repeatedly used it as a way to broaden the appeal of the platform.
The proposal is related to WeChat in Chinawhich combines familiar features like messaging, marketplaces, and public posts into one place.
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Community Notes feature comes to the UK
Twitter users in the UK may notice another new feature on Monday: community annotations.
Designed to combat misinformation, it allows users to add “helpful and informative context to a tweet”.
Annotations can be rated based on how useful they are, and annotations that receive positive reviews will then be displayed to everyone along with the tweet.
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During testing, the feature was called Birdwatch, and it was only available in the US.
Brits can sign up to take part after the wider launch, with a dedicated page for the feature divided into three tabs – ‘Needs your help’, ‘New’ and ‘Rate helpful’.
The first shows tweets with comments containing different views that need more user feedback, the second shows the most recently submitted comments, and the third shows the positions with the most votes.
To sign up, accounts must have been on Twitter for at least six months, have a verified phone number from a trusted phone carrier, and have not violated platform rules recently.