The blue tick for “The New York Times” on Twitter was removed after it declared it would not pay to maintain its verified status.
After stating they will be included in a monthly subscription starting on April 1, Twitter has begun removing verification badges from accounts that already received a blue tick.
The “New York Times,” along with a number of other organisations and famous people, declared they would not purchase the tick.
Elon Musk responded by attacking the newspaper with a barrage of obscenities. Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, posted on the social media site, “The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda isn’t even fascinating.” “Furthermore, their feed has the same Twitter quality as diarrhoea.” That is illegible. Moreover, he said
“The New York Times” and Twitter have not replied to Mr. Musk’s remarks in a formal manner.
According to Twitter’s new policies, blue ticks that previously indicated official, verified accounts will begin to be taken away from accounts that do not pay for them.
Instead, organisations looking for verification badges must spend $1,000 (£810) per month to get a gold verification tick, while personal accounts must pay $8 (£6.40) per month to get a blue one.
However, there have been concerns raised that without the verification process, it will be challenging to distinguish between real accounts and impersonators. The subscription service will bring in money for Twitter.
“The New York Times” announced it would not pay the subscription price and would not pay to have its journalists’ Twitter accounts verified, with the exception of “a few circumstances where this status would be vital for reporting purposes,” a spokeswoman said.
The newspaper, which has approximately 55 million Twitter followers, lost its verification badge as a result of the announcement.
Nevertheless, it’s unclear if all organisations need to sign up for the subscription service to continue being verified.
According to a Twitter internal memo, 10,000 of the most popular organisations on Twitter will be excluded from the rules, as reported by “the New York Times.”
There seems to be a steady elimination of the blue ticks. The Washington Post, citing former employees of the corporation, suggests that this may be because the procedure is primarily manual.
Celebrities with blue ticks still have Twitter verification, including American basketball legend LeBron James, who previously stated he would not be paying for it. Ice-T, a rapper from the US, has also voiced his disapproval of the new fee-paying scheme.