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Meta Is Selling Blue Ticks
Meta is testing a paid verification service called "Meta Verified" for Instagram and Facebook, starting in Australia and New Zealand. Users will need to submit a government ID to get a blue badge. Twitter's similar feature, Twitter Blue, has faced controversy for removing SMS 2FA for non-paying users. Today is also the day that the AI-generated Seinfeld spoof "Nothing" is set to return to Twitch after being taken down for a transphobic remark. The creators are implementing more safeguards against inappropriate content.
Secure Your Twitter Account Without Paying For Blue Ticks
Twitter is putting its text message-based two-factor authentication (2FA) feature behind a paywall, prompting users to switch to other methods to secure their accounts. SMS 2FA leaves users vulnerable to SIM-swapping attacks, making it less secure than other methods, such as authenticator apps and security keys. Authenticator apps generate one-time passwords that change after a short period, while security keys verify the service as valid to help prevent phishing. Twitter plans to disable 2FA for non-paying users on March 19th, and users are encouraged to switch to one of the other available 2FA methods before that date.
Longer Videos On TikTok?
TikTok has launched a new fund called the Creativity Program to boost creators' revenue. The program is in beta testing and available on an invite-only basis, but will expand to all eligible users in the future. To qualify for the program, users will need to make high-quality, original videos that are longer than one minute. The move towards longer videos and live streaming is part of the company's strategy to keep creators engaged and address complaints that they are not earning enough money from the original creator fund. TikTok has not disclosed how much money will go into the new program or how much creators can expect to earn.