If your Twitter profile page is currently showing a blue checkmark and you don’t plan to subscribe to Twitter Blue, expect to lose the mark before long.
Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, aforementioned He added on Monday that “all old blue checks” would be removed “in a few months”, adding that the way they were issued was “corrupt and pointless”.
The blue badge is supposed to act as a mark of authenticity and is currently attached to prominent people’s accounts as defined by Twitter’s former bodyguard.
But after that, anyone who subscribes to Twitter Blue, Twitter’s premium tier that offers some extra features over non-Blue Twitter, will be given a blue tick.
Registration for Twitter Blue resumed on Monday. Tier costs $8 a month for signups via the web and $11 a month via an iPhone or iPad—Twitter’s way of dealing with Apple taking a 30% cut on in-app purchases made via an iOS device. Android users can join Blue on the web.
Twitter describes its new approach to blue checkmarks at: a post on the website.
It says a blue checkmark is attached to “active, notable, and real accounts in the public interest that Twitter has independently verified against specific requirements.” But from now on, only accounts that signed up for Twitter Blue will be eligible to receive the blue tick after the user has been verified.
To subscribe, the account must be active within the last 30 days. To get or keep the blue mark, the account must display a display name and profile photo and have a confirmed phone number.
Twitter says the account must “make no recent changes to your profile photo, display name or username” and show no signs of “misleading or deceptive” or “dealing with platform manipulation and spam.”
Adds that any changes to an account’s profile photo, display name, or username will cause the blue checkmark to temporarily disappear until the account is verified.
In a further revamp of the verification system, corporate accounts on Twitter will receive a gold checkmark, while government accounts will receive a gray checkmark.
In other Twitter news, Musk recently suggested that the tweet limit was set to 4,000 characters, which is a huge increase from the current 280-character limit.