Twitter Restores Free Blue Tick For Dead Celebrities:
Elon Musk’s recent actions on Twitter have caused a new wave of uncertainty. Last week, the billionaire CEO followed through on his promise to remove the blue checkmarks from Twitter accounts belonging to celebrities who didn’t pay $8 per month for his subscription service, Twitter Blue. As a result, Twitter reinstated the badge for several users, including those of deceased users.
Under the previous management of Twitter, thousands of accounts belonging to celebrities, athletes, politicians, and other notable personalities granted the verified blue check-mark status. However, Musk’s intention was to increase revenue from Twitter Blue subscriptions by removing the “free” check-mark feature. While he has also presented this move as democratizing the user-verification process, it has caused confusion and raised questions about the integrity of the platform’s verification system.
Many popular celebrities, including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, and Charlie Sheen had their “legacy” checkmarks removed. However, after a short period of time, the blue tick appeared on all of those accounts again. According to the badge explanations, each account “verified because they subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.” It implied that these users are paying subscribers, although this may not be the case in many instances.
Charlie Sheen directly appealed to Elon Musk for the return of his blue check-mark and was delighted when it reappeared on his account. Sheen expressed his gratitude to Musk and called him a “rock star.” However, the confusion caused by these actions raises concerns about Twitter’s verification process and the potential misuse of power by individuals with large followings.
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