Twitter was supposed to ceremoniously remove legacy verification checkmarks on April 1. Although it appears to have put those plans on hold for now, the Elon Musk-run social network has revised the label attached to the check mark to make it virtually impossible to tell who won it and whoever won it. paid.
When users tap or click the blue checkmark, the label now reads: “This account is verified because they follow Twitter Blue or are a former verified account.”
After Twitter introduced verification through the Blue subscription plan, the label on old verified accounts read, “This is an old verified account. It may or may not be noticeable. On the other hand, the label on the Blue account read: “This account is verified because he is a Twitter Blue follower.”
As a result, it was possible to differentiate between two sets of verified accounts. But the new sign makes it difficult to separate the two different verifications and identify notable accounts.
Over the weekend, The New York Times also lost its verified check after refusing to pay for the verification service. In a response to users posting a meme about the post not paying for verification, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said“Oh okay, we’ll take it off.”
Over the past few days, many celebrities, including LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes II, Darius Slay, Monica Lewinsky and William Shatner, have said they won’t pay for a tick.
Reporter Matt Binder underline that Musk deleted a tweet saying Twitter would give former verified account holders a “few weeks of grace” to subscribe to Twitter Blue before removing verification marks from those who don’t pay. The deleted tweet also said the social network would remove the checkmark if accounts specifically declined to pay for Twitter Blue.
Musk promised that after April 15, the “For You” algorithmic timeline will only show verified accounts as well as accounts followed by someone. Over the weekend, the CEO of Tesla also mentioned that Twitter will soon be add verification date to user profiles.
The social network is also reportedly working on a government identity verification feature for Blue subscribers, which will allow them hide their check marks.