Opinions on Twitter’s algorithmic “For You” feed are blended. Since Elon Musk’s takeover of the corporate, “For You” has surfaced some questionable accounts and given Musk’s personal tweets (and emoji-laden replies) precedence on the feeds of those that comply with him. Now, it is set to solely suggest those that subscribe to Twitter Blue.
Beginning April 15, solely those that pay $8 per thirty days for Twitter Blue can have their tweets really helpful to others through For You, as a result of it is “the one life like technique to deal with superior AI bot swarms taking up,” Musk tweeted. “It’s in any other case a hopeless dropping battle.”
Musk later clarified that professional, automated bot accounts with Blue accounts will probably be permitted “in the event that they comply with phrases of service & don’t impersonate a human.” A couple of hours after that, he added: “Forgot to say that accounts you comply with instantly may also be in For You, since you could have explicitly requested for them.” Although presumably, you’d simply hit up your “Following” tab for them.
Musk says “voting in polls will [also] require verification” going forward because of the bot problem. That edict comes about 3 months after he asked via Twitter poll if he should step down as CEO and promised to abide by the outcomes. Reader, he didn’t.
Musk’s use of the time period “verification” right here, nonetheless, is ruffling some feathers as a result of come April 1, legacy verified accounts will lose their blue checkmarks except they subscribe to Blue.
Twitter overhauled For You in January, when it initially defaulted everyone to the algo feed every time they re-opened the app. Following complaints, Twitter updated the app to open the place customers final left off. Now, the upcoming change has some people asking for the choice to take away “For You” from their account altogether.
Don’t count on it. “My prediction is that this will be the only platform you can trust,” Musk tweeted about the For You feed last night.
Musk has a history of tweeting about things that don’t actually come to fruition. Exhibit A is that he’s still CEO of Twitter, but we’re also waiting for details on how creators can make money on viral tweets. He additionally promised to open source the Twitter algorithm in February, which did not occur.