Twitter is divided over Michael Saylor’s suggestion to use orange tick marks for filtering out bots and scammers
MicroStrategyCEO Michael Saylorhas proposed using the Bitcoin Lightning Networkto clean up Twitter.
- A safety deposit of $20 on the network will give users an orange tick mark next to their name to differentiate real accounts from scammers.
- Twitter users are divided over the efficacy of using such methods to deliver the underlying goal.
@jordanbpeterson @elonmusk Twitter can solve the problem of scammers & spambots if they allow real humans to post ~… https://t.co/uggxqqwLKI— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) 1648428510000
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Genuine accounts will get an orange tick mark next to their name, whereas bad actors will be forced to forfeit their security deposit — a possible revenue stream for Twitter.
While the idea is different from other suggestions made in the past, Twitter users are divided over whether something like this would have the desired impact.
Orange tick marks will add a barrier to entry
In theory, having a mechanism where bots can be separated from real humans, is not only something that’s desired but required.
However, one of the biggest appeals of a platform like Twitter is that it's free to use. You could be a retiree, a housewife, a student, or anyone without a fixed income and still access a network where one can speak their mind, free of charge.
Adding a $20 price tag to this feature could leave many, like the examples mentioned, and those in developing countries out of the loop — a point that many Twitter users pointed out.
@saylor @jordanbpeterson @elonmusk @Twitter $20 would exclude more than half the world population.— Satospear~COVID 69 (@Satospear) 1648428832000
Meanwhile, others argued that if a person can afford a mobile phone or a computer to access Twitter, they can probably afford $20. While that may be true, many users in developing countries access their accounts using computer cafes
Orange tick marks could be a way for scammers to fly under the radar
Monetary motives are only one part of the story when it comes to being a cyber-criminal. According to users on Twitter, it’s very likely that these bad actors will have the resources to attempt verification from different accounts.
Once verified, that orange tick mark would add credibility for a scam to be even more effective than it would’ve been otherwise.
Another possibility is a flourishing career for malicious false flaggers. False flagging is when bad actors flag legitimate posts to hurt their victims — financially or otherwise.
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