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Pay and get blue tick on Twitter

In the recent past, the most precious blue tick that used to give celebrity status to a profile has been removed from many celebrity accounts.

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Currently, Twitter is one of the most popular and influential social networks for all age groups. Efficient use of Twitter is also one of the issues that many people care about. 

Having a blue tick next to your profile name was a status symbol. A blue tick indicates that a Twitter account has been verified as authentic by Twitter. The account belongs to a public figure, celebrity, brand, or organization of public interest. Earlier Accounts that meet Twitter’s verification criteria are granted a blue tick badge, which appears next to the account’s name and handle on their profile and in search results. The blue tick helps establish credibility and authenticity for the account, but it does not guarantee the quality or accuracy of its content. Whatever the case, there was always a struggle to get that blue tick.

Now that this blue tick is no longer a privilege or prerogative of those celebrities, even the commoners can decorate their profiles with this tick and feel like celebrities. This is the only thing that you should afford to do. Twitter has launched a subscription service allowing users to buy blue-tick verification for a monthly fee of $7.99. Now, it looks like the official price for the Twitter Blue Subscription in India is out, and it is quite surprising as the price is claimed to be Rs. 719 per month.

Twitter Blue is available for select iOS devices in India as of now. So, if you are an iOS user, Twitter Blue might be available for you. Here’s how you can check it. Verified accounts are more likely to be seen and recommended by Twitter’s algorithms, which can increase the account’s reach and visibility. Verified accounts are more likely to attract followers and engagement, as users tend to trust and engage with verified accounts more than unverified ones.

In the recent past, the most precious blue tick that used to give celebrity status to a profile has been removed from many celebrity accounts. Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, politicians like CM Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi, and cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others have lost their verified blue ticks from their Twitter accounts. Micro-blogging site Twitter removed the verified blue ticks from most of the celebrity accounts. The only individual Twitter users who have verified blue check marks are those paying for Twitter Blue, which costs USD 8/month via the web and USD 11/month through in-app payment on iOS and Android. Initially, the blue tick served as a way of protecting well-known individuals from impersonation and tackling false information.

Earlier in March, Twitter posted from their official handle, “On April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified check marks.” To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue. Twitter first introduced the blue check mark system in 2009 to help users identify that celebrities, politicians, companies and brands, news organizations, and other accounts “of public interest” were genuine and not impostors or parody accounts. The company didn’t previously charge for verification. Musk launched Twitter Blue with the check-mark badge as one of the premium perks within two weeks of the company’s takeover last year.

However, it’s important to note that the “blue tick” badge is not a guarantee of an account’s quality or content. Users should always evaluate the information they consume on Twitter critically, regardless of whether the account is verified or not. Twitter halted its account verification program, saying that it aims to improve the application and review process to give users that elusive blue badge. Last month, Twitter said it mistakenly approved the verification applications of a small number of inauthentic (fake) accounts.

In May, Twitter launched its new verification application process, beginning with six categories, and reviewing public applications globally to help users earn the blue badge on the micro-blogging platform. Twitter suspended the verification way back in 2017, before launching it this year.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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