Twitter promises to remove the legacy blue checks soon and this time around, Twitter is actually serious. The legacy blue checks are going away on April 20th, maybe.
Twitter Legacy Blue Checks
Twitter today reiterated that it is going to be taking away legacy verified checkmarks on Thursday, April 20th. Yes, that does simply mean that Elon Musk’s Twitter now intends to remove the last vestiges of what he once dubbed the “lords & peasants system” on 4/20.
The thing here is that I really will not believe Twitter until it actually gets to happen. The company initially has said that it would “start” removing checkmarks on April 1st, but as far as I know, that hasn’t been the case. Well, Twitter has however removed the verified checkmark badge of The New York Times after the publication stated that it will not pay the reported high fees for organizational accounts, but Musk had to make sure that happened one time.
Will the Reported Change Happen This Time
And this April 20th date is not new as Musk has previously tweeted about it on April 11th. But now that the verified account of Twitter is tweeting the date, it feels like it could actually happen for real this time around.
How Will the Platform Effect the Change
We really do not know if the blue checkmark badges will go away slowly or in one fell swoop for the now. And given that taking away the badges is a “largely manual process,” as per The Washington Post, I wouldn’t be very surprised here if there are some glitches and hiccups with the process. When reached out for comment on the matter, Twitter’s press email replied with a poop emoji, as it is its most recent tradition.
What Will Happen If Twitter Goes Ahead With the Stipulated Change
And assuming that the social media platform does go through with the change, it means that if you want a blue verified checkmark, you are going to pay or subscribe for Twitter Blue which at the moment is available worldwide and it recently rolled out a couple of ads for subscribers. But given that now paying for Blue has turned into something of a meme to the extent that the platform has even explored a feature to hide your checkmark, I am really skeptical that users will even subscribe to the service to make the acquisition of Musk worth the cost.
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