A Perk for the Elite - Only Verified Users Can Enjoy It on Twitter

Unlocking the Power: Verified Users Get Exclusive Access to Twitter's TweetDeck
A Perk for the Elite - Only Verified Users Can Enjoy It on Twitter

Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, continues to make headlines with his transformative decisions. In the latest development, Elon Musk's influence extends to Twitter as the company announces significant changes under his ownership. One of the notable updates is the restriction of access to Twitter's TweetDeck, a popular online dashboard tool. As per the new policy, only verified users will be able to utilize this previously free tool. Musk's impact on the platform doesn't stop there, as he has also implemented measures such as limited tweet viewing for unverified accounts and the introduction of fees for accessing Twitter's API. These decisions reflect Musk's determination to reshape the user experience and address concerns regarding data scraping and system manipulation. With Elon Musk's name repeatedly associated with these transformative changes, the tech world eagerly awaits the impact of his vision on Twitter's future.

Twitter's TweetDeck to Restrict Access to Verified Users, Confirms Company In the latest wave of changes under Elon Musk's ownership, Twitter has announced that its popular online dashboard tool, TweetDeck, will soon only be available to verified users.

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TweetDeck, a previously free and widely used tool, allows users to efficiently organize their followed accounts into customizable columns for easy content monitoring. Its versatility has made it popular among businesses and news organizations alike.

According to a tweet from the company, this new policy will be implemented in 30 days and could potentially generate additional revenue for Twitter, which has faced challenges in retaining advertisers since Musk took the helm.

This decision comes amidst a series of significant changes initiated by Musk, such as requiring users to be logged in to access tweets and imposing a daily limit of 1,000 tweets for unverified accounts.

Musk defended the tweet limit as a "temporary emergency measure" aimed at discouraging excessive data scraping and system manipulation, which he claimed were negatively impacting user experience. The tech executive has expressed frustration with AI companies extracting data from social media platforms, including Twitter, for training their systems.

He stated, "We absolutely will take legal action against those who stole our data and look forward to seeing them in court, which is optimistically projected to be 2 to 3 years from now."

In May, Musk's lawyer, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, requesting an audit of the company's use of Twitter's content, alleging a breach of the data agreement between the two parties.

Twitter has also introduced fees for accessing its application programming interface (API), which is utilized by third-party apps and researchers. The company, having largely dissolved its public relations department, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The modification to TweetDeck may serve as an incentive for users to join the Twitter Blue program, where verification can be obtained through a subscription. Twitter Blue costs $11 per month in the US (on iOS or Android), £11 in the UK, and $19 in Australia, offering the coveted blue checkmark—a privilege previously granted to politicians, journalists, and other notable public figures.

Despite its launch, Twitter Blue has attracted only 150,000 subscribers in its initial weeks, which constitutes a small fraction of the platform's global user base of nearly 400 million. Recent reports from Mashable indicate that the number of paid subscribers has dwindled to around 68,000 as of April 30.

A Perk for the Elite - Only Verified Users Can Enjoy It on Twitter

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