High Israel/Hamas misinformation spreaders use Elon Musk’s paid “verification”

Elon Musk's account on X (formerly Twitter) displayed on a smartphone next to a large X logo.

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“Verified” accounts on Elon Musk’s X platform unfold practically three-quarters of the 250 most viral posts containing generally shared misinformation concerning the Israel-Hamas warfare, in keeping with a examine launched yesterday by NewsGuard, an organization that has labored with the European Fee on misinformation initiatives.

After shopping for Twitter practically a 12 months in the past, Musk overhauled the system for doling out blue checkmarks in order that anybody who pays $eight a month may be “verified.” Accounts verified as being notable and genuine below the pre-Musk system had their checkmarks eliminated.

“A NewsGuard evaluation discovered that ‘verified’ accounts on X are superspreaders of misinformation concerning the battle, boosting falsehoods whereas displaying a ‘verification’ blue checkmark that verifies nothing,” the report stated.

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