April 14, 2024 1:24 pm
Twitter’s Return of Blue Check Marks Faces Criticism from Some Users

Elon Musk’s recent announcement that users with more than 2,500 paying followers would receive free Premium access on X has sparked a debate among the platform’s users. While some are excited about their new status and the benefits that come with it, others are not pleased with it and believe they did not pay for it. The blue check mark, which was once a sought-after status symbol reserved for verified high-profile users, has become the butt of jokes on the platform.

Before Musk’s takeover in 2022, users’ blue check marks were a badge of honor that helped identify authentic accounts. However, after the change, anyone could purchase the badge, making it difficult to differentiate between authentic and fake accounts. This led to an increase in misinformation on X under Musk’s leadership.

On Wednesday, Musk announced that he would be giving away free blue checks to select accounts with more than 1 million followers. This prompted a flurry of jokes on the platform as some accounts showed that they did not solely earn their badges through notable figures or payment. Some users defended themselves on Twitter, stating that they did not pay for their badges.

While the platform is popular among journalists, some appear unenthusiastic about their new status. Others expressed relief at not having received the badge yet while some are excited about their new badge and its benefits. Overall, there is mixed sentiment among X users about Elon Musk’s decision to reward accounts with blue checks based on follower count rather than verification or payment.

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