Twitter has eliminated the legacy blue tick from all accounts a few days ago. With the introduction of Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service, only users who have subscribed will be able to access some brand-new features and have a blue checkmark in front of their names.
Due to this trend, numerous famous people and notable figures from other fields had lost their valued verification tick marks.
Now, it appears that Elon Musk, the microblogging site’s new owner, has made certain exceptions for individuals who have not signed up for the service. According to a report, he appears to have reinstated the blue badge of users who purportedly have more than a million followers.
Several users who have at least one million Twitter followers discovered today that the blue ticks they had until Friday, April 20 have returned to their accounts. However, because they are paying for Twitter Blue, the blue checks that were restored show that the accounts are verified.
The blue checkmark has been restored to the profiles of Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, former US President Donald Trump, and billionaire Bill Gates, who also lost them due to the recent change. It’s unclear, though, whether they paid for the verification or not.
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter and highlighted the same. He said: “Apparently I’ve paid for Twitter Blue & given them a phone number to verify except that I haven’t. Mr Musk are you paying for mine as well?”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, had already said that he is “personally paying” for some celebrities’ Twitter Blue subscriptions in order to maintain their checkmark. LeBron James, William Shatner, and Stephen King, all prominent figures in their respective fields, were among them. After openly stating that they would not sign up for the subscription service, this occurred.
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