The day has come – all the “legacy” verified checkmarks are gone on Twitter, with the exception of a few celebrities handpicked by Elon Musk. Following the move, previously verified accounts have shown nothing but disapproval – many criticized the move, even calling it the “worst move” in Twitter history.
Twitter’s verification program was first launched about 14 years ago to prevent impersonation of celebrities, notable people, and journalists — and to stop the spread of misinformation. However, the coveted tick can only be obtained by purchasing Twitter Blue for Rs 650/month on web and Rs 900/month on iOS and Android.
After the verification badges were taken down, Twitter erupted with users expressing their grief, with some acknowledging the great time they had on the platform before Musk acquired the company in October last year.
Here’s what Twitter users, including celebrities, had to say about it:
I like this world. To verify an artist buy tickets, not a sign — Vir Das (@thevirdas) April 21, 2023
Wow verification is finally gone! Big sad! — iJustine (@ijustine) April 20, 2023
Clearing the tick hasn’t spared even athletes and WWE wrestlers—including Sheamus and Alexa Bliss.
I just want to get this out before anyone sees fake accounts… My only accounts are @RaquelWWE on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t fall for scammers asking for money or anything else!
— Raquel (@RaquelWWE) April 20, 2023
Seriously, several journalists have pointed out the adverse consequences this move could have. “Elon thinks this is a funny joke. As a former verified account that lost its blue check, I know how dangerous this really is. People are dying,” said journalist Julie Melner.
She added: “Celebrities are slandered left and right. Internet live streamer Hasan Piker has highlighted several impersonators. Including someone who tells people he is gay. I can’t find the words to explain how important this is.”
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It’s uncertain what the long-term effects of this move will be, including whether impersonation will become a serious problem for Twitter.
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