Elon Musk’s announcement on April 1st that Twitter Updates verified legacy users would be removed. A number of famous individuals and public figures have declined to pay $8 per month for a verified badge beside their name.
The White House views the blue badge as nothing more than a confirmation that the account holder has paid for their account.
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Under Musk’s new plan, all users will be required to pay an $8 subscription fee for a blue badge. Yesterday, the CEO of the micro-blogging site announced that 42,000 “notable” users had their verification badge revoked.
NBA player LeBron James and actor William Shatner, have expressed their choice of not participating in the new verification program.
Axios has reported that the White House has no intention of paying for the verified service. An internal email from the Biden administration revealed that they view the blue badge as simply confirming that the account holder has paid for their account.
According to a leaked email from White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty, Twitter Blue does not offer individual verification as a service. As a result, the blue check mark will now only indicate that the account holder has paid for their account.
While official government accounts such as @WhiteHouse and @JoeBiden continue to have the grey verification badge. This badge will be provided by Musk for government officials, these badges are free.
Several prominent news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times are aginst it. They all stated that they will not be buying the blue badge for any of their staff or administration members.
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