New Twitter Blue Sign-ups Temporally Suspended

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Just days after the re-launched of Twitter Blue (and all the new ‘fake’ accounts that followed), Twitter has temporally blocked new users from being able to subscribe to Twitter Blue.

Twitter has altered the rules for its $8 Blue subscription service to prevent new accounts from getting a blue checkmark. Yesterday evening, the company edited the service’s help page to add that accounts created on or after November 9th, 2022 “will be unable to subscribe to Twitter Blue at this time.” The website also added that Twitter Blue is only available on iOS for users in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, with plans to expand in the future.

While Twitter didn’t explain why it’s putting the restriction on new accounts, the move came after an influx of impersonators got verified by paying for the service. “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit,” the website’s new owner, Elon Musk, tweeted earlier this month before details about the revamped subscription service were revealed. Yesterday marked the launch of the new Twitter Blue, and it allowed people to get the formerly elusive blue checkmark by paying for its perks that include instant verification.

No word yet on how long this is going to last or what new restrictions they may put in place (such as having an active Twitter account fox X amount of days before you can upgrade to Twitter Blue). The latter I could see happening to prevent fraud accounts from being setup based on current events (such as the US mid-term election).

via engadget