Twitter removes blue checkmarks from accounts that haven’t paid

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The social network Twitter has removed the inherited blue check marks this Thursday afternoon, so those who wish to keep them must subscribe to the paid version.

The social network had announced that on April 1 it would begin to withdraw the inherited blue badges, in such a way that individual users who want to keep it had to access a Twitter Blue subscription and organizations and companies to another aimed at them, known as ‘Organizations verified’.

However, there have been many accounts that since the beginning of this month have maintained the blue badge without having paid a subscription. To rectify this situation, the current owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, announced on his profile that “the final date” on which the inherited blue badges would be withdrawn would be April 20, as it finally happened.

Legacy blue badges were earned using the old and free process that only required the interested user to apply for verification and meet a number of requirements. Its purpose was to prevent impersonation, supporting that the user or the organization that managed it was who they claimed to be and that, in addition, it was a notable actor for public debate.

This system never convinced Musk, who was always critical of the policy that granted or withdrew the aforementioned badge. For this reason, with his new role as owner of the social network, he incorporated the blue badge into the Twitter Blue subscription, so that whoever wanted to have it only had to pay for it, although they also had to meet certain requirements.

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