Elon Musk’s Twitter is undergoing some significant adjustments as a result of the microblogging service’s recent removal of the blue tick representing accounts that have resisted subscribing to Twitter Blue. In November 2022, Musk disclosed that the blue tick will cost users money. Musk has repeatedly stated his dislike for legacy blue ticks, or accounts that received a blue tick as a result of Twitter’s previous verification process.
In keeping with his commitment, Musk ultimately removed the blue ticks from everyone who refused to pay the $8 monthly fee on April 20. The New York Times’ loss of its Twitter verification badge on April 1 prompted the start of the process to remove old blue ticks.
Musk started restoring the ‘precious’ tick mark to accounts with more than 1 million followers, but only after deleting the blue ticks of ostensibly all non-subscribers. Many famous people who had previously lost their blue ticks on Twitter saw them return as a result, and they did it without having to pay anything. Shah Rukh Khan, is one of these famous people who had his blue tick back without spending a single money.
Due to unpaid fees, Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and Hrithik Roshan also lost their blue ticks. All of these celebs are now verified on Twitter, though.
On the other hand, several famous people who did pay for their blue tick and subscribe to Twitter Blue appear to be suffering now. When his blue tick vanished despite paying the fees, Amitabh Bachchan admitted that he had enrolled in Twitter Blue. He requested that “Twitter bhaiya” restore his blue tick in a tweet so that people would know that his account is legitimate. He also mentioned that he makes the request with his hands folded.
Despite having millions of followers, celebrities like Big B have consented to pay the monthly charge for Twitter’s blue tick, but other celebrities who refused to pay the fee also received their blue tick back. This seems unfair to celebrities who have already signed up for Twitter Blue because even if they refused to pay Twitter’s charge, they would have still received their Blue Tick.
Stephen King, journalist and author Kara Swisher, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Twitch broadcaster Hasan Piker, and Omar Abdullah are some famous people who have received the blue tick back and certified that they did not pay for it. Additionally, accounts of deceased celebrities reveal that they have Twitter Blue subscriptions because their blue tick has returned. These accounts include those of the late actor Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jackson, Kirstie Alley, Norm Macdonald, Kobe Bryant, John McAfee, and Kirstie Alley.
The blue tick on Twitter used to be a sign of authenticity because only well-known people could apply for one entirely free of charge. Now, though, anyone with extra cash can purchase the blue tick. The blue tick, according to some Twitter users, no longer signifies a real account but rather Musk devotion.