Twitter users perform the last rites of their legacy Blue Verified Badge
Goodbye, blue checkmark!
Twitter users perform the last rites of their legacy Blue Verified Badge!
Elon Musk announced to charge Twitter users $8 per month for the blue checkmark (iOS and Android signups will cost $11 per month, due to app store costs).
The microblogging website announced would start removing from April 1 but users have severely criticised the decision.
And as the day approached many Twitter users are bidding farewell to their blue check in an emotional way,
Rumor has it, we'll lose our legacy blue check tomorrow.— Seattle Public Library (@SPLBuzz) March 31, 2023
That means there will be nothing left to stop you from impersonating us and aggressively telling your followers to get a Library card 😱
My legacy blue check has entered its final hours. Goodbye, old friend. pic.twitter.com/8Ei0itIdD4— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) March 31, 2023
On the eve of losing my blue check, I couldn’t help but wonder — was it ever about the blue check? Or was it about me, and the friends I made along the way? pic.twitter.com/Jv5frxmz4j— abby (@abbyluschei) March 31, 2023
Goodbye, blue checkmark 👋🏻 pic.twitter.com/hpeTAaIo0x— Alexandra Leslie (@AlexandraLeslie) April 1, 2023
Goodbye, blue checkmark. It was nice when everyone knew that it was really me. Just like it was nice when people weren't allowed to spread false news or make threats or harass people. Back when this was Publishing's Water Cooler and we could be playful and just chat. pic.twitter.com/kyGBVyfOlJ— Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) March 31, 2023
Without my blue checkmark, I plan to just fade away into nothingness. Goodbye cruel world. I loved you more than you deserved and less than I ought. pic.twitter.com/3ZlI1qVTT2— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) March 31, 2023
Twitter starts removing the blue tick from legacy verified accounts from today, April 1. The platform announced last week that it is “winding down” its legacy verified program as its paid subscription now. So, lets wait for our turn and say good bye to "Blue Tick". #BlueTick pic.twitter.com/8rQHmM9HbO— Kamran Ali (@akamran111) April 1, 2023
I don’t tweet much these days because of my current position. But sounds like the blue check could be gone soon. If so, thank you all so much for your inspiration, support & constructive criticism. I’ll still see you here & other platforms when I can.— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 1, 2023
Elon Musk has defended his controversial pay model for Twitter.
The Twitter owner claims that any social media platform that didn’t follow suit would fail because it would be swarmed by bots.
“The fundamental challenge here is that it’s (easy) to create literally 10,000 or 100,000 fake Twitter accounts using just one computer at home and with modern AI (artificial intelligence),” Musk told a question and answer session on Twitter.
“That’s the reason for really pressing hard on verified where the verified requires a number from a reputable phone carrier and a credit card,” Musk added.
“My prediction is that any so-called social media network that doesn’t do this will fail,” he said.