Twitter’s blue tick saga has taken an interesting turn following the demise of several celebrities including late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, late Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman and late American singer Chester Bennington.
A statement explaining the restoration of service for the departed celebrities said that “the account is verified as they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and have verified their phone number”. However, it is not clear who paid for the service.
The Twitter accounts of Rajput and Bennington were last seen to have activity in 2019 and 2017 respectively.
Sushant, who featured in Bollywood films like ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and ‘Chhichhore’, was found hanging in his Mumbai flat on June 14, 2020. He died at the age of 34.
Chadwick, who starred in the film ‘Black Panther’, passed away in August 2020 after a battle with colon cancer. He died at the age of 43.
Chester, who had struggled with depression and substance abuse for most of his life, had committed suicide by hanging himself. He died on July 20, 2017 at the age of 41.
Other celebrities who are no longer alive and have had their blue tick reinstated include American professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, singer-songwriter and dancer Michael Jackson, and Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk had announced that the blue ticks of those who do not pay for the service will disappear from April 20.
Twitter Blue was launched in India on February 8 and is available for a monthly subscription fee of Rs 650 on web and Rs 900 on mobile devices.
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