- Less than 5% of the legacy verified accounts paid to join Twitter blue
- Deputy President Rigathi Gachagu’s Twitter account is among those that remain unverified.
Twitter has today restored the blue tick verification mark for users who have over 1 million followers.
The move comes after Twitter had removed the blue ticks from many accounts, causing a stir in the social media community.
Twitter chaos after wave of blue tick impersonations
The blue tick is a symbol of verification on Twitter that confirms the authenticity of an account.
It helps users to differentiate between real and fake accounts and prevents the spread of fake news.
Many celebrities and media companies, including CNN Journalist Larry Madowo, had criticized Twitter for removing their blue ticks.
They argued that the verification mark was an essential tool to combat the spread of fake news and impersonation.
“I have no plans to pay for Twitter Blue at this time and neither does CNN…Anyone will be able to create an account in my name and get verified for $8(sh1060). What could possibly go wrong?”Madowo tweeted.
Madowo has today Reacted to this new developments.
“I woke up to a blue checkmark again. I haven’t paid for Twitter Blue. Reports say Elon Musk has given it back to “legacy verified” accounts with over 1 million followers. Hats going on?”he tweeted.
However, many users with less than 1 million followers are still unverified, which could lead to the spread of fake news and impersonation.
Twitter yet to comment on whether it plans to extent the blue tick verification mark
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagu’s Twitter account is among those that remain unverified.
The account has over 562,000 followers. Many users have expressed their disappointment that they are still unverified, despite having a significant following.
Twitter has yet to comment on whether it plans to extend the blue tick verification mark to users with fewer than 1 million followers.
In his defense twitter boss Elon Musk said the new strategy was meant to generate new revenue.
“We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot entirely rely on advertisers. How about $8?”he tweeted.
There is still no official data yet on how many twitter users paid for the subscription but unverified sources say less than 5% of the legacy verified accounts paid to join Twitter blue as of Thursday.