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(Reuters) – Twitter is delaying the rollout of verification check marks to subscribers of its new $8 a month service until after Tuesday’s midterm elections, the New York Times reported on Sunday.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday will decide whether Republicans or President Joe Biden’s Democrats will control Congress.
Changes to Twitter’s verification process came a week after Elon Musk took over the social media company in a $44 billion deal. On Saturday, Twitter updated its app in Apple (NASDAQ:)’s App Store to begin charging $8 for blue check verification marks.
Twitter recently laid off 50% of its employees, including employees on the trust and safety team, the company’s head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth said in a tweet earlier this week.
Reuters reported on Thursday that Musk has directed Twitter’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings.