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Many prominent Twitter accounts could lose blue check marks

Blue check marks will still appear on Twitter, but users will now be charged $8 a month if they want to keep their check.
Posted at 10:48 AM, Mar 24, 2023

Twitter announced on Thursday that starting April 1, it will begin “winding down” its legacy verified check marks, which are used to distinguish real accounts from impostors. 

Twitter said those wishing to keep a blue check mark can pay $8 a month for its Twitter Blue service. 

Prior to the announcement, Twitter placed blue check marks next to people and organizations prone to copycat accounts. Many official governments and political organizations and leaders have verification badges. 

Also, many celebrities and journalists have blue check marks.

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Since Elon Musk took over the company, he has dismissed his communications team — but questions over the safety and security of the platform remain.


For individuals who are verified, Twitter generally requires users to confirm their identity.

But after Elon Musk took control of Twitter last year, he vowed to change the verification process.

“The whole verification process is being revamped right now.” 

“The blue Verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” Twitter previously said. “To be Verified, your account must be notable and active.”

Now, those with legacy blue check marks have the following message: “This is a legacy verified account. It may or may not be notable.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, noted that the change comes on April Fools Day. Twitter faced challenges rolling out its Twitter Blue platform. When it initially launched, users were able to obtain blue checks while posing as celebrities and prominent people, including Musk himself. 

“Last time they tried this someone pretended to be Eli Lilly and tanked their stock price by pretending insulin was free,” she tweeted.