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Twitter’s Blue Check Mark Resurfaces, Sparking Controversy and Confusion among Users

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Twitter’s Return of Blue Check Marks Faces Criticism from Some Users

Elon Musk is rewarding accounts with a large number of verified followers with free Premium and Premium Plus benefits on X. However, not all users are pleased with their new special status and are making it clear they did not pay for it. The blue check mark has become the butt of jokes on the platform.

In 2022, Musk took over X and made changes to the platform that resulted in users losing their blue check marks, which were once a sought-after status symbol for high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians, and official agencies. This change made it difficult for users to identify authentic accounts and resulted in misinformation proliferating on the platform.

On Wednesday, Musk announced that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access and those with more than 5,000 would get free Premium Plus. This prompted a flurry of jokes on Twitter as some accounts received the badge despite not being affiliated with notable figures. Some users defended themselves online by stating that they did not pay for the badge.

The platform is popular among journalists but some are not enthusiastic about their new status. Some expressed relief at not having received the badge yet while others are excited about their new badge. However, there are also those who just want it removed.

Formerly, the blue check mark was a coveted status symbol awarded to verified high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians and official agencies. After Musk’s takeover in 2022, anyone could purchase this symbol resulting in confusion among users as to how authentic an account was.

This return of the free blue check has caused uproar among Twitter users as many have expressed their displeasure with receiving this accolade without paying for it. While some have defended themselves online saying they did not pay for it others have stated that they paid to be verified but never got the blue checkmark.

Musk’s takeover of X has brought significant changes to the platform including giving away premium benefits to accounts with a large number of verified followers which has led to confusion among twitter users regarding how authentic an account is.

While some may view this move as positive towards increasing user engagement on X others see it as another attempt by Elon Musk to control what happens on his platforms.

Overall this change seems like a step forward towards making Twitter more accessible but also creates uncertainty around authentication which can lead to misinformation spread by fake accounts leading to reputational damage for both individuals and organizations alike.

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsskio.com, I weave words to craft compelling narratives that captivate readers and bring stories to life. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I strive to create engaging and informative content that resonates with our audience. Whether I'm delving into the latest news trends or exploring unique angles on various topics, my goal is to deliver quality content that informs, entertains, and inspires. Join me on this journey as we uncover the news stories that matter most.

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