- Kazinsky posted a Twitter thread on Wednesday pushing back against Musk’s proposed changes to verification.
- The actor shared his personal experiences and argued that verification is a “public service”.
- Elon Musk plans to start charging users $8 per month for verification.
Elon Musk took over Twitter last week and quickly implemented major changes to the company, but not without shouting from some users on the platform.
One of the most controversial changes is an overhaul of Twitter’s verification process. Currently, around 400,000 Twitter users claim a blue tick, according to Forbes. These are celebrities, influencers or other public figures who currently host the platform’s symbol of authenticity for free.
Musk suggests users start paying $8 a month for these blue checks as part of a revamped version of Twitter Blue, the company’s paid subscription tier that spear in July 2021.
The main reason Musk charges for verification is because it’s the “only way to defeat bots and trolls,” according to a quote from Musk via Bloomberg. Musk, of course, said he’s been concerned about the number of bots plaguing Twitter since he proposed his first takeover in April 2022.
However, not everyone agrees that a boosted version of Twitter Blue is the right way to fight fake accounts or spam.
British actor Robert Kazinsky, known for his role in the BBC series EastEnders and as Don in the movie Captain Marvel, posted a Twitter thread Wednesday, lamenting Musk’s proposed changes and sharing his own personal experiences of the dangers of unverified accounts.
“Years ago, before verified accounts existed, when I was on Eastenders, I was contacted several times by parents of children who had ‘conversed’ with me online “, he tweeted. “Children aged 11 to 15 who had spoken with a false self.”
Kazinsky said he “felt powerless” to stop people from using his name and face to scam people. For him, verification has become an important tool to fend off online scammers.
He added“Verification is a public service, it’s a good deed done by companies that do very little good for the world in my opinion. We should be facilitating clearer pathways to verification for everyone, not making it more difficult It’s their responsibility, not a business model.”