Twitter has removed a confirmation email from the main account of The New York Times, one of CEO Elon Musk’s most despised news organizations.
The removal has come to many of Twitter’s high profile users are included due to the loss of blue markings that have helped to verify their identity and distinguish them from imposters on social media platforms.
Musk, who owns Twitter, put out notifications on Saturday for verified users to buy a premium Twitter subscription or lose the blocks on their profiles. The Times reported in a Thursday story that Twitter would not pay for verification of its institutional accounts.
Early Sunday, Musk tweeted that the Times brand would be withdrawn. He later took to Twitter to criticize the newspaper’s statements and aggressively reported flaws with part of the automated driving systems at Tesla, the electric car company he also runs.
Other times it counts as its business news and opinion pages still had either blue or gold markings on Sunday, as did several reporters for the news organization.
“We don’t want to pay a monthly fee for a brand checking account for our institutional Twitter accounts,” the Times said in a statement Sunday. “We also require reporters for Twitter Blue to not pay for personal accounts, except in rare instances where this status would be essential for reporting purposes,” the newspaper said in a statement on Sunday.
The Associated Press, which also said it would not pay for the check notes, still had them in its accounts on Sunday afternoon.
Twitter did not respond to emailed questions Sunday about the removal of the New York check-in period.
The cost of hosting brands ranges from $8 per month for individual web users to a starting price of $1,000 per month for a certified organization, plus $50 per month for each affiliate or employee account. Twitter doesn’t disclose the details of the accounts it claims to be monitoring, as it did with previous blue payments to public figures and others in the pre-Musk administration.
While the cost of Twitter Blue Subscriptions may seem like nothing to the most famous Twitter commentators, celebrity users from basketball star LeBron James to William Shatner have joined Star Trek. Alexander Seinfeld bet Jason’s actor would leave the platform if Musk removed the blue check.
The White House is also going through the motions in writing awards, according to a memo sent to staff. While Twitter has granted a free gray badge to President Joe Biden and members of his cabinet, lower-level Twitter staff won’t have the blue badge unless they pay for it themselves.
Alexander the actor said that there are bigger things in the world but without the blue note, “who can be me”, if he lost, he is gone.
“Anyone appearing with him = impostor. I’m telling you this while I’m still an official,” he tweeted.
After buying Twitter for $ 44 billion in October, Musk tried to increase the platform’s revenue by focusing on getting more people to pay for a premium subscription. But his move also reflects his assertion that the blue verification marks have become an undeserved or “corrupt” status symbol for elite personalities, news reporters and others granted free verification by Twitter’s previous leadership.
With the most famous protection from impersonators, one of Twitter’s main reasons for marking profiles with the blue character for about 14 years was starting to be politicians, activists and people who suddenly prove themselves in the knowledge, and journalists in small publications little known around the globe, as a foreign tool to check misinformation coming from accounts that are impersonated people. Most “blue legacy checks” are not household names and are not meant to be.
One of Musk’s first product moves after being taken over by Twitter was to launch a service that would pay anyone willing to pay $8 a month for blue logs. But it was quickly inundated with impostor accounts, including those impersonating Nintendo, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Mosk businesses Tesla and SpaceX, which forced Twitter to temporarily suspend service after its launch.
The launch service costs $8 per month for web users and $11 per month for those using its iPhone or Android apps. Subscribers are expected to see fewer ads, be able to post longer videos and have their tweets featured more prominently.
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