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    Twitter Removes ‘Legacy’ Verified Blue Ticks

    Twitter on Thursday began removing the legacy verified blue ticks from the profiles of thousands of users, including politicians, celebrities, and sportspersons with millions of followers on the platform.

    The development has affected several individuals including journalists as Twitter insists on a $8 monthly payment to subscribe to its ‘Twitter Blue’ if account holders must retain their verification badge, or for those who want to get the blue tick newly.

    Numerous checkmarks disappeared from Twitter accounts for the users who were reluctant to pay $8 a month for the traditional blue badge.

    ‘Legacy’ blue ticks were initially given to verified accounts belonging to people of public interest including celebrities, politicians and journalists.

    But following Musk’s takeover, only those subscribed to Twitter Blue can keep a blue tick, while businesses must now pay for a gold tick.

    This decision came as part of Musk’s efforts to get rid of the so-called “lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark.”

    Earlier in the month, Musk had tweeted that “Final date for removing legacy blue checks is April 20.”

    April 1 was the initial date to kickstart the removal of ‘legacy’ ticks, but many remained after this date giving rise to confusion.

    Ten days later, Musk then announced that the ‘final date’ for removing these ticks would be April 20.

    Nigerian singers, Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid verification badges have also been removed on the microblogging platform.

    Checks by our correspondent on Thursday showed that the verification badges on their account have been removed.

    Lagos State police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin was also caught in the web as he jokingly said he was not paying any dime.

    “Legacy verification gone.  I no dey pay shishi,” he tweeted on Thursday.

    Biggest losers

    The latest move has resulted in several celebrities, with followings running into millions, also losing the verification badge on the microblogging platform. Shah Rukh Khan (43.4 million), Amitabh Bachchan (48.4 million), Virat Kohli (55.1 million) and Rahul Gandhi (23.3 million) are among those who have lost their verification badge on Twitter

    Former US president Donald Trump (87.2 million), Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates (62.5 million), and author JK Rowling (14 million) have also lost their blue ticks on the social networking site.

    Even the most followed persons on the platform have lost their verification badge, this includes Justin Bieber, the third most followed person on the platform with 113 million followers, and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 108.3 million followers.

    Meanwhile, some personalities, such as basketball star LeBron James and author Stephen King, who have both said they will not pay for the checkmark, still had their blue ticks.

    Musk later tweeted: “I'm paying for a few personally.” He later added: “Just Shatner, LeBron and King.”

    “Welp guess my blue will be gone soon cause if you know me I ain’t paying,” basketball player LeBron James had said in a tweet last month.

    Musk initially proposed charging $20 monthly for verification, but later lowered the price to $8. Some users said they would leave Twitter, while others refused to pay.

    Criticisms continue to trail Twitter’s decision on social media with some saying the essence of the verification was being defeated, as anyone could impersonate another just by subscribing to the Twitter Blue.

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