Twitter’s Return of Blue Check Marks Faces Criticism from Some Users

In 2022, Elon Musk took over Twitter and made a significant change to the platform by removing the blue check mark that was once a symbol of verified high-profile users. This change made it difficult for users to identify authentic accounts, resulting in misinformation proliferating on X under Musk’s leadership.

Last week, Musk announced that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access, which comes with reduced ads and other advantages. Those with more than 5,000 such followers would be given free Premium Plus, a more expensive tier that eliminates ads, among other benefits. The return of the free blue check prompted a flurry of jokes on the platform. Accounts that received the badge showed that it was not solely given to accounts affiliated with notable figures. Some users defended themselves on Twitter, stating that they did not pay for the badge.

Formerly, the blue check mark was highly sought after and awarded to verified high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians, and official agencies. However, after Musk’s takeover in 2022, anyone could purchase the badge regardless of their authenticity or status on the platform. This change made it difficult for users to differentiate between legitimate accounts and those who purchased their badges illegally or fraudulently.

While some are excited about their new badge, others just want it removed altogether. The platform is popular among journalists but some are less enthusiastic about their new status due to concerns about verification and credibility in an era of fake news and propaganda spreading rapidly on social media platforms like Twitter under Elon Musk’s leadership.

By Aiden Johnson

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