Soon, previously verified Twitter accounts will lose their ticks unless they start paying for it. The website has announcement that he will “start to calm down [its] legacy verification program and removal of legacy verification checkmarks” on April 1. It was never a secret that the company intended to do this. Shortly after launching Twitter Blue in November 2022, the head of the Elon Musk company said that there are “far too many corrupted legacy blue checkmarks” and that the company will be removing them in the coming months.
On April 1, we will begin terminating our legacy verification program and removing legacy verification checkmarks. To keep your blue tick on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue here: https://t.co/gzpCcwOpLp
Organizations can register https://t.co/RlN5BbuGA3…
– Twitter verified (@verified) March 23, 2023
Now, it seems like the time has come for verified legacy users to lose their blue checkmarks — that is, if Twitter doesn’t just lay the groundwork for an April Fool’s joke. Musk, after all, think it’s funny. It’s also unclear whether the website plans to remove their verified checkmarks all at once or in batches. We would contact the company for clarification, but all we would get in response would be a poo emoji.
Twitter’s announcement for the former verified user came just as Blue subscriptions became available worldwide. Previously only available in certain regions, this rollout puts the service within reach of most people. In addition to getting a blue checkmark next to their usernames, paying subscribers will be able to tweet 4,000 characters, edit their posts, and enjoy higher reply rankings. Extending Blue’s availability is necessary if Twitter is to meet Musk’s goal of earning half of its revenue from subscriptions. We’ll just have to wait and see if enough people around the world are willing to pay $8 a month (or $11, if paying through the iOS app) for its benefits.