Elon Musk said on Saturday that Twitter Blue, which allows users to pay for a subscription that gives them a verified blue check mark, will “probably” return next week after it was taken down amid chaos from accounts impersonating public figures.
Musk, who serves as CEO, said in a response to another user on Twitter that the service would return by the end of next week. The subscription has been part of a slew of changes Musk is making to the social media platform after his purchase of the company went through last month. He soon after announced plans to charge users $7.99 per month for Twitter verification, but the paid check mark did not require users to verify their identities.
Accounts impersonating figures from LeBron James to former President George W. Bush quickly sprung up after the feature launched on Thursday. Twitter reportedly sent a note to its employees on Thursday night to announce that sign-ups would be temporarily paused to allow the company to address “impersonation issues.”