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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Twitter blue subscriptions suspended

 This was one hiccup of the Elon Musk era of Twitter, $8/mo for Twitter Blue to be verified. It wasn't a bad idea, you want to be verified you had to pay some money. Some took it for granted including the so-called progressives of Twitter, indeed Musk trolled the hell out of Congresswoman AOC for her complaints about having to pay to be verified.

Of course, the basic $8 to be verified whether or not you are a public official or even a public figure or even a well known entity such as a foundation or a company caused some hiccups. Via Crain's:

Twitter is struggling with impostor accounts since the company allowed paying subscribers to get verified blue check marks. One account posing as Indianapolis-based pharma giant Eli Lilly & Co. tweeted that insulin was now free — forcing the company to issue an apology. “We apologize to those who have been served a misleading message from a fake Lilly account,” the official account tweeted. Eli Lilly's stock then fell 4.9% on Friday.

The company has also reinstated “official” badges for high-profile accounts, with the gray badge reappearing below the profiles of businesses and major media outlets Friday based on an internal approved list, according to the person. The identification marker was rolled out earlier this week before being scrapped.

 Well before it was temporarily scrapped I was thinking about being part of the verified crowd and becoming one of the "cool kids". Which well I'm not a public figure of any kind so there's really no great need just a boost for the ole ego.

Either way, insure organizations and public figures get verified have them go through the process - which is probably used to be done in the beginning anyway before it being connected with Twitter Blue. I don't think it's unreasonable to have verified people pay a subscription to the blue checkmark.

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