Twitter has started a mass unfollowing and is currently following “no one,” suggesting that the process of removing old verified accounts may finally be starting.
The following has fallen to its absolute lowest point and is now “Zero” on the “Twitter Verified” account.
Earlier, Twitter followed over 420,000 legacy verified accounts.
Twitter had already issued a warning that all legacy verified accounts would be shut down starting on April 1 and that those who still had them but were not paying for a Twitter Blue subscription would even have their checkmarks removed. It’s unclear whether Twitter Verified is still following them now that everyone has been unfollowed by Twitter.
Variety previously reported that Twitter will deactivate the verified checkmark status of accounts it has previously verified as notable before Elon Musk’s acquisition unless they have a Twitter Blue or Twitter Verified Organizations subscription.
Only those paying for Twitter Blue, which in the US would cost $8/month (approximately Rs. 700) via the web and $11/month (about Rs. 900) through in-app payment on iOS and Android, will have individual Twitter users with verified blue checkmarks.
The business previously declared that Twitter Blue was now accessible everywhere.
“We will start shutting down our old verified program and remove historical verified checkmarks on April 1. Anyone can register for Twitter Blue in order to maintain their blue checkmark on Twitter “From its official handle, Twitter posted. Twitter has not yet made clear how it would handle accounts belonging to users who have been tagged as “notable” on the platform.
Twitter recently changed the checkmark for government accounts from gray to gold for businesses and brands. As previously mentioned, a subscription to the social network’s new Twitter Verified Organizations program in the U.S. will cost $1,000/month (plus tax) and $50/month (plus tax) for each additional affiliate subaccount. This is the only method to maintain a gold or grey check-mark badge.
Twitter first offered verified accounts in 2009 to make it easier for users to tell which accounts “of public interest”—celebrities, politicians, businesses and brands, news organizations, etc.—were legitimate and which were impostor or parody accounts. Formerly, the business didn’t charge for verification.
Within two weeks of the acquisition, Musk introduced Twitter Blue, which included the check-mark emblem as one of the premium benefits.