So anyone (who pays the $8 per month) with a Twitter Blue subscription automagically get the ‘verified’ (blue checkmark) badge and we saw how well that is working with several people getting their accounts banned over the weekend for impersonating Elon Musk with their own ‘verified’ Twitter accounts. To combat this (and to add even more confusion) Twitter is going to roll out (after the US mid term elections are over) an ‘Official’ Badge from some ‘High Profile’ accounts.
“Not all previously verified accounts will get the ‘Official’ label and the label is not available for purchase,” explained product manager Esther Crawford in a tweet. “Accounts that will receive it include government accounts, commercial companies, business partners, major media outlets, publishers and some public figures.”.
The official badge seems like it will essentially represent what blue checks used to denote . . . which should not be confusing at all for over 200 million creatures of habit who log onto the bird app every day.
“The new Twitter Blue does not include ID verification — it’s an opt-in, paid subscription that offers a blue checkmark and access to select features,” Crawford continued in a Twitter thread. “We’ll continue to experiment with ways to differentiate between account types.”
So, yes you have read that correctly the Blue Checkmark which used to represent ‘Verified Accounts’ is now merely a ‘status symbol’ for those who are paid Twitter Blue subscribers. Yeah, good luck educating 200+ million users that blue checkmark does not mean the account belongs to a ‘verified’ user anymore. It would have been better instead to give the Twitter Blue subscribers a different bandage, not one previously used to denote a verified account user. Oh wait, that would be logical and there is nothing logical about Chief Twit.