Twitter’s policy on blue tick verification was updated on Thursday. The structural modification resulted in the removal of blue ticks from a number of high-profile accounts. The incident sparked a meme frenzy on social media.
Individual Twitter users who have verified blue checkmarks are those who pay for Twitter Blue, which costs USD 8 per month through the web and USD 11 per month via in-app purchase on iOS and Android.
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Twitter said in March that “on April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified programme and removing legacy verified checkmarks.” Individuals may join up for Twitter Blue to maintain their blue checkmark on Twitter.
The blue check mark system was initially implemented on Twitter in 2009 to assist users in determining if celebrities, politicians, firms and brands, news organisations, and other accounts “of public interest” were authentic and not imposters or parody accounts. Previously, the firm did not charge for verification.
Within two weeks of the company’s acquisition last year, Musk unveiled Twitter Blue with the check-mark emblem as one of the premium bonuses.