The Evolution of X Premium
X’s subscription service, X Premium, allows users to submit a selfie and photo ID for verification. This marks a notable departure from its earlier avatar, Twitter. X aims to enhance user security and tailor their experience by allowing users to provide these personal details voluntarily.
Beyond Biometric Data
Exploring New Horizons
Speculation abounds that X might be venturing into recruitment services. Recent reports suggest that X Corp’s acquisition of Laskie, a tech recruiting service, was a strategic move in this direction. This development, the first significant move after Elon Musk acquired Twitter for a staggering $44 billion, indicates the platform’s ambitions to diversify its offerings.
The Analyst Perspective
Liberty Vittert, a data science professor at Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that X’s move aligns with its goal of providing more targeted and individualized user experiences akin to platforms like LinkedIn. However, she advises users to be cautious because employers who scrutinize tweets, retweets, or accounts followed when hiring decisions could potentially misuse this data.
A Question of Ethics
On the other hand, Dr. Stephanie Hare, a tech ethics researcher, views this data collection as a substantial but consensual effort. She believes that since users have the option to participate voluntarily, it does not pose a threat to civil liberties. It’s important to note that providing biometric data is a choice for X Premium users.
The Purpose of Biometric Data
X emphasizes that collecting biometric data, including facial scans and fingerprints, is specifically intended for X Premium users. The company clarifies that this data will be used for verification when users provide their government-issued ID and a selfie. This two-factor authentication process is designed to enhance security and combat impersonation on the platform.
A Vision for the Future
Elon Musk, the driving force behind X, has reiterated the platform’s plan to introduce video and audio calls. This feature is expected to be available on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, with no requirement for a phone number.
Musk envisions X as the ultimate global address book, aiming to offer an all-in-one solution for various online services. While no specific date has been provided for the rollout of the new calling feature, it underscores X’s commitment to evolving into an “everything app.”
A Comparative Note
However, it’s important to highlight that in a Senate hearing last year, TikTok’s then-COO clarified that the company did not employ facial, voice, audio, or body recognition for individual identification.
Users can expect further updates to its privacy policies and features as X transforms into a multifaceted platform. Stay tuned for more developments in the ever-evolving world of X.