Under this policy update, subscribers to X’s premium service, X Premium, will have the option to voluntarily provide a selfie and a photo ID for verification purposes. Additionally, X may collect employment and educational history details from its users, with the declared intention of recommending potential job opportunities and facilitating the job application process.
While this marks a substantial expansion of X’s data collection practices, it also raises questions about the platform’s future plans. Speculation has arisen that X may be positioning itself to enter the recruitment services industry. This hypothesis gains credence from X Corp’s acquisition of Laskie, a tech recruiting service, earlier this year. This move represented X Corp’s first acquisition following Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter (as it was then known) for a staggering $44 billion in the previous year.
It’s important to note that X has clarified that the collection of biometric data will primarily apply to X Premium users. According to the company, users will be given the option to provide their government ID, along with a selfie, to enhance the verification process. Biometric data may be extracted from both the government-issued ID and the selfie image for matching purposes. This multifaceted verification process is envisioned to enhance security on the platform by linking user accounts to real individuals and thereby mitigating impersonation attempts.
Elon Musk, the influential figure behind X, has also reaffirmed the platform’s plans to introduce video and audio call functionalities. Notably, these features are expected to be accessible across various operating systems, including iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. A notable distinction is that phone numbers will not be a requisite for utilizing these features.