Elon Musk’s X to Restrict Poll Participation to Verified Users
Elon Musk X, the owner of X (formerly known as Twitter), has announced a significant change in response to growing concerns about bot interference in polls on the platform. The move comes after a tweet from writer and entrepreneur Brian Krassenstein, who highlighted the prevalence of bot activity around polls.
Brian’s Suggestion: Brian suggested that X should limit poll participation to users with blue checkmarks (verified accounts) to combat excessive. Musk agreed with this proposal, stating that they were taking action to ensure that in polls. This measure is crucial to prevent the manipulation of poll results, particularly on controversial topics.
Musk also acknowledged the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) historical contributions but expressed concerns about its recent activities. He mentioned that the ADL had been overly zealous in recent years and the “woke mind virus.”
Previous Measures: This isn’t the first time Musk has addressed this issue. A few months ago, he announced that starting on April 15th, only verified accounts. Additionally, “For You” recommendations, which display tweets from Elon Musk’s X accounts, will also limited to verified users. Musk had previously indicated that voting in polls related to policy matters would restricted.
Musk’s Justification: Musk defended these changes as the only practical solution to combat the increasing influence of AI bots. He emphasized that without these measures, the situation would be a “hopeless losing battle.” His ultimate goal is to make X the most trustworthy and reliable platform, where users can place their trust.
Ensuring Authenticity: Musk’s decision reflects his commitment to creating an online environment free from manipulation, where genuine user opinions can expressed without distortion. This initiative aligns with ongoing efforts to maintain the integrity and authenticity of interactions on social media platforms.