After a messy weekend where Twitter did not remove legacy accounts with blue check marks as previously announced, new details have emerged that the Elon Musk-run company has around 4.2 lakh legacy accounts with blue ticks at one go. There is no backend technology to delete accounts.
According to The Washington Post, there are technical challenges to quickly removing so-called blue ticks on a large scale and currently the only way to do it is through a manual approach.
The report noted, “Removing verification badges is a largely manual process driven by a system prone to breakage, which is a large internal database – akin to an Excel spreadsheet – in which verification data is stored ”
“In the past, there was no way to reliably remove badges on a bulk scale – prompting spam-handling staff, for example, to remove check marks one by one. It was all held together with duct tape. Was gone,” said the former employee.
In a since-deleted tweet, Musk said that legacy verified accounts would be given a “few weeks of grace” before seeing their blue check mark.
According to the report, a major change in Twitter’s verification system has put the site at risk of downfall.
The report noted, “The removal of verification badges on such a wide scale has the potential to disrupt systems on Twitter’s website, including its recommendation algorithms, spam filters, and help center requests.”
Musk had previously given an April 1 deadline to remove all legacy accounts with Blue Verification. The company has so far only removed the blue tick for The New York Times.
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