As we speak’s the day. The Twitter verification checkmark apocalypse is upon us.
Main as much as right now, Twitter has made a number of pleas and what generally gave the impression of threats to customers that, if they didn’t begin paying for Twitter Blue, they’d lose their verification checkmark. Twitter Blue, which prices at the very least $7.99 per thirty days, could be the only strategy to get the checkmark and stay verified on the social media platform.
Customers had till April twentieth to join Twitter Blue. Nicely, that day is right here, and because the firm promised, Twitter has began to take away the verification checkmark from everybody who didn’t select to start out paying for Twitter Blue.
Thus far, the response is fairly blended. Whereas some are complaining — stating that verification shouldn’t be one thing that customers pay for — others are celebrating, saying that it’s like going again in time to the world of the web and social media earlier than verification existed.
Whereas most customers are seeing their verification checkmark disappear right now, it seems that some customers nonetheless have it regardless of saying they’d not pay for it. One instance is Lebron James, who famously mentioned he wasn’t paying the cash for Twitter Blue. Regardless of his account now saying he’s, The Verge “contacted James’ media advisor, Adam Mendelsohn, who confirmed that James hasn’t paid the $8 month-to-month price.”
Stephen King, who has additionally gotten in spats with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, says that his account additionally exhibits that he’s paying for Twitter Blue. The writer, nonetheless, says that he isn’t:
It’s unclear if there are nonetheless carveouts for some customers on Twitter, if Musk is simply trolling them, or if they’re mendacity and really paying for Blue. Nonetheless, it’s making fairly the rounds on Twitter — a really odd day for the web.
UPDATE: Musk confirmed that he’s personally paying for some Twitter Blue subscriptions:
The checkmark apocalypse comes a day after Elon Musk claimed that Microsoft illegally trained its AI using Twitter data and threatened the know-how large with a lawsuit.