Twitter restores blue tick for free for high profile accounts

Beyonce, Harry Kane, Richard Osman, and Victoria Beckham are among those who have withdrawn their blue ticks.

Some news organizations, including BBC News, were also awarded gold badges without paying.

Before the platform was acquired by Elon Musk, the blue tick was a free verification badge given by Twitter.

It was originally used as an authentication tool designed to stop fake accounts and the spread of misinformation.

Now, there is an icon that an account has subscribed to a premium service called Twitter Blue, and there is a verification process once the payment is made.

There are various prices depending on where the subscription is made, but the average is around $8 per month.

Those who received a blue tick from the original verification process and decided not to pay the subscription fee began losing their ticks on April 20.

Publisher James O’Brien, who has 1.1 million followers, is one of those who took it back after losing the blue tick.

He confirmed that he didn’t pay for his account.

He also stated that some accounts with less than 1 million followers had their blue ticks restored “at the sole discretion of Elon Musk.”

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