Separating subscribers from regular users, Elon Musk’s premium features for Twitter, also known as X, include hiding visibility of ‘likes’ on posts and verifying real IDs.

Twitter’s ‘blue tick’ is the typical icon for subscriber accounts on the platform, which has been undergoing a highly-publicised redesign during Musk’s time as CEO.

The CEO will differentiate services further for paid and non-paid users with these new features. Users can obtain ‘blue tick’ status on a $8-per-month subscription, exclusively for X Premium subscribers.

The number of ‘likes’ accumulated on all posts will usually show on the user’s feed, unless the option to “hide likes” has been activated in the Premium tab. Once this option is activated, posts that users have liked will not duplicate on other people’s feeds, which is usually an oversight of users because of Twitter’s algorithm.

The secondary new Twitter feature complies with enabling real ID verification, that adheres to ID standards, for X Premium subscribers.

Real ID standards, that will be enforced for traditional ID types across the U.S., widely refers to government or state-issued IDs having to comply with official standards for secure ID documents.

To verify a ‘blue tick’, users will need to upload a copy of an official form of real government ID, as well as a selfie to identify themselves.

Users can see if a profile is government ID verified by clicking on the blue tick, a measure Twitter says will increase users’ trust. However real ID verification is not available in the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the United Kingdom.

After the reaction to removing blue ticks caused X to reinstate them, the social platform last month also updated its policies to allow the collection of users’ biometric data and education history.

AU10TIX, a leading identity verification provider, verifies the government IDs and claims to delete images within 72 hours after the results have been processed.


Entertainment and media platforms, like Netflix, LinkedIn and OnlyFans, will be joining the ranks of an incredible line-up at Identity Week America 2023 (3-4 October). Don’t miss out on hearing about real ID requirements to verify staff and users/subscribers on these platforms.

Speakers include:

  • Sarah Handler, Senior Product Manager, Netflix
  • Julie Madhusoodanan, Director of Engineering and Product of the Corporate Identity team, LinkedIn
  • Matt Reeder, COO, OnlyFans