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

Elon Musk announced last week that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access on X, which comes with reduced ads and other benefits. Those with more than 5,000 such followers would be given free Premium Plus, a more expensive tier that eliminates ads among other perks. However, not all users are happy with their new special status and have expressed their dissatisfaction by 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 highly 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 spreading on X under Musk’s leadership.

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

The platform is popular among journalists but some are less enthusiastic about their new status. One Business Insider reporter does not appear too excited about it while others expressed relief at not having received it yet. Some users are thrilled about their new badge while others simply want it removed altogether.

By Riley Johnson

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