Elon Musk Gets Trolled After Twitter Blue Tick Mysteriously Reappears on Dead People | “On My Soul, I Didn’t Pay”
The saga of bizarre occurrences on Twitter continues. This time, the social media platform which has been recently more in controversies has restored the blue verification badge on the profiles of many deceased celebrities and politicians, reports ABC News. Are the dead celebrities back from their graves to pay for the Twitter Blue subscription or is the Twitter CEO Elon Musk paying for the blue ticks from his own pocket? The mystery thickens as netizens pour in on the platform to understand the latest debacle. But Musk's latest tweet replies have seemingly clarified a lot of these doubts.
Responding to a tweet from @TitterDaily, Musk wrote that he is "personally paying for a few ticks." Some other tweets claimed that the platform has apparently mass-verified all users with over 1 million followers, free of cost. A few days back Twitter began removing the blue check from the pages of several high-profile users as announced by Musk in a previous tweet of his. This caused a rise in the risk of impostors and false information being spread on the platform since anybody could pay for the blue tick now and pose as a noted personality. Under the original blue-tick system, the platform had almost 300,000 verified users which included actors, journalists, athletes, politicians, public figures and organizations.
Twitter has mass verified all users with over 1 million followers for free.— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) April 23, 2023
I’m paying for a few personally— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023
Despite the implication when you click the blue badge that has mysteriously re-appeared beside my name, I am not paying for the "honour".— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 23, 2023
However, with the implementation of new changes on Twitter celebrities such as Beyonce, The Pope and former U.S. president Donald Trump lost their verification badges. According to the new payment system, in order to keep the blue tick on their profile, one has to pay anything from US $8 a month for individual web users to a starting price of US $1,000 monthly for an organization, plus US $50 monthly for each affiliate or employee account.
I think Mr. Musk should give my blue check to charity. I recommend the Prytula Foundation, which provides lifesaving services in Ukraine. It's only $8, so perhaps Mr. Musk could add a bit more.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 22, 2023
oh my! it’s like Xmas and my birthday all at once!@elonmusk i’m flushed— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) April 22, 2023
Rock Star move, good sir.
Veteran actor Sir. Ian McKellen was one of the few celebrities who had to let go of the blue tick from their profiles and when the tick made its return, McKellen left a tweet on this occasion, writing: “Despite the implication when you click the blue badge that has mysteriously re-appeared beside my name, I am not paying for the 'honor'." Basketball star LeBron James to Star Trek's William Shatner all tweeted to clarify that they haven’t paid for the infamous blue tick since there is no way to tell who is not paying for the blue badge anymore.
Twitter’s tradition of putting the iconic blue check on the profiles of notable public figures started about 14 years ago. This was effective in helping netizens distinguish between the real person and malicious impostors. But after Musk’s Twitter takeover, things went haywire as his first step was to launch Twitter Blue for those willing to pay US $8 a month for the blue check on their profiles.
on my soul i didn’t pay for twitter blue, u will feel my wrath tesla man!— pussy (@LilNasX) April 22, 2023
I woke up to find I'm now blue ticked again. I haven't paid for Twitter or given anyone my phone number. Mr Musk, if you're paying for people who don't want blue ticks to have them, @StephenKing's suggestion that you donate the money to charity is excellent. To Refugees, perhaps?— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 23, 2023
According to Business Today, journalist Jamal Khashoggi, actor Chadwick Boseman, pop star Michael Jackson, comedian Norm Macdonald, basketball player Kobe Bryant and Chester Bennington were also on the list of deceased celebrities who got their blue check restored. Only time will tell what else is in store for Twitter and its mind-boggling changes, but for now, all we can do is watch the fiasco from the sidelines.