Twitter to remove all ‘Legacy’ blue checks on April 1

Twitter to remove all blue checkmark badges on April fool's day

Twitter, the microblogging platform, has announced that it will remove the “legacy” blue checkmark badges from verified accounts on April 1. Any accounts verified under the old system will no longer have the blue checkmark badge on their profiles unless they subscribe to Twitter Blue.

This move is part of the company’s ongoing effort to make the verification process more transparent and streamlined. In December last year, Elon Musk announced via his Twitter account that the company plans to remove all legacy blue checks as the method they were given out was “corrupt and nonsensical”.

Twitter has stated that it will reach out to affected users and provide them with information on how to reapply for verification under the new system. The company has also said that it will prioritise users previously verified under the old system in the new verification queue.

This news is also coming just hours after the company announced the availability of the Blue subscription globally.

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Twitter’s blue checkmark badges have been a symbol of status and influence on the platform since their inception in 2009. Originally intended to indicate and verify that a use, public figure, celebrity, or brand was authentic, active and a notable account of interest.

In 2021, the microblogging site revamped its verification program to allow users to apply for verification and make the process more transparent. As part of the changes, Twitter introduced new eligibility criteria and a new verification application process. However, the company also acknowledged that many accounts had been verified under the old, more opaque system and that it would take time to address these legacy verifications.

But since Elon Musk’s takeover in 2022, the verification process has become a thing anybody can acquire once they are ready to pay $8 per month (iOS and Android signups will cost $11 per month due to app store costs).

This caused quite an uproar and a long debate on the microblogging site, with users giving their two cents on the matter. Some seem to buy the idea, while others saw it as a harsh move by the Tesla CEO and new Twitter boss, Elon Musk. But it is what it is.

For Elon Musk, it is another avenue to fight off fake accounts and make revenue for the company. The decision was an available purchase for Blue subscribers, and a multi-month grace window was given to users who already have the blue verification badge.

The microblogging site says purchasing a verification badge gives users access to subscriber-only features like fewer ads on their timeline, prioritized ranking in conversations, bookmark folders, and the ability to craft long tweets, and edit and undo tweets.

It took a while, but people seem very interested in getting the blue checkmark, although it is unsure how many people are currently verified on the microblogging site.

Twitter’s move seems ultimately a positive one. By removing legacy verifications and encouraging users to reapply under the new system, Twitter is making the verification process more transparent and fair for all users.

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