Twitter to ‘remove legacy verified check marks’ on Thursday

Unless you’re subscribed to Twitter Blue, you may lose your verified check mark for good

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If you have a verified blue check mark on your Twitter account, you might lose it tomorrow, April 20.

According to a post from Twitter Verified, users who have grandfathered their blue check mark in before all of the changes Musk has put in place could lose it on April 20 unless the user is paying for it through Twitter Blue.

Musk announced early on after taking over Twitter that he would remove the blue check marks obtained by Hollywood stars, professional athletes, authors, journalists and more, unless they start paying for the Twitter Blue monthly subscription, which costs $8 a month, or currently $84 per year -- 12% off the original price of $96 per year.

According to The Associated Press, the platform has removed at least one verified check this month, from the main account of The New York Times. However, many still have their blue check marks.

What does a blue check mark mean?

A Twitter account with a verified blue check mark is used to indicate that the business or individual was an “official” and that their account was deemed credible.

However, now that the blue check mark is easily accessible through the Twitter Blue program, the symbol may lose its credibility.

Musk also announced that on April 15, only verified accounts would appear in Twitter’s new “For You” feed, which could help boost visibility with Twitter Blue accounts, the AP reports.

If someone does subscribe to Twitter Blue, there are several features that come along with it, aside from the check mark.

According to Twitter, the user will be able to publish longer tweets, edit a tweet, see fewer advertisements on the platform, NFT profile pictures, and more. You can learn about the program here.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.