Many Twitter users are confused and angry because it’s now impossible to determine who paid for the blue checkmark.
Twitter announced last month that it would eliminate legacy verified checkmarks, and discontinue its legacy verified program – instead charging users for a coveted blue badge.
Users who want to keep their checkmark on the web should subscribe to Twitter Blue, which costs $8 (PS6.51) per month for individual users.
Musk posted in February that “Twitter’s legacy Blue Verified was unfortunately deeply corrupted. It will therefore sunset in a few weeks.”
Although the change was supposed to go into effect on April 1, legacy users who were verified have seen that their checkmarks remain intact.
While many wondered if Musk was pulling an April Fools joke, it was discovered that Twitter had altered the description of legacy verified accounts.
Users can now click on the blue checkmark to see a new description. It reads: “This account verified because it is subscribed to Twitter Blue” or “This account verified because it is a legacy verified Account”. This is an amalgamation of legacy verified accounts and Twitter Blue subscribers.
It used to read “This is a legacy-verified account.” It could be noted.
It is impossible to distinguish between those who were verified prior to the legacy verified program was implemented and those who paid for a blue checkmark.
New York Times has its checkmark removed
Many Twitter users are worried about losing the blue checkmarks which helped to verify and distinguish them on the social media platform. Musk however has decided to take the liberty of removing it from one news organization in particular.
The verification tick for the New York Times’ main account has been removed. The publication is one of Musk’s most hated news publications.
This comes after the paper claimed that Twitter would not verify its institutional accounts in a Thursday story.
On Sunday, the Twitter CEO announced that the Times’ checkmark would be removed and made disparaging remarks about it.
Other Times accounts, such as its business news or opinion pages, still had blue or gold checkmarks on Sunday. Multiple reporters also worked for the news organization.
The Times stated in a Sunday statement that they don’t plan to pay the monthly check mark fee for institutional Twitter accounts.
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“We also won’t reimburse reporters for Twitter Blue personal accounts except in rare cases where this status is essential for reporting purposes.”
The Associated Press, though it has already stated that it won’t pay for the checkmarks as well, had the checkmarks on its books at noon on Sunday.
“Stop this mess”
Many Twitter users who are legacy verified have voiced their dismay at being mistakenly identified as a Twitter Blue subscriber.
One user tweeted: “This misleading B *******.” I have not subscribed to Twitter Blue, and I don’t intend to. I have a legacy verified email account. Stop this chaos
Another said: “Elon is trying to protect Twitter Blue people from mockery by making legacy verifiable accounts ambiguous instead taking the blue tick off?” What the hell is this @TwitterBlue thing? “I have not paid for the blue tick.”
A third thought it was too difficult for Musk to mass delete legacy checkmarks. He wrote: “Okay, so he discovered it was too difficult (and embarrassing) to disable Legacy checks and now he just changed the description for all legacy verified people to suggest that we might be paying to Twitter Blue… This is a new record for Not Mad.
YouTuber Eddy Buback was mortified by the possibility of being mistakenly identified as a Twitter Blue subscriber. He wrote: “Oh God, this is worse than taking the checkmark. I didn’t pay Elon. I’d rather die.”