Twitter’s legacy blue check mark era is officially over
Initially disclosed by the firm last month, the removal of legacy checkmarks on April 1 is effective immediately. But as with other deadlines Musk mentioned, the date passed with little action taken.
When asked how removing verification marks might affect the dissemination of misinformation, Elon Musk responded, “I think the media is a driver of misinformation much more than the media would like to admit that they are.”
Earlier this month, Musk noted that the business will provide legacy verified accounts “a few weeks grace” in a now-deleted tweet.
Musk also stated last month that starting on April 15, Twitter will no longer recommend unverified accounts on its “For You” algorithmic timeline. The label that appears when someone taps on the verification mark has recently been updated to “This account is verified because it’s subscribed to Twitter Blue or is a legacy verified account.” Due to this, it became more difficult for users to distinguish between Twitter Blue subscribers and old verified accounts.
According to reports, the social network is also developing government ID verification, which will enable Twitter Blue members to conceal their checkmarks.
However, one of the final relics of the time before Elon Musk, Twitter’s iconic blue checkmarks, looks to have been officially retired.
The free blue checks Twitter provided to journalists, celebrities, and other public figures to reduce spam and impersonation were meant to expire on April 1.
Musk changed the expiration date to April 20 or 4/20 on Twitter on April 11 – days after the legacy tick marks should have vanished.
With the elimination of the legacy checks, Twitter will only have verification marks for paying users, corporations, and government agencies. Now, when a user clicks on a blue tick mark, it says: “This account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.”
Some users, including TechCrunch reporters, noticed a “flickering” blue tick mark on their accounts on Thursday. Others have observed the complete disappearance of their blue checkmarks.
Twitter has kept to its vow to eliminate the legacy tick marks from even the highest prominent personalities under Musk’s leadership. Even the pope was unable to avoid the great unchecking of 4/20.