Twitter Goes Live With NFT Profile Picture VerificationJanuary 20, 2022 6:27 pm
There have always been skeptics about NFTs for pictures because it can be hard to verify true ownership of an NFT if someone else can just copy your picture and use it.
Although ownership of images is just one use case of NFTs, this was one reason that has repeatedly prevented many people from embracing this new industry.
Recently, Twitter launched a new feature on the platform that will enable the verification of pictures on Twitter.
Twitter’s NFTs utilizes the Ethereum blockchain and you will be able to see within Twitter what NFTs you own.
Once you select an NFT to be your profile picture, you will have a hexagon shaped picture which indicates that you own the NFT for the picture on the platform.
Others can still copy the image for their profile picture but it will be presented as a regular circle on the profile which indicates that there is no ownership of the picture or NFT.
Ready to show off your NFT? Follow these simple steps to connect your crypto wallet and let’s see your NFT PFPs! pic.twitter.com/epSL7VXG5o
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) January 20, 2022
With that being said, this method is not fool proof as there are still ways to copy someone’s NFT picture.
Of course, a truly committed right-clicker might simply re-upload that same image to an NFT platform, mint a visually identical NFT and use that as their profile picture instead, complete with a hexagonal frame signifying ownership on the blockchain.
No word yet on whether Twitter will offer protections against that sort of thievery, which has grown rampant as the market for NFTs has exploded over the past year.
— Extra (@but_vote) January 20, 2022
So far the rollout is still in progress as the feature is currently supported on the iOS version of the Twitter app, but not on the Android or desktop versions yet.
PCgamer.com shares Twitter’s statement on the release:
“Setting up an NFT profile picture means people can associate your Twitter account with your connected wallet’s public crypto wallet address.
This means your Twitter account will be associated with your current and historical crypto wallet transactions and holdings, including all other NFTs in that wallet, because this information is all available on the public blockchain.”
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