Twitter reintroduces blue check marks to some discontent.

Twitter’s Return to Blue Checkmarks Stirs Up Controversy: Elon Musk Offers Premium Benefits But Users Aren’t Happy with the Change

Elon Musk is offering free Premium and Premium Plus benefits to accounts with a high number of verified followers, but not all users are happy about it. On Wednesday, several X users expressed their disappointment with seeing the blue checkmark next to their handles despite not having paid for these subscriptions. The change comes just over five months after Musk introduced two subscription tiers on the platform previously known as Twitter.

Last week, Musk announced that users with over 2,500 paying followers would be granted free Premium access, which includes reduced ads and other advantages. Those with more than 5,000 such followers would be given free Premium Plus, a higher-cost tier that eliminates ads, among other benefits. The blue checkmark was once a coveted symbol of status awarded to verified high-profile users such as journalists, celebrities, politicians, and official agencies.

After Musk took control in 2022, users’ blue checkmarks disappeared and were made available for purchase by anyone. This shift made it more difficult for users to identify authentic accounts and led to the proliferation of misinformation on X under Musk’s management. Wednesday’s return of the free blue checkmark sparked a series of jokes on the platform. Some users who received the badge have posted proof that it is not only being given to verified individuals but also those who did not pay for it. Several users defended themselves by stating they did not pay for the badge.

The platform is frequented by journalists but some of them do not seem thrilled with their new status while others are relieved that they haven’t received a blue checkmark yet. However, some people are excited about their new badge and there is even one user who wants to have it removed from their account altogether.

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