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

Elon Musk’s recent announcement has sparked controversy on X. The platform is rewarding accounts with a large number of verified followers with free Premium and Premium Plus benefits, but not all users are happy about it. Some argue that they did not pay for the special status and believe that the blue check mark has become a butt of jokes on the platform.

Last week, Musk announced that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access, which comes with reduced ads and other advantages. Those with more than 5,000 such followers would be given free Premium Plus, a more expensive tier that eliminates ads, among other benefits. However, some users are still questioning the authenticity of their accounts after their blue check marks disappeared under Musk’s leadership in 2022. This change made it difficult for users to identify authentic accounts and resulted 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. On the other hand, some journalists expressed relief at not having received the badge yet while others are excited about their new status symbol. Overall, opinions differ about whether or not this new development is positive or negative for X and its users.

By Samantha Johnson

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