X accepted money from terrorists, according to campaigners

The campaigners claim that X accepted cash from terrorists.

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Campaigners say Elon Musk’s X, previously Twitter, gave subscription privileges to terrorist groups and others banned from the US.

Tech Transparency Project (TTP) revealed X sent blue check marks to Hezbollah and other accounts.

Ticks allow lengthier articles and greater advertising for $8 (£6.40) a month.

X deleted ticks following the revelation, calling its security “robust”.

After buying Twitter in 2022, Mr. Musk’s move to charge for markup was one of his most controversial adjustments, with opponents suggesting it would worsen misinformation and invite impersonators.

Previous badges were free and indicated that the social media network has validated the account.

Many awardees were journalists, international leaders, and celebrities.

Some of those were US sanctions violators, prompting charges that the corporation was giving a platform to the wrong people.

After paying for the system, “X may be raising new legal issues,” the Tech Transparency Project claimed.

It claimed X deleted ticks from identified accounts after its report was released.

The TTP said that the Houthis’ Ansar Allah account had also paid for its blue check mark. The checkmark is gone. More than 23,000 people follow it. The UK and US penalize the Houthis. According to its website, the UK sanctioned the Houthis “to disrupt their capacity to attack foreign vessels in the Red Sea, and to advance Yemen’s peace, stability, and security”.

The BBC did not receive a response from the US Treasury, which lists non-trading partners.

Threats against national security are sanctioned by the U.S. Some of them may be using Elon Musk’s X premium service, the TPP reported.

“X premium customers can use ‘ID verified’ blue checkmark accounts with Hassan Nasrallah’s name and photo to avoid impersonation. X requires a government-issued ID and selfie to authenticate, although Nasrallah may not have done so. “.

The firm’s safety team posted on X that its subscription procedure was “adhering to legal obligations” and independently checked by payment suppliers.

“X premium customers can use ‘ID verified’ blue checkmark accounts with Hassan Nasrallah’s name and photo to avoid impersonation. X requires a government-issued ID and selfie to authenticate, although Nasrallah may not be doing so.

The TPP replied that several of the organizations were owned by US sanctions-listed firms even though they were not identified on the list.

The New York Times said that TPP director Katie Paul said X had “lost control of its platform”.

Tesla’s CEO and X owner, Elon Musk, has stated he wants the social networking site to be like a “town square” that promotes free expression and removes unlawful information.

After Mr. Musk took over X, several choices were contentious, such as restoring Kanye West’s account in 2023 after an almost eight-month ban for antisemitic tweets.

The TPP found several accounts with presumably paid-for subscriptions, including one from Russian state-controlled TV station NTV. The US banned Russian commerce after its invasion of Ukraine.

 

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