Curated By: Shaurya Sharma
Last Updated: October 10, 2023, 11:53 IST
San Francisco, California, USA
X (formerly Twitter) under Elon Musk has undergone a transformative change. Not only has the name and branding changed, but the platform has also made other radical changes, including stripping legacy checkmarks and making them available as part of X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue). Now, the platform has undergone yet another change in the form of bringing the ability to not allow unverified accounts to reply to your posts.
Simply put, this will restrict all accounts that are not verified on X from replying to a user’s posts, if they enable this setting. And this also means that a wide user base of accounts that are not verified but genuine with their intent would find it tough to engage with accounts on X that have enabled this setting.
Notably, we checked this change using our non-verified Twitter account (which previously was legacy verified) and could see that it has been enabled. This means you don’t need to be verified to enable restricted replies. The feature gives you four options: Everyone, Verified Accounts, Accounts you follow, and Only accounts you mention.
Elon Musk also posted, trying to verify this feature’s functionality. “Verifying verification,” Musk posted on X.
It remains to be seen what changes non-verified users can expect in the long term if important accounts start restricting them from replying, only allowing verified accounts to reply.
In related news, users on X (formerly known as Twitter), last week reported seeing ads that had no visual indicators suggesting that they were ads. The alleged ads were unlabelled, and users had no way to block or report them, as per a report by Mashable.