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

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. Other users expressed relief at not having received the badge yet or are excited about their new one while others just want it removed

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