As Elon Musk’s new policies took effect on Thursday, the blue checkmarks on previously verified Twitter accounts began to disappear. Musk, who acquired the company for $44 billion in 2022 and has struggled to make it profitable, has threatened for months to eradicate “legacy blue checks.”
Historically, the checkmark indicated verified celebrity, journalist, and media organization accounts. Now, users desiring verification will be required to pay $8 per month for Twitter Blue, a controversial subscription service that allows any account to receive a blue checkmark.
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The introduction of the alterations on Thursday was a turbulent affair. Numerous prominent users took to the platform to declare that they would not pay for blue checkmarks in accordance with the new policy, while others declared they would leave the platform entirely. Human Rights Watch and the NAACP announced via Twitter that they will not subscribe to Twitter Blue.
Such a great day in so many ways
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 21, 2023
SCOTUSblog, a news website that follows the activities of the U.S. supreme court, has announced that it will no longer post exclusively on Twitter. The publication follows in the footsteps of NPR, the U.S. radio network, which left Twitter last week after being designated a “state-affiliated media outlet” in accordance with the platform’s new policies.
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Previously, Twitter stated that government entities could register for a free blue tick through a special program, but some have reported being unable to do so. The Bay Area Rapid Transit system, the San Francisco Bay Area metro system where Twitter’s corporate offices are located, tweeted on Thursday that it had applied for a checkmark but had not yet received a response from the company. According to specialists, agencies such as the National Weather System are presently unfettered, which increases the risk of fraud and jeopardizes the online response to natural disasters.
i think we all know who paid that $8 for the blue tick pic.twitter.com/zQWBPYlMLZ
— shannon⁷ (@ENCHANTIINGTAe) April 21, 2023
First time in Twitter History
Celebrities without Blue tick 😊 pic.twitter.com/NmrmKVrQEd
— Ayyappan (@Ayyappan_1504) April 20, 2023
Virat kohli without Blue tick😭 pic.twitter.com/QU96OEUITw
— Arun Singh (@ArunTuThikHoGya) April 20, 2023
Bollywood celebrities without #BlueTick be like 😭pic.twitter.com/mMkXWhuuMX
— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) April 20, 2023
Whole gang lost their Blue tick
— Hlndu Khurmaa (@HlNDU_Khurma_) April 20, 2023
bts when they realize they gotta pay $8 monthly for a blue tick whrn they could have got ramen instead –pic.twitter.com/S2TrSYxJYu
— fai celebrating d-day 🫂 (@myyouwithjk) April 20, 2023
Scenes right now : pic.twitter.com/Uz43D3vdEj
— xuenain 🚫🚸⚠️ (@meer_xuenain) April 20, 2023
Blue Tick gaya 😮 pic.twitter.com/qS0aOAxN2g
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) April 20, 2023
Life with Blue Life without blue
tick! tick! pic.twitter.com/acHcxx6rHy
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) April 20, 2023
Elon Musk after Removing Blue tick from Celeb’s Account:pic.twitter.com/fLMlYxsJDB
— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) April 20, 2023