Another U-turn? Twitter restores blue ticks to non-paying accounts with at least 1 million followers


After purging all legacy verified accounts earlier this week, Twitter appears to have made a U-turn. Accounts whose blue tick or check was lost during purging woke up with the good news as their blue tick was back. No one knows why, but people who have got their blue ticks back claim that they never subscribed to Twitter Blue and were not bothered about losing the blue tick. A little check and it looks like accounts with a million followers or more have got their blue tick back.

Accounts of actors including late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, late Sushma Swaraj, politicians, journalists and people from other notable fields now have blue ticks again after a temporary loss. While the reason is unclear, it could be pressure from celebrities, some of whom criticized Twitter’s billionaire boss Elon Musk for doing away with the old verification system. Tapping the blue tick next to the name of such accounts displays the same message as for Twitter Blue subscribers.

“This account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and have verified their phone number,” the information on the blue check says. And this makes it difficult to differentiate between Twitter subscribers and non-subscribers. Accounts with at least one million followers have received the blue check, but it is also difficult to tell whether Twitter has given blue ticks to accounts that were not previously verified. We have claims from some of these accounts that they got their blue tick back despite not subscribing to Twitter Blue. A handful of accounts that previously refused to pay for Twitter Blue still have their Blue Tick as part of the subscription, which Elon Musk claims he’s getting paid for it,

Soon after legacy verified accounts lost their blue ticks, some of them immediately subscribed to Twitter Blue. The most famous example is that of Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, who had a one-way conversation with Musk in his colloquial language from Allahabad (now Prayagraj). While he still had the blue tick, Bachchan asked Musk if there was a way to edit tweets as it was painful for him to delete and retype entire tweets in case of a spelling error. His followers told him about Twitter Blue. Soon after, the actor, fondly called Big B, asked the Twitter boss why his blue tick was removed. He later said that he subscribed to Twitter Blue and still did not receive the blue tick. “Should I touch your feet?” he said in a long tweet in the dialect of eastern Uttar Pradesh. A day later, Bachchan’s blue tick was restored and he jokingly thanked Musk. She sang the nineties superhit Bollywood song ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai’ starring Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon. He changed ‘Mast Mast’ to ‘Musk Musk’.

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