The verification under Twitter Blue is now in full effect, as anyone who pays the $8 a month will have a blue checkmark next to their username.
However, NBC News’ Ben Collins sees this rollout as a ‘nightmare’ for Elon Musk and the social media platform, citing a now-suspended account posing as Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and announcing a trade.
“This is not LeBron,” Collins said on Twitter Tuesday. “It’s a random person who paid $8. He did not demand a trade. Would you know that by just looking at it?
“They’re banking on the fact that their moderation team will catch up to every single account impersonating someone — even if that person is impersonating a no-name government official. This is going to be a nightmare that’ll be very funny before it’s scary.”
Additionally, the new feature will at least differentiate the blue checkmarks on who is given their mark due to being a celebrity, journalist, etc. and who received the verification after subscribing to Twitter Blue.
NBC News Promotes Brian Cheung to Business and Data Correspondent
“Brian has been ubiquitous across all platforms.”
NBC News has a new business and data correspondent as it promoted Brian Cheung to the position on Wednesday.
In November 2022, Cheung became an NBC News Business and Technology Unit reporter. He actively covers business and economics across all NBC platforms and writes for digital and MSNBC.
“Brian has been ubiquitous across all platforms, breaking down all kinds of data – from the latest inflation numbers to the jobs report to retail sales — and translating what it all means for our audience and the overall health of the economy,” NBC News SVP of editorial Catherine Kim said in the announcement.
“In 2024, we look forward to more of his crucial reporting on whether the economy is working for most Americans, as Wall Street, inflation, and family budgets will surely be front and center for voters as we enter a presidential election year.”
Before joining NBC News, Cheung worked as a writer and on-air reporter at Yahoo Finance, covering the Federal Reserve, economics, and banking.
Greta Van Susteren: I’m Often Confused By Post-Debate Shows
“I wonder if we watched the same interview (debate or town hall).”
Over the last few days, there’s been post-coverage of debates and town halls, and Newsmax host Greta Van Susteren was puzzled by much of it.
Recently, there was a debate between Governors Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newson; Donald Trump hosted a town hall and then the fourth Republican primary debate.
As a result, several news media outlets have their own post-debate or post-town hall coverage to analyze what occurred and who came out as the winner. Nonetheless, Greta Van Susteren wrote on X, formerly Twitter, about the coverage she sees and how it often confuses her.
“Sometimes after I watch an interview or a debate, or a town hall, and I hear political analysts/reporters talk about it and about what [we] just heard [and] I wonder if we watched the same interview (debate or town hall),” Van Susteren wrote.
Newsmax could’ve been part of the debate or town hall coverage occurring in recent months. However, the network reportedly clashed with the Republican National Committee over co-sponsoring a GOP presidential primary debate.
According to the report, Newsmax executives hesitated to be a junior partner with a mainstream media outlet. Furthermore, they thought the money needed to be spent to satisfy the RNC was extreme.
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott Named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women
“Scott has oversight of Fox’s many linear and digital platforms.”
Forbes has included FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott in its annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, joining the likes of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Oprah Winfrey.
Scott ranked 64th on the list, ahead of Rihanna, Barbie, and several business leaders and politicians. Additionally, she was the only prominent American news organization runner on the list.
“Scott has oversight of Fox’s many linear and digital platforms, including its News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Books, and the recently launched Fox Weather,” Forbes wrote.
“Across these platforms, Fox reaches more than 200 million people every month; it is the number one cable news network in the U.S.”
Suzanne Scott first joined Fox News in 1996 as a programming assistant to Chet Collier, and she would climb up the ladder to eventually become the first female CEO of Fox News in 2018.
Before being promoted to CEO, Scott was the president of programming for both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, overseeing all network programming and talent management.