When verifying users, would Elon Musk’s X demand a government ID and a selfie?

Srishti Dey
Srishti Dey August 22, 2023
Updated 2023/08/29 at 3:42 PM

Elon Musk's X reportedly working on demanding govt ID verification from  users | Tech News

With its billionaire owner Elon Musk enforcing some harsh regulations on the network, X (formerly known as Twitter), has recently undergone a number of modifications. According to the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who previously stated that “Blocking public posts makes no sense,” the blocking option will be removed from the site. In favor of a more powerful version of silent, it must be deprecated. A government ID that will be necessary for verification is apparently about to become the microblogging platform’s newest contentious addition. Even fewer users will be pleased with it.


Report states that X, previously known as Twitter, will be implementing government  identification and live selfies for user verification. - First Bharatiya

X government ID verification

A feature that would demand users upload a government-issued ID and a live selfie in order to get verified is apparently being tested on the Musk-owned network, according to sources. This function was initially mentioned in March, when it was said that Twitter was attempting to include government ID verification. Currently just under testing, the alleged functionality was revealed by independent app researcher and blogger Nima Owji.

Owji said in an X post that “#X maintains working on the ID verification. You should submit a picture of your ID and snap a live selfie, and you should also provide a screenshot of what appears to be in-app verification instructions. According to the information, the function will be launched in association with the identity verification firm Au10tix. Users must agree to X retaining their biometric information and ID photographs for up to 30 days. Users will apparently need to snap a live selfie as well as a photo of their government-issued ID, which will reportedly need a functional and exposed camera.

This functionality is being introduced, according to a Mashable story, to check a person’s legitimacy and address the problems with AI bots and impersonation on the network. Currently, there is no authentication necessary for the verification procedure, which only needs the purchase of an X Premium membership (formerly known as Twitter Blue). Users will have to go through the government ID verification process if this functionality is made available in order to be validated and earn their check mark.

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