The circus continues to play out. This week, Elon Musk confirmed on his Twitter account that social network accounts verified before he took over late last year will lose their verification mark on April 20.
After this “end date”, users who want to have a check mark will have to pay for it by subscribing to their Twitter Blue service. The only exceptions will be some companies, government entities and relevant political positions.
With this announcement by Musk, the so-called “legacy checkmarks” would be ended, completely eliminating the meaning of account verification established by pre-Musk Twitter to show which people or entities are truly relevant and ensure that their identity is protected on the social network. As of the 20th, normal verification checkmarks will only serve to tell others “hey, look at me, I have a blue badge.”
In this way, Musk is continuing with his plans after apparently backtracking a few weeks ago. Theoretically, the removal of the legacy checkmarks was scheduled for April 1, but, come the day, the only change made by the company was that the description of the legacy checkmarks and the Twitter Blue checkmarks started using the same text, so that no one could tell them apart.
“This account is verified because it is subscribed to Twitter Blue or because it is a verified account under the old system,” now read the descriptions of all Twitter Blue verifications. Obviously, there are still ways to find out if the verified is paid or “legacy”, but this change makes it much more difficult to know what type they are, especially if you use the mobile app.
Apparently, Elon Musk’s intention with this apparent cable pickup in early April was to give “a few weeks grace” to accounts that had a legacy verification mark. Now, in a week’s time, this grace period will end, and anyone who wants to be verified on Twitter will have to checkout. We can’t contain our great excitement about this.
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