While the new Twitter Blue is looking to roll-out as planed on Monday, November 7th, Verification Badges will not. At least not until after this coming Tuesday’s US Mid-term elections. The delay could possibly be longer if there ends up being a need for any special run-offs.
The reported move to delay the rollout of verification badges comes just days before the U.S. midterm elections, with polls closing on November 8. The New York Times reports that the move was aimed at limiting the potential fallout of verified users impersonating political or other government figures, such as President Biden, or news outlets claiming false results that may discourage others from voting.
The revamped Twitter Blue, which will cost $7.99 a month in the U.S., includes a range of new features including the coveted blue check mark to anyone who subscribes as well as cuts down the number of ads served to them on the platform.