Twitter is testing new labels that confirm a phone number-linked account and display a tweet’s popularity.
According to The Verge, frontend engineer Jane Manchun Wong noticed the new labels. First, a shield icon and “Verified phone number” are added to a Twitter profile. However, Verifying a phone number is already part of “blue check” but this appears to expand the possibility.
Secondly, new label adds an eye icon and view count to each tweet. This shows other users how many people read the tweet, on the other hand, relying on Like and retweet numbers.
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Twitter allows all accounts to add a phone number for security, and one number can be linked to up to 10 accounts. Therefore, With the latest zero-day exploit allowing Twitter user data access, many users may be hesitant to share their number.
The tweet view count label is a “nice to have” but I expect these new labels will be limited to Twitteer Blue subscribers if they pass testing. Twitter Blue’s monthly pricing increased to $4.99, thus it requires new features.
If a person verifies their phone number, in addition, a new tag appears in their profile.
A label would display on confirmed phone number profiles.
For now, it’s a shield-shaped tag stating “verified phone number”
Those who don’t want this tag on their cell numbers can opt out.
Verify blue checkbox
The site invites users to verify phone numbers and email ids to increase account legitimacy.
Moreover, Such profiles are labelled separately.
Verify your phone number and email address to get the blue tick.
If an account is verified, there’s no doubt it’s real and not phoney or a bot.
During elections, when misinformation is abundant on social media, then, this could be especially helpful.
The phone number tag could help Twitter determine an account’s credibility.
Existing capabilities include labelling automated accounts so users know if a post was automated or human-made. Therefore,
Twitter enables 10 accounts per phone number.
Testing a tweet view counter.
A little eye icon next to the heart symbol for likes will show users how many times their Tweet has been viewed.
It’s unclear if this would be private or public.
Twitter reportedly developing an Edit tool.
The site will notify users if an embedded tweet has been modified or if a new version exists.