Twitter’s Return of Blue Check Marks Faces Criticism from Some Users

From Blue Checks to Influence: Musk’s Latest Verification Policy Sparks Mixed Reactions on Twitter

Elon Musk is rewarding accounts with a large number of verified followers with free Premium and Premium Plus benefits on X. However, not all users are pleased with their new special status and are making it clear they did not pay for it. The blue check mark has become the butt of jokes on the platform.

Formerly, the blue check mark was a sought-after status symbol awarded to verified high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians, and official agencies. After Musk’s takeover in 2022, users’ blue check marks disappeared and became a badge anyone could purchase. This change made it difficult for users to identify authentic accounts, resulting in misinformation proliferating on X under Musk’s leadership.

Wednesday’s return of the free blue check prompted a flurry of jokes on the platform. Accounts that received the badge showed that it was not solely given to accounts affiliated with notable figures. Some users defended themselves on Twitter, stating that they did not pay for the badge.

The platform is popular among journalists, although some do not appear enthusiastic about their new status. Some former journalists who lost their blue checks after Musk took over have expressed relief at not having to deal with the negative attention associated with having a false blue check mark. Other users expressed relief at not having received the badge yet, while some are excited about their new badge and want to use it to promote themselves or their businesses. Overall, the reintroduction of free blue checks has sparked mixed reactions from X users.

However, despite this change in policy by Musk’s company Twitter Inc., many still see these changes as an attempt by him to gain more power over social media platforms by increasing his influence over user verification processes.

As a journalist writing about this topic I will continue monitoring developments closely and provide updates as necessary.

In conclusion, Elon Musk’s recent move to reward accounts with a large number of verified followers with free Premium and Premium Plus benefits on X has sparked mixed reactions among users of the platform. While some are excited about their new status symbol others are frustrated that they did not pay for it and many still see this change as an attempt by Musk’s company Twitter Inc., to gain more power over social media platforms by increasing his influence over user verification processes. As always I will continue monitoring developments closely and providing updates as necessary for my readers.

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