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Sergio Ramos publicly slams Elon Musk on Twitter Verification Policies after Legacy Blue Checkmarks were removed.

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Sergio Ramos slams Elon Musk on Twitter verification policy
Sergio Ramos slams Elon Musk

PSG Defender, Sergio Ramos criticizes Elon Musk for Controversial Twitter Verification Policy after Twitter removes ‘Legacy’ verified Blue Ticks.

On Wednesday, Twitter made an announcement that caused a stir among verified account holders. Starting Friday, legacy verified checkmarks would be removed from their profiles as per the new Twitter verification policy. This does not, however, mean that users can no longer acquire the desired blue tick. Simply register for Twitter Blue, which was started by none other than Elon Musk.

Twitter Blue costs $8 per month if you join up online or $11 if you do so from an Apple-owned device if you’re interested in getting the new blue badge. This may seem like a high cost for verification, but for individuals who appreciate their online profile and want to stand out on the site, it’s a tiny amount to pay.

What’s Twitter Blue in new twitter verification?

A subscription-based service named “Twitter Blue” has recently been introduced by the well-known social media network Twitter. The service, which costs $2.99 a month or $84 for a year, has several features like the opportunity to modify tweets, the choice to reverse a tweet that has already been posted, and a blue profile verification check.

Elon Musk, who purchased Twitter for a staggering £38.1 billion in October 2022, revealed that he will personally pay for Twitter Blue for just three people. Nevertheless, not everyone has praised this decision.

Many well-known people are now missing the blue verification mark on their accounts due to the elimination of the legacy verification system on Friday.

Sergio Ramos calls out Elon Musk

This caused a stir on social media, and Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos was one of the many individuals affected. In a post on Twitter, he called out Musk for “forcing payments” in order for users to secure a verified checkmark.

The action has spurred a discussion on whether the blue verification mark should be granted to people who meet specific requirements, such as having a sizable following or being a public figure, as opposed to simply those who pay for it. The continual conflict between social media platforms, their users, and the ratio of free and paid services is highlighted by this circumstance.

Eliminating blue badges, enforcing payments, and making money are some of [Elon Musk’s] strategies, he tweeted;  Making [Twitter] a better place, eradicating hatred, and fostering respect are potential goals. Just a thought.

In the aforementioned tweet, Ramos included Musk’s handle, but the 51-year-old billionaire has not yet reacted. Social media users praised the 37-year-old Spanish centre-back for his message to Musk, who has alienated Twitter users with his use of the service.

One supporter remarked, “Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine Ramos cooking Elon Musk on Twitter.”

Another tweet read: “Thanks, Ramos. Oh my, it feels strange to say that.”

Another user on Twitter only typed “Massive W.”

Should this be displayed on a billboard? Perfect,” a fourth tacked on.

Fifth said, “Legend shares thoughts on blue badges.”

Sixth added, “[Elon Musk] this is not the way to build a better network, many of us have already indicated it.”

Elon Musk personally paid for LeBron James and two more

Elon Musk acknowledged that he is ‘personally paying’ for three high-profile figures, including LeBron James, to subscribe to the Twitter Blue service.

The CEO of Tesla, recently revealed that he personally funded Twitter Blue subscriptions for three prominent individuals, including LeBron James. Musk’s takeover of the social media platform in October 2022 has sparked controversy, as users have expressed concerns about his ownership of Twitter.

Last October, Musk completed his eye-watering £38.1 billion acquisition of the social media site, leaving users conflicted over his ownership of Twitter. Under Musk’s leadership, Twitter Blue was launched, offering exclusive features such as an edit button and a blue checkmark for subscribers. The subscription service costs $8 per month for those who sign up via Twitter’s homepage on the web browser, while Apple device users are charged $11.

The criticism continues for the new Twitter verification policy

The social media site Twitter stated that it would eliminate the outdated, or “legacy,” verified checkmarks as part of the launch of Twitter Blue. Wednesday saw a message from the Twitter Verified account that read, “Tomorrow, 4/20, we are removing legacy verified checkmarks.”

Since then, a number of prominent athletes have lost their Twitter verification, including Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr.

LeBron James, a basketball player, said earlier this year that he would not pay for Twitter Blue and criticised the removal of blue checkmarks. He tweeted in March, “Welp, guess my blue [checkmark] will be gone soon because if you know me, I ain’t paying the 5 [dollars].”

Elon Musk recently disclosed that he personally paid for three Twitter Blue subscriptions, including one for LeBron James, a legend in the NBA.

In addition to LeBron James, Elon Musk has personally funded Twitter Blue subscriptions for two other individuals: William Shatner, best known for his role in Star Trek, and acclaimed author Stephen King.

Recently, King took to Twitter to express surprise that he remained verified on the platform despite not signing up for Twitter Blue. He wrote, “My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.”

Musk responded to King’s tweet with a brief message, saying, “You’re welcome namaste.” It’s worth noting that King has been a vocal critic of Musk in the past, making this exchange somewhat unexpected.

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