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Twitter verification badge wipeout to begin today as per the latest communication.

On Thursday, April 20th, Twitter once again stated its intention to remove verified checkmarks that are considered outdated. This includes the removal of the last vestiges of the “lords & peasants system” once referred to by Elon Musk. However, it is important to note that until action is taken, it is difficult to fully trust Twitter’s plans. Although the company previously announced that the removal process would begin on April 1st, there have been no reports of any significant progress so far. There was an exception with The New York Times‘ verified checkmark, which was removed by Twitter after the publication refused to pay the high fees associated with organizational accounts. It appears that Musk had a hand in making sure that happened.

The April 20th badge removal date has been circulating since Elon Musk first mentioned it on Twitter on April 11th. However, now that the Verified Twitter account has also tweeted about it, it feels like it could finally happen this time.

Twitter Badges mattered

Twitter verification badges used to carry significant cultural significance by signalling the credibility and authenticity of the message’s source. As one source puts it, “It was a way of saying, ‘We know who is behind that account, and we vouch for them.'” However, this cultural meaning is now changing as the social medai platform announces its plans to remove legacy badges and limit blue check marks only to paying customers.

Starting from April 1st, the company will phase out its legacy verified program, signalling a new era for how compan handles identity verification on its platform. The widespread removal of verification badges on Twitter could have a significant impact on the platform’s various systems, from recommendation algorithms to spam filters and even help centre requests.

Verification badges have historically played a critical role in Twitter’s operations, serving as a key signal in numerous areas. For instance, they are used to determine whether a public figure’s tweet should be given priority placement in a user’s timeline. As such, the removal of these badges has the potential to cause major disruptions across the website.

Why pay for the verification badge

The users who pay approximately $8 per month for Twitter Blue will not only receive several other features but also be included in the small subset of accounts to be boosted to Twitter’s “For You” page. Twitter is now requiring a valid phone number and payment to attain the blue check, effectively making it harder for spammers to flood the site with scams, as they are unlikely to pay such a significant amount.

It remains unclear whether all accounts will lose their verification or if some will be grandfathered in, and Twitter may also delay the rollout timeline. While news organizations like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post have declared that they will not pay for verification for their reporters or organizations, there may be a few rare exceptions, according to The New York Times.

How will the badges be removed

Despite these developments, neither Twitter CEO Elon Musk nor Twitter has responded to requests for comment. So, it’s unclear if the blue checkmark badges will disappear gradually or all at once. According to The Washington Post, removing the badges is a “largely manual process,” which could lead to glitches in the system. When asked about the badge removal, Twitter’s press email replied with a poop emoji, which has only added to the mystery surrounding the process.

Assuming the badge removal does occur, Twitter Blue subscribers will be the only ones eligible for blue verified checkmarks. Twitter recently updated the verification label to say, “This account is verified because it’s subscribed to Twitter Blue or is a legacy verified account. This made it more difficult to distinguish between the Twitter blue subscribers and legacy verified subscribers and it is yet to see whether this label will go away once the legacy subscribers are removed.

Although Twitter Blue has rolled out globally and features fewer ads for subscribers, paying for the service has become a running joke on the platform. In fact, Twitter has even explored a feature to hide your checkmark, given the backlash against the idea of paying for verification. With this in mind, it remains to be seen whether enough people will subscribe to make Musk’s $44 billion acquisition worth the cost.

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