While Twitter's traditional blue authenticated badge is deleted, it is discovered that Elon Mask is paying for some celebrities' authenticated badges on his own

Twitter has

announced that from April 1, 2023, only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to maintain the verified badge (blue check mark) displayed next to their account name. After that, on April 21, 2023, Twitter Blue subscribers, businesses, and non-governmental verified badges were removed, but CEO Elon Musk has been accused of verifying badges on some celebrity accounts. It is clear that you are subscribing on your own.

Twitter's legacy blue check mark era is officially over | TechCrunch

LeBron James, Stephen King deny paying for Twitter verification - The Verge


In the past, Twitter introduced verified badges to prevent user impersonation and to indicate that an account is genuine. At the beginning of its introduction, this verified badge could be applied to Twitter and attached next to the account name only if it was accepted.

A request system for 'authenticated badge' that indicates that the Twitter account is genuine has appeared, application method summary - GIGAZINE

However, Twitter, which was acquired by Mr. Mask in October 2022, decided to charge for the authenticated badge, and in November 2022, the monthly fee is $ 7.99 (about 1060 yen), and in Japan, the monthly fee is 1380 yen for iOS and Android. , When registering from the website As a benefit of the subscription service 'Twitter Blue', which is provided for 980 yen per month, in addition to the tweet editing function, an authenticated badge has been added.

On March 23, 2023, Twitter abolished the old account verification program regarding authenticated badges that indicate the user's identity, and from April 1, 2023, only Twitter Blue users have been authenticated. I was announcing that I could keep my badge.

Twitter Blue will be available worldwide and from April 1, the blue check mark will be removed from authenticated accounts that have not joined Twitter Blue - GIGAZINE

American football player Patrick Mahomes left a tweet suggesting that he would refuse payment in response to a tweet saying he had to pay $8 a month (about 1100 yen) to keep his authenticated badge. . As of April 21, 2023, the verified badge next to Mahomes' account name has been removed.

You can also confirm that the authenticated badge has been deleted from Pope Francis ' Twitter account.

NBA player

LeBron James, who has more than 50 million followers, also showed a stance of refusing to charge Twitter Blue, but James' authenticated badge was not deleted at the time of writing the article.

Also, author Stephen King , whose authenticated badge is still maintained, said, ``My Twitter account shows that I have charged Twitter Blue, but I don't remember charging.My Twitter My account says my phone number is verified, but I don't remember doing it.'

Regarding the fact that the verified badge is left even though James and King have not charged Twitter Blue, Mr. Musk said, ``I personally charged several accounts for subscriptions. I am.'

Overseas news media The Verge sent an email to James saying that a Twitter employee said, ``On behalf of Mr. Mask, we will provide a free subscription to Twitter Blue to Mr. James's account.'' I am reporting that

In addition, GIGAZINE's Twitter account has also confirmed that the authenticated badge has been deleted.

◆ Added 2023/04/21 17:07
A golden authenticated badge was given to GIGAZINE's Twitter account, which should have disappeared, indicating that it is an official business account. I didn't apply for anything here, so it seems that Twitter attached it without permission.

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