Blue Ticks on Twitter gone? Look again as Elon Musk makes a U-Turn, returns Verified status to celebrities

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Blue Ticks on Twitter gone? Look again as Elon Musk makes a U-Turn, returns Verified status to celebrities

By Divyanshi Sharma: In the last few days, unverified Twitter accounts flooded the platform as many refused to pay the $8 fee for the coveted blue tick. Celebrities with millions of followers were also not immune to the badge-stripping, until now. It looks like Elon Musk doesn’t want celebrities to lose their Blue Tick and is allegedly restoring verification badges to high-profile accounts. This move comes after numerous celebrities stood their ground and opted out of the Twitter Blue subscription service. However, the profiles of these celebrities show that they have ‘subscribed to Twitter Blue’, even though they have not. In a previous tweet, Musk had said that he was paying for the Blue Ticks LeBron James, Stephen King and William Shatner and made it seem like he is doing them a favour.

But now, it looks like the blue tick is back for all celebrities who have millions of followers. Even dormant accounts of celebrities who have passed away show that they are subscribers of Twitter Blue.

Elon Musk returns celebrities’ blue tick

Some celebrities who have received the blue tick back and have confirmed that they have not paid for it are Twitch streamer Hasan Piker, Journalist and author Kara Swisher, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and Stephen King.

Hasan Piker wrote, “I have no clue how this happened, i absolutely did not buy twitter blue,” while Kara Swisher expressed her surprise over the move and wrote, “Good lord, I’ve been LeBroned, Shatnered, Kinged without my consent. No means no, boys.”

Omar Abdullah wrote, “Apparently I’ve paid for Twitter Blue & given them a phone number to verify except that I haven’t. Mr Musk are you paying for mine as well?”

LeBron James, Stephen King and William Shatner were amongst the first celebrities who got their blue tick back. Musk confirmed paying for these accounts himself.

Stephen King, talking about his blue tick, wrote, “My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.”

In another tweet, he wrote, “I think Mr. Musk should give my blue check to charity. I recommend the Prytula Foundation, which provides lifesaving services in Ukraine. It’s only $8, so perhaps Mr. Musk could add a bit more.”

Bollywood celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli, Shah Rukh Khan, amongst others, also lost their blue ticks as part of Twitter’s new update. However, the blue ticks for all of these celebrities are back. While these celebrities haven’t really said anything about the matter, it is safe to assume that Musk is being extremely generous to them as well.

Another peculiar thing about this whole scenario is that even dormant celebrity accounts, of those who have passed away, also show that they have subscribed to Twitter Blue as their blue tick is back as well. Some of these accounts are that of late actor Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jackson, Kirstie Alley, John McAfee, Norm Macdonald and Kobe Bryant.

Elon Musk’s response

Elon Musk has also replied to some celebrities who revealed that they are not subscribing to Twitter Blue yet have their blue tick intact.

Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen, for instance, thanked Musk for paying for his blue tick and wrote, “oh my! it’s like Xmas and my birthday all at once! @elonmusk i’m flushed with gratitude. Rock Star move, good sir.” To this, Musk replied and wrote, “You’re welcome.”

Author Paul Krugman also said that he is not paying for Twitter Blue and wrote, “So my blue check has reappeared. I had nothing to do with that, and am definitely not paying.”

Musk responded to the tweet with a meme.

A lot of people are now associating the Blue Tick with Musk’s fans, and lot like a mark of authenticity as it was earlier. Before Musk’s new Twitter verification policy was rolled out, only those who were notable figures could get a blue tick. This was done primarily to ensure that nobody impersonates them on the platform. But now, anyone who has money to spare, can go ahead and buy the blue tick.

The process of removing the legacy blue ticks began from April 1. However, blue ticks for maximum people were removed on April 20 and 21.

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