The original blue checkmarks on Twitter will be gone in a few months. The owner of the messaging service, Elon Musk, announced this in a tweet. According to the billionaire, the check marks that made it clear that Twitter is responsible for the identity of the user among celebrities, politicians, companies and journalists, were distributed “in a corrupt and illogical way.”
Musk announced almost immediately after taking over Twitter that he wanted to get rid of the blue checkmarks in its form at the time. Instead, everyone who got a paid subscription to Twitter must get a tag. However, when this was implemented, celebrities, politicians, and companies were widely impersonated by people who had paid for this endorsement ticket and then changed their username to one similar to a real person or company.
This temporarily shut down Twitter’s subscription service, but after a few weeks it has been available again since Monday for users in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. People who opt out via the Twitter app on their iPhone or iPad pay more, because Twitter has to pay Apple a commission for it.
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