Twitter Fails To Remove Blue Ticks For Users Who Are Yet To Pay For Its Subscription

Twitter appears to be having trouble with the handling of its Blue Subscription.

So many users on the app claim they are yet to pay for the endeavor but continue to retain their verification ticks. It’s very interesting, considering how the platform vowed to get rid of the feature for those that failed to jet out extra money and become a valuable Blue members.

The deadline was designated as April 1 but today marks exactly four days from the date and we are yet to hear any news on the matter of when the ticks would be removed as users are elated to see they can still get the feature for free.

The leading microblogging site mentioned how it would no longer be giving exclusive verification access to those that fail to fork out money. For them, it was necessary to have the paid verification so Twitter could handle the growing number of bots and spam on the app. Now, it’s looking like that wouldn’t be possible anymore.

Blue ticks were a handy way to see which accounts could be relied on, which were active, and which were authentic. Now that we have both types of accounts mixing, it’s going to be a hard task to differentiate the real from the fake.

Now, users can pay $8 each month to get the verification badge, but the only clause to remember here is how you should be eligible under the firm’s rules to do so.

For now, it’s not too clear if any of the app’s users possessing the legacy blue checkmark have had the endeavor stripped. But we do know that The New York Times might be the only exception to this news as it vowed very publicly that it had no interest in getting a paid verification badge.

But other than that, no reports have arisen so far of any account getting the badge stripped. When a user clicks on the icon of their account, they see a sign that says, ‘This account is verified as it is under the Twitter Blue Subscription or has attained legacy verification'.

So as you can tell, it just makes it so much harder to see which members are verified under the older subscription and which ones have actually paid to get Twitter Blue to get the status of being verified.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk says Twitter Blue hopes to treat all of its members equally and not provide any sort of extra benefits to them in the name of preferential treatment. However, professionals are now issuing warnings about how much-relaxed measures for verification could give rise to the spread of misinformation at a quicker pace.

On the other hand, a research professional hailing from NYU spoke to NPR and explained to the app’s users that some having malicious intentions could be on the rise and they are the ones most likely to take advantage of such paid endeavors to get the huge fan following. At the same time, they are the ones who would be extracting high-quality data and replacing it with poor-quality and misinformed details.

This is the reason why the company made the verification program to begin with, so it would be hard for anyone to do that. Remember, all blue-ticked accounts claimed to be who they were and not someone else.

But we can’t forget what happened on the app last year when this same feature was rolled out. A user with a blue tick acted to be a leading pharma company and went about tweeting how it was giving insulin free of cost. The real firm denied the news and rubbished it as a major rumor while bashing the Twitter app for failing to keep a check on misinformation.

But whatever the case may be, the post got hundreds of shares and likes, not to mention the fact that its stock price dramatically fell for a brief period.

This is why Twitter thought that adding the monthly $8 each month endeavor would be beneficial or the $84 yearly plan to avoid such incidents. But again, some people are even planning to pay to spread evil so you can’t really judge intentions, right?

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