Twitter, the microblogging site, removed the historically verified blue ticks from all accounts on Thursday.
The verified blue checkmarks are only available to individual Twitter users who pay the $8 monthly fee for Twitter Blue through the web and the $11 monthly fee for Twitter Blue via in-app payment on Android and iOS.
A number of Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Alia Bhatt, and politicians, including Rahul Gandhi, CM Yogi Adityanath, Priyanka Gandhi, and sports personalities such as PV Sindhu, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, and many others have lost their verified blue tick mark from their Twitter accounts due to the latest changes.
As per the previous announcement, Twitter will no longer show the verified checkmark next to any accounts that were recognised as VIPs before Elon Musk acquired the company unless those accounts subscribed under Twitter Verified Organisations subscription, according to a report of Variety.
The main cause for using the blue tick was to safeguard famous people from imitation and combat misleading information.
Twitter said earlier in March that they would remove legacy verified checkmarks on April 1. People can sign up for Twitter Blue to keep their blue mark on Twitter.
The blue tick mark concept was launched on Twitter in 2009 to help users determine whether celebrities, politicians, firms and brands, news organisations, and other accounts "of public interest" were authentic, not imitators or parody accounts. Before this time, the company never ask a verification charge.
Within two weeks of the company's acquisition last year, Musk introduced Twitter Blue, which included the checkmark badge as one of the premium facilities.
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