After Twitter officially announced the removal of blue verification flags from the accounts of users who got them for free, the site has already implemented a threat to strip the blue verification flag from any account whose owner doesn’t pay for verification. , but it should be noted that 3 accounts were maintained that did not participate in the “Twitter. Blue” verification service with the blue badge.
After the implementation of the decision, the form of the social site has changed rapidly, with the withdrawal of the blue marks that were granted years ago once the user’s identity was verified, under certain conditions, including the reputation of the owner of the account.
And the blue check has disappeared from the accounts of personalities such as Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bill Gates or Lady Gaga, as well as from the accounts of many journalists and activists, including Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter.
My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I did not.
My Twitter account says I gave a phone number. I did not.
—Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 20, 2023
The blue authentication mark was also withdrawn from the accounts of many political life officials, but some of them got the gray authentication mark for government accounts or some organizations. This is the case of Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
The blue check now refers to users who pay $8 a month to get this badge and other benefits (higher account visibility, tech perks, less ads), like Donald Trump Jr. or the Dalai Lama.
The verification tag or “blue check mark” on Twitter helps authenticate the identity of its holders and distinguishes them from scammers. Twitter has verified around 300,000 users with the blue verification system, many of them journalists, athletes and public figures.
Marquis Brownlee, a content creator with six million followers, tweeted: “I know I’m going to get criticized for keeping the blue check mark, but that’s okay, I need to edit the tweets.”
Please namaste 🙏
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023
Others have expressed their surprise at this step, such as famed writer Stephen King, who has seven million followers.
“My Twitter account says I signed up for Twitter Blue. This is wrong. My Twitter account says I gave my phone number (for verification). This is wrong,” he wrote on the platform Thursday. Elon Musk responded by tweeting: “No thanks for the duty.”
In another tweet, the Twitter boss noted that he “pays for some of the subscriptions himself.”
It turns out that three celebrities have not missed the “blue check” on Twitter, despite their refusal to pay for the verification service. It turned out to be about Canadian actor William Shatner, basketball star LeBron James and American writer Stephen King.
Musk responded to a tweet claiming he personally pays for subscriptions to some Twitter accounts to keep them documented with blue checks, saying he only pays for three accounts, belonging to comedian William Shatner, basketball player LeBron James and writer Stephen King .
Twitter has removed labels that describe global media organizations as government- or state-funded, a move that comes after the Elon Musk-owned platform began removing blue verification marks from accounts that don’t pay monthly fees.
Among those organizations that are no longer classified is National Public Radio in the United States, which announced last week that it would stop using Twitter after designating its main account as a “state media,” a term also used to designate the media controlled by Russia and China. .
The billionaire had to delay the launch of Twitter Blue several times, causing confusion and chaos on the net. And in November, Musk said he wanted to “empower the people” and overthrow “the current system of landlords and villagers, blue-checked and blue-checked.”
“Messages from verified accounts will be published by default,” he said, while tweets from people who haven’t paid for verification will be treated as spam in inboxes, a file that “can still be viewed.”
The subscription, according to Mask, would also help to counter fake or automated accounts, and to diversify revenues, while many brands have moved away from the platform.