Twitter Restores Blue Tick For Users With Over 1 Million Followers
Twitter has started restoring the blue tick badges, free of cost, to several accounts that have over one million followers. This comes after the microblogging platform removed the blue checks from multiple high-profile accounts across the world. Just a few days ago, the platform started removing the legacy blue tick from all accounts that did not pay the subscription fee for the badges
The highly celebrated blue ticks have now been returning to most celebrity accounts who lost the badges earlier. Top cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, who lost the blue tick mark on their Twitter handles, have also got them back, reported news agency PTI.
However, there was no immediate clarity on whether or not these accounts with reinstated blue ticks have paid for the verification. Although the company is restoring the blue tick, there is no official statement from Twitter on the matter so far, reported PTI.
In Nigeria, top politicians including President-elect, Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi, who had been earlier stripped now have their blue tick restored. Billionaires Tony Elumelu and Aliko Dangote have also had their badges restored.
Celebrities including popular singers Davido, Wizkid, and Tiwa Savage, among others have also become verified again after being stripped on Thursday.
While neither Twitter nor Elon Musk had made any comment regarding the restoration of some blue ticks even when the account owners had not subscribed, Nairametrics gathered that Musk was restoring the check mark for individuals with over 1 million followers.
Earlier in a tweet, Musk had said that he was paying for the Blue Ticks for LeBron James, Stephen King, and William Shatner. James has 52.7 million followers on Twitter while King has 7.1 million. Shatner has 2.5 million followers.
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