Elon Musk’s X reportedly working on demanding govt ID verification from users

X is reportedly set to get another controversial feature that will not please users. This will be in the form of a government ID that will be required for verification purposes.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2023, 15:15 IST
Elon Musk says blocking feature on X ‘makes no sense’ to him
1/7 Elon Musk, the CEO of X (formerly known as Twitter), has tweeted that he wants to eliminate the platform's 'block' feature. Musk made this decision in response to a query from a user, where he sought user opinions on the preference between muting and blocking. (Bloomberg)
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2/7 In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), Musk clarified that the blocking feature will be discontinued, except for direct messages, while muting will remain an available option. (Bloomberg)
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3/7 On Friday, Musk shared a message, stating, "The 'block' feature is being completely removed, except for its use in direct messages. It simply doesn't make sense," commented the billionaire. (REUTERS)
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4/7 Muting vs. blocking: According to a report by Bloomberg, muting an account will still allow users to avoid seeing posts from that account. However, muted accounts will retain the ability to respond to the user's posts, share them with their own followers, add commentary, and send direct messages. (AFP)
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5/7 User concerns: Blocking, which has long served as a fundamental security measure on X, has raised concerns among users about potential increases in online harassment following its removal. (Pexels)
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6/7 One user reacted to Musk's tweet and replied, "Don’t go there. No one is entitled to other people’s posts. People should be able to block whoever they want". (Pexels)
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7/7 A series of transformations: Some of the significant alterations implemented under Musk's leadership include substantial workforce reductions, replacing the traditional verification program with the $8 per month Twitter Blue subscription, rebranding the company from Twitter to X, and introducing new features such as live streaming. (AP)
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X will introduce govt ID verification to receive a check mark, as per the reports. (REUTERS)

X (formerly known as Twitter) has been going through a multitude of changes lately, with billionaire owner Elon Musk imposing some draconian measures on the platform. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO on Friday revealed that the blocking feature will be deleted on the platform, reiterating his previous belief that “Blocking public posts makes no sense. It needs to be deprecated in favor of a stronger form of mute”. Now, the microblogging platform is reportedly set to get another controversial feature in the form of a government ID that will be required for verification. It will please the users even less.

Govt ID verification on X

According to reports, the Musk-owned platform is reportedly testing a feature that will require users to upload a government-issued ID and a live selfie in order to get verified. The first mention of this feature came in March as Twitter was reported to be working on bringing government ID verification. The reported feature is currently only in the testing phase and was outed by independent app researcher and blogger Nima Owji.

In an X post, Owji revealed, “#X keeps working on the ID verification. You should upload a photo of your ID and take a live selfie”, while also posting a screenshot of what looks like in-app guidelines for the verification process. As per the details, the feature will be rolled out in collaboration with identity verification company Au10tix. Users will have to consent to X storing their ID images and biometric data for a period of up to 30 days. It will reportedly require a working and uncovered camera and users will be required to take a photo of their government-issued ID as well as a live selfie.

According to a Mashable report, this feature is being brought out to verify a person's authenticity and tackle the issues of AI bots and impersonation on the platform. At present, the verification process involves the purchase of an X Premium subscription (previously Twitter Blue), but it does not require authentication of any kind. If this feature goes live, users will have to go through the govt ID verification process in order to get verified and receive their check mark.

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First Published Date: 22 Aug, 15:13 IST