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Twitter Strips Verification Checkmarks from Legacy Accounts

Twitter has finally started taking away its iconic blue checkmark from verified users who haven’t subscribed to its paid service, Twitter Blue, after a series of delays. Twitter Blue was launched by Elon Musk in 2022 after he acquired the platform for $44 billion, offering users a range of exclusive features, including the coveted blue tick for $8 per month.

Twitter Removes Verification Checkmarks from Legacy Accounts, Including High-Profile Figures, for Not Subscribing to Twitter Blue Accounts with pre-existing checkmarks, referred to as “legacy accounts,” were given the choice to pay for Twitter Blue after its launch or risk losing their checkmark – a feature intended to prevent impersonation of public figures. Despite several deadline extensions, Twitter started stripping checkmarks from thousands of legacy accounts, including major figures such as Bill Gates, Pope Francis, and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Well-known organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Human Rights Watch also lost their checkmarks after deciding not to subscribe to Twitter Blue. Stay updated on Twitter’s latest verification changes and requirements.

Several notable figures, including author Stephen King, have taken to Twitter to clarify that they retained their verification badges without subscribing to Twitter Blue or providing a phone number. King tweeted, “My Twitter account indicates that I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue and given a phone number, but I haven’t.

Numerous government agencies, non-profits, and public-service accounts have also lost their verification checkmark, causing concern about the public’s ability to differentiate between official channels of information and other accounts during crucial public events or emergencies.

Under the leadership of Elon Musk, Twitter has implemented changes to its verification system. Government accounts now receive grey checkmarks, while verified media outlets are given gold ticks. However, it is unclear how Twitter determines which accounts qualify for these designations.

Previously, the blue checkmark was considered a symbol of credibility, indicating that a user’s identity had been confirmed by the platform. This helped users to distinguish between fake accounts and legitimate ones belonging to politicians, celebrities, journalists, and media organizations.

However, many Twitter users expressed concern over the new system, fearing that it could lead to the spread of misinformation and fake news.

In fact, Twitter was forced to suspend the initial launch of its premium service, Twitter Blue, in November 2022 after a surge of impersonation accounts. The service was eventually relaunched in December, with some changes made to the verification process.

 

By: Mr. WWK

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