Twitter verification badge wahala
As a consequence of Twitter’s new policy requiring an $8 monthly cost for account verification, most Ghanaian celebrities have lost their Twitter verification badge.
The majority of celebrities have not yet signed up for the new policy, thus their verification badge, which was previously shown next to their profile name, has been withdrawn.
Sarkodie, Bridget Otoo, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Samini, Efya, D-Black, Serwaa Amihere, and Black Sherif all lost their blue badges.
However, media personality, Nana Aba Anamoah still has a blue badge attached to her account with the notification: “This account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.”
Elon Musk’s Twitter began deleting blue verification checkmarks from users who had not signed up for the service on Thursday.
The checks started to disappear from the professors’, journalists’, and renowned people’s accounts. Even some of the most well-known and well-liked Twitter users, including co-founder Jack Dorsey, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Bill Gates, Pope Francis, and former president Donald Trump, had their blue checks vanish.
Other government entities, including the main US Citizenship and Immigration Services account and accounts for some state Customs and Border Patrol offices, also lost their blue checks, which weren’t immediately replaced with the grey checks Twitter has designated for government accounts.
The initial rollout of the change looked to have some problems because blue checks on some accounts disappeared and then reappeared. It originally didn’t seem like other well-known legacy verified accounts had misplaced their checks.
The change — and its confusing rollout — threatens to create an even greater risk of impersonation of high-profile users and confusion over the veracity of information on the platform.
“Though we have lost our checkmark, this is the official USCIS twitter account,” the government agency wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “Please beware of imposter accounts.”