Twitter Badge –Twitter management is now restoring back blue checkmarks to its users who had over 1 million followers.
The Elon Musk-run company has made the changes to its verification badge system, and it seems that users with more than one million followers will retain the badges free of charge.
Seemingly because Twitter didn’t want to lose such vital numbers after many public figures threatened to wage a war against the exercise.
The move saw some politicians, celebrities, media companies and journalists regain their badges, including CNN journalist Larry Madowo, Lawyer Ahmednasir, Miguna Miguna, media houses, as well as high-profile individuals like former US President Donald Trump, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, footballer Christiano Ronaldo, and musician Beyonce.
The decision to remove the blue verification badge for some Twitter users who failed to pay a monthly subscription fee of sh 972 ($8) for Twitter Blue was met with mixed reactions. Many Twitter users had objected to the changes.
On Sunday, Larry Madowo expressed his confusion on Twitter about the sudden return of his blue verification badge.
“I woke up to a blue checkmark again. I haven’t paid for Twitter Blue. Reports say Elon Musk has given it back to “legacy verified” accounts with over 1 million followers. What’s going on?” he posed.
In Kenya, there sprouted so many fake accounts impersonating major media houses in the country and it was difficult to differentiate the handles with the authentic ones.
Among the media houses which suffered this brunt include Citizen, NTV, Kenyans, among a few others.
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