It's official: Twitter creates a new tick so it can still charge for blue ones

It's official: Twitter creates a new tick so it can still charge for blue ones

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Twitter has been fielding widespread criticism for its plan to charge for the coveted "blue tick",

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which in the days before Elon Musk's acquisition of the company used to mean simply that the account sporting it was actually run by the person or entity it purported to be.

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Twitter introduced the feature in 2009 after being sued by a former Major League Baseball manager who was being impersonated on the service.

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Because it wasn't easy to get verified, verification became a status symbol, commenting derisively about "blue checks" became a common pastime on the platform,

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and de-verification was deployed as a consequence of violating the terms of service or (even before he bought Twitter) pretending to be Italian Elon Musk.

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But verification is also a crucial way to distinguish which information is coming from reliable sources — official government accounts, for instance, or politicians.

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Elon-Twitter's hastily rolled-out plan to allow anyone with a spare $20 $8 a month to be "verified" — without any actual identity verification involved

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rendered the tick essentially meaningless, as all it will tell you is who was either verified before this week when the new scheme is scheduled to kick in or is paying for Twitter Blue now.

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