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Twitter’s Blue Check Mark Boosts Elon Musk’s Image, But Some Users Aren’t Happy About the Perks that Come With It

BySamantha Nguyen

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

Elon Musk is giving away free Premium and Premium Plus benefits to users with a large number of verified followers on X. However, not all users are happy with their new special status, and some are making it clear they did not pay for it. The blue check mark, which was once a sought-after status symbol awarded to verified high-profile users, has become the butt of jokes on the platform.

Last week, Musk announced that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access. Those with more than 5,000 such followers would be given free Premium Plus, a more expensive tier that eliminates ads among other benefits. However, this change made it difficult for users to identify authentic accounts and resulted in misinformation proliferating under Musk’s leadership.

Formerly, the blue check mark was only given to verified high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians and official agencies. After Musk’s takeover in 2022, users’ blue check marks disappeared and became a badge anyone could purchase. This change made it difficult for users to differentiate between authentic accounts and impostors.

Wednesday’s return of the free blue check prompted a flurry of jokes on the platform. Accounts that received the badge showed that it was not solely given to accounts affiliated with notable figures. Some users defended themselves on Twitter stating that they did not pay for the badge while others expressed relief at not having received it yet. Some are excited about their new badge while others just want it removed.

By Samantha Nguyen

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