Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, there have been a lot of changes, a few of which people liked, others not so much. One perfect example is the case of the Twitter verified checkmark.
Twitter verified checkmark
Before Elon Musk’s takeover, that blue checkmark beside a user’s display name simply indicated that they are a verified account. This means that they’re legit and they went through a whole verification process and everything. The verified checkmark is usually given to government officials and institutions, media accounts and journalists, brands, celebrities, and other prominent personalities/groups who might be susceptible to being impersonated.
After Musk bought Twitter, he jumbled things around and started to allow other users to have access to that verified checkmark. Twitter users who join the app’s paid subscription service, Twitter Blue, get a special badge that indicates their part of the said program — except instead of making an all-new badge, he just decided to use the same checkmark that indicates a verified account. Instead, a new “Official” label has been added under the username of an account verified as official.
A lot of folks have asked about how you’ll be able to distinguish between @TwitterBlue subscribers with blue checkmarks and accounts that are verified as official, which is why we’re introducing the “Official” label to select accounts when we launch. pic.twitter.com/0p2Ae5nWpO
— Esther Crawford ✨ (@esthercrawford) November 8, 2022
Ergo, users can simply pay Twitter $8 to look extra special on Twitter with a verified badge. And a lot of users who aren’t as up-to-date with the changes are ending up confused.
Why the confusion? Even though Twitter Blue was supposed to properly verify the accounts paying for a badge, the verification process was clearly lacking. Some Twitter users managed to get badges for fake accounts, then proceeded to tweet something outrageous and/or scandalous. And since they have a checkmark beside their name, many users ended up confused due to the new change.
the new Twitter verification system is going well pic.twitter.com/7eH2H7o24W
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) November 9, 2022
Twitter has peaked. pic.twitter.com/VBPnQsNOwh
— Dyylas (@DylanDyylas) November 12, 2022
fun fact: these Twitter Blue checkmarks are, more or less, fake!
they are under a separate property called “is_blue_verified” while “verified” (under a legacy key for whatever reason) is false pic.twitter.com/USB7AuKKOQ
— † lucia scarlet 🩸 (@shadowbIood) November 9, 2022
Hence, a quick installation of an extension can replace the badge for Blue-verified users. Twitter users have banded together and did the work for you with her extension, which turns the Twitter Blue verified checkmarks into, well, a nerd emoji. You just need to install a userscript browser extension (e.g. ViolentMonkey) to be able to import it.
— feels like falling (@chaoticvibing) November 9, 2022
Twitter Blue on pause?
Following the slew of impersonations on the social media site, Twitter is allegedly pulling the break on the paid services of Twitter Blue, especially when it comes to the Twitter Blue checkmark. However, only new users will be unable to use the feature, as those existing subscribers can have access to other Blue features.
The announcement was posted on Slack: “An update on what we did tonight: hid the entry point to Twitter Blue, added the ‘official’ label for ONLY advertisers. Note: here is at least one way for users to sign up for Blue. Legacy Blue users can go to subscriptions and upgrade” 2/
— Zoë Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) November 11, 2022
There has been no official announcement on when the feature will come back for new Blue subscribers — if at all.