Over the past two weeks, Twitter has managed to stay in the spotlight for all sorts of reasons. Despite the battle between Elon Musk and Twitter, developers are working on introducing new features. It turns out that social media may soon be adding a “verified phone number” label to the phone numbers of verified user profiles.
According to Application Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter may soon display a small tag or label that reads “verified phone number”. The tag will be visible under the user’s profile and will only show to those who have a blue checkmark on their profile.
The researcher also revealed that Twitter may soon display the “view count” for each Tweet. But we still don’t know if it will be visible only to the author or to everyone.
Twitter is working on a verified phone number label… on the profile pic.twitter.com/H4gJGaNHQT
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 19, 2022
Interestingly, Twitter allows users to associate up to 10 accounts with a single phone number. Additionally, developers can now tag automate accounts so users know if the post was automated or if there was a human behind it.
It seems that Twitter wants users to verify both their phone numbers and their email ids. But that might not be a good idea after a recent report by BeepComputer revealed that a hacker was allegedly selling the Twitter account data of over 5.4 million users for just $30,000. Fortunately, Twitter has fixed the security flaw and said they would soon notify those affected by the information leak.
Recently, Twitter came under fire after voting rights experts said social media was not doing enough to tackle misinformation in the midterm elections.
Separately, in the Twitter v. Elon Musk case, Judge Kathaleen St. J. McCormick ruled that Twitter would only have to turn over data from a single bot verifier, who happens to be the former head of company’s licensed product.