Monday 15th April 2024

From Cricketer And Celebrities To Politicians, Many Lost Twitter Blue Tick

Twitter, the microblogging site, removed the historically verified blue ticks from all accounts on Thursday.

The verified blue checkmarks are only available to individual Twitter users who pay the $8 monthly fee for Twitter Blue through the web and the $11 monthly fee for Twitter Blue via in-app payment on Android and iOS.

A number of Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Alia Bhatt, and politicians, including Rahul Gandhi, CM Yogi Adityanath, Priyanka Gandhi, and sports personalities such as PV Sindhu, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, and many others have lost their verified blue tick mark from their Twitter accounts due to the latest changes.

As per the previous announcement, Twitter will no longer show the verified checkmark next to any accounts that were recognised as VIPs before Elon Musk acquired the company unless those accounts subscribed under Twitter Verified Organisations subscription, according to a report of Variety.

The main cause for using the blue tick was to safeguard famous people from imitation and combat misleading information.

Twitter said earlier in March that they would remove legacy verified checkmarks on April 1. People can sign up for Twitter Blue to keep their blue mark on Twitter.

The blue tick mark concept was launched on Twitter in 2009 to help users determine whether celebrities, politicians, firms and brands, news organisations, and other accounts “of public interest” were authentic, not imitators or parody accounts. Before this time, the company never ask a verification charge.

Within two weeks of the company’s acquisition last year, Musk introduced Twitter Blue, which included the checkmark badge as one of the premium facilities.

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Elon Musk Allowed Vote In Twitter Polls Only To Verified Accounts From April 15

Elon Musk has declared that from the beginning of April 15, only verified Twitter accounts will be able to vote in polls or appear on the platform’s “For You” recommendations page. He referred to it as the “only realistic” solution to the problem of AI bots overrunning the platform.

 Musk, who became the new CEO of Twitter after buying the company in October, last week declared that users with “legacy” verified accounts would no longer receive blue ticks from April. As a result, only users who pay $8 per month for Twitter Blue will be able to access blue tick verified accounts. His most recent declaration gives these verified accounts additional power.

Musk tweeted on Twitter, “Starting April 15, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations. This is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle. Voting in polls will require verification for the same reason.”

The announcement was received with heavy criticism, which Musk dismissed. One Twitter user claimed that the company needed to spend money on AI technology to identify bots on the platform. He also opined that restricting voting to verified accounts would damage the platform’s reputation.

Elon Musk replied, “My prediction is that this will be the only platform you can trust.”

The Twitter user responded, appealing to Musk to change his mind, “I admire your work, but essentially shadow banning those who don’t wish to pay for Twitter Blue could really hurt the platform in the long run.”

Others commented that the move would effectively make their “For You” recommendations meaningless. One commenter wrote, “The for you is not actually for me.” Another commented, “Just delete the whole website, man; you clearly had zero understanding of why it was valuable in the first place.”

Musk announced last year that voting on policy-related polls will be limited to paid Twitter Blue subscribers.

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Satish Kaushik Passed Away After The Holi Celebration

Notable actor, writer, and director Satish Kaushik passed away on Wednesday at 67 in Gurugram. His best friend, Anupam Kher, took to Twitter and condoled him. Kher tweeted by sharing a black and white photo, “I know death is the ultimate truth of this world. But never thought to be writing up this news about my best friend  #SatishKaushik while alive. Such a sudden full stop on 45 years of friendship!! Life will NEVER be the same without you, SATISH! Om Shanti!”

Satish Kaushik died of a cardiac arrest in the NCR. His dead body is at Fortis Hospital, Gurugram. While Kaushik was on the way to meet someone in Gurugram, his health suddenly deteriorated, and he suffered a cardiac arrest in the car. According to the post mortem report, he was died due to cardiac arrest.

Yesterday after the Holi celebration, Satish took to Twitter and shared pictures with Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Mahima Chaudhri, and many others. He captioned the post, “Colourful Happy Fun #Holi party.”

The news of his demise left Bollywood in shock. Famous celebrities Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar get shocked by this sudden lousy news and reacted through Twitter.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Pained by the untimely demise of Shri Satish Kaushik Ji.”

Satish Kaushik was born on April 13, 1956. He was an Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was an alumnus of the National School of Drama (NSD) and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He began his career in theatre.

Later he worked on films such as Mr. India, Saajan Chale Sasural, Deewana Mastana, Brick Lane, Gharwali Baharwali, and many others. In addition, he has directed films such as Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Tere Naam,  Prem, and others.

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The actor’s family, in a note, shared that Satish Kaushik’s last rites will take place at 5 pm today, March 9, in Mumbai.

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WhatsApp To Launch New Feature Soon To Edit Message

After Twitter and Telegram already have enabled the edit feature for sent messages, WhatsApp is now preparing to launch a similar feature for its iOS and Android users. The famous chatting app company is continuously working on a new feature that will facilitate users to edit their messages after they are sent.

This feature is currently under development for beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and desktop. According to WaBetaInfo’s latest report, the iOS version also gets the same treatment.

The report said that the new feature allows users only 15 minutes to edit their messages after they are sent. Edited messages will be marked with an “Edited” label within the chat bubble. Initially, the feature will be available only for text messages, but an improved version is expected to support editing options for documents, images, and videos.

The feature is highly expected by WhatsApp users, who have been requesting the ability to edit messages for a long time. Currently, the only way to correct an error in a sent message is to choose the “Delete for Everyone” option. Actually, there is no message editing option now. With the launching of the new editing feature, users can quickly and easily fix typos and errors in their messages.

Along with making the app more functional for users, the new edit feature is also expected to make WhatsApp more competitive with other messaging apps that already have this feature, such as Telegram and iMessage.

The release date of this feature for the public is unknown. However, it is under testing.

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Twitter: How To Enable Two Factor Authentication Without Paid Subscription

After taking ownership of Twitter, Elon Musk charges its users for various features. At first, he introduced paid subscription for the blue tick, which means users need to pay for a verified blue badge, post long videos, and other. Now, he restricted the use of text message (SMS) based Two Factor Authentication feature from March 20 only to the users who have purchased the monthly subscription. Unfortunately, it means users who protect their accounts using the text message feature will lose the security until they take the paid subscription service.

Twitter discloses the reason for this step is, unfortunately, the Two Factor Authentication requires a phone number for verification and be used and “abused by bad actors,” so the text message (SMS) method for Two Factor Authentication will be only available up to Twitter Blue subscribers. But the company says, “disabling text message Two Factor Authentication does not automatically disconnect your phone number from your Twitter account.”

It is considered that the reason for Twitter’s move for limitation is only after a microblogging platform mentioned in a blog post that text message (SMS) based Two Factor Authentication can be “abused by bad actors.”

However, you do not need to worry; one can still enable and use the Two Factor Authentication feature for free.

Two Factor Authentication is an important feature that provides the social media account additional security by allowing for a second verification process along with the passwords. The verification code is sent through SMS to log in. Even if the password is hacked or stolen, this helps to keep the account secure because the code number is essential to access the account on any device.

While text message (SMS) verification is no longer available, you can still perform the verification using a reliable third-party authentication app from the play store, such as the Google Authenticator app, Microsoft Authenticator app, or Authy app.

To enable two-factor authentication on Twitter, follow the below mentioned steps:

Step-1: Open Twitter and go to “settings” (For android users, click on “profile picture” and go to “settings and privacy option”).

Step-2: Click on “Security and Account access.”

Step-3: Then click on Security and Two-factor authentication.

Step-4: Enable the Authentication app option and click on Get started. You will now find a QR code on your screen.

Step-5: Now open the third-party authentication app that you have downloaded and scan the QR code you get on the Twitter app.

Step-6: Now enter the code you get in the authentication app.

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