Twitter made two significant announcements. Twitter Blue, its premium subscription service, is now available globally. Anyone can pay the company to gain access to additional features and have a blue tick next to their handle. Second, beginning April 1, the social network will remove legacy verified checkmarks. Unless they subscribe to Twitter Blue, accounts that were verified before Elon Musk took over the company will lose their blue checkmarks.
Twitter has also announced the second phase of the plan. It will no longer honour the coveted checkmark that users earned after meeting several criteria established by the company beginning this April fool’s Day. Instead, it forces them to purchase a Twitter Blue subscription in order to keep the blue tick.