Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells businessman behind new social media platform that will be ‘better than Twitter’

Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells businessman behind new social media platform that will be ‘better than Twitter’. “The platform called Better is already being tested within the organisation and is due to be trialled by ‘VIPs’ in the summer before it goes live. People who want to be anonymous will be able to register an account to follow their favourite celebrities and journalists, for example, but they will not be able to post content.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter finally explains its new verification categories – a month after I asked about them

Liam O’Dell: Twitter finally explains its new verification categories – a month after I asked about them . “The latest update, reported by this website in late December, sees the activist category split into two separate categories: ‘activists and organisers’ and ‘content creators and other influential individuals’. Specific information for freelance journalists has also been added under the ‘news organisation or individual’ category. However, for both content creators and activists in the UK and US, the controversial 100,000 follower target remains.”

Bleeping Computer: As Twitter removes blue badges for many, phishing targets verified accounts

Bleeping Computer: As Twitter removes blue badges for many, phishing targets verified accounts . “Verified accounts on Twitter refer to those possessing a blue badge with a checkmark. These accounts typically represent notable influencers, prominent celebrities, politicians, journalists, activists, as well as government and private organizations. The phishing campaign follows Twitter’s recent removal of the checkmarks from a number of verified accounts, citing that these were ineligible for the legendary status, and were verified in error.”

The Verge: Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault

The Verge: Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault. “Twitter verified a fake account for Norway’s new Minister of Finance, but apparently, it’s not Twitter’s fault. As first reported by Norwegian tech site NRKbeta, the Prime Minister’s Office and Norway’s Security Authority (NSM) mistakenly passed along a fake account for verification.”

BetaNews: Twitter will let you know why you’re not worthy (of being verified)

BetaNews: Twitter will let you know why you’re not worthy (of being verified). “Being able to apply for Twitter verification is, of course, absolutely no guarantee of being verified, and huge number of people have been disappointed to be rejected. Unhelpfully, Twitter has — until now — failed to make it clear why a request for a blue badge has been denied. But now the company says it will be providing more detail.”

VentureBeat: Studies reveal verified social media users are fueling COVID-19 fake news

VentureBeat: Studies reveal verified social media users are fueling COVID-19 fake news. “In their survey, between January 1 and October 31, the IU and Politecnico researchers canvassed over 53 million tweets and more than 37 million Facebook posts across 140,000 pages and groups. They identified close to a million low-credibility links that were shared on both Facebook and Twitter, but bots alone weren’t responsible for the spread of misinformation. Rather, aside from the first few months of the pandemic, the primary sources of low-credibility information tended to be high-profile, official, and verified accounts, according to the coauthors. Verified accounts made up almost 40% of the number of retweets on Twitter and almost 70% of reshares on Facebook.”

9to5 Mac: Twitter officially relaunching verification program in January, here are the details

9to5Mac: Twitter officially relaunching verification program in January, here are the details. “In November, Twitter officially confirmed it would be bringing back its account verification process in early 2021 and shared a policy draft. Now the company has shared all of the fine details on how the relaunched system will work along with how user feedback shaped the new Twitter verification program that’s arriving in January 2021.”

KnowTechie: TikTok creators are coughing up more than $1,000 to get their accounts verified

KnowTechie: TikTok creators are coughing up more than $1,000 to get their accounts verified. “Everyone wants to be a TikTok star these days. And one of the best ways of getting there is getting a coveted blue checkmark next to your name. In other words, getting verified on the platform. And now it seems like a decent amount of creators are paying cold-hard cash to seedy brokers to get their account verified, and in some cases, it costs over $1,000.”

BetaNews: Want to get verified on Twitter? It could happen in 2021

BetaNews: Want to get verified on Twitter? It could happen in 2021. “Twitter’s verifications initiative ran into problems three years ago when it found itself under heavy criticism for awarding blue ticks to numerous controversial accounts. When 2021 rolls around, the company is planning to start verifying people who fall into various categories — government; companies, brands and organizations; news; entertainment; sports; and activists, organizers, and other influential individuals.”

New York Times: How Twitter and Facebook plan to handle Trump’s accounts when he leaves office.

New York Times: How Twitter and Facebook plan to handle Trump’s accounts when he leaves office.. “Many world leaders generally have wider latitude on Twitter and Facebook because their comments and posts are regarded as political speech that is in the realm of public interest. But what will happen to President Trump’s accounts on the social media platforms when he leaves office?”