Twitter to restore blue tick for users with 1M+ followers.
Twitter recently removed the legacy blue tick from all accounts, and now only paid subscribers can have a blue checkmark and access to some brand-new features through Twitter Blue.
Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has reportedly made some exceptions for people who have not enrolled for the service by restoring the blue badge of users with reportedly over a million followers.
Several users who have at least one million Twitter followers discovered today that the blue ticks they had until Friday, April 20 have returned to their accounts. But the blue checks that were restored display that the accounts are verified because they are paying for Twitter Blue.
Celebrities and noted personalities who lost their blue ticks because of the new update, such as Bollywood actors like Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, former US President Donald Trump, and billionaire Bill Gates, have the blue checkmark back on their profile. However, it is not clear whether they have paid for the verification or not.
Even profiles of deceased celebrities and noted personalities, such as Sushant Singh Rajput, Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor, singer Michael Jackson, basketball player Kobe Bryant, and cricketer Shane Warne, have a verified checkmark next to their account indicating that they are subscribed to the new paid verification feature.
It is noted that the Co-Founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who has 6.5 million followers on the platform, still does not have the blue badge next to his profile.
Elon Musk had stated that he is “personally paying” for the Twitter Blue subscriptions of some celebrities to keep their checkmark, such as basketball star LeBron James, Star Trek star William Shatner, and author Stephen King, after they had publicly announced that they would not sign up for the paid service.