Elon Musk’s Twitter will start removing legacy verified checkmarks starting April 1st. The company made the announcement on Thursday, tweeting, “we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks.” Accounts wishing to stay verified must subscribe to Twitter Blue.
In November, Musk hinted Twitter was working on revoking legacy verification. “Far too many corrupt legacy Blue ‘verification’ checkmarks exist, so no choice but to remove legacy Blue in the coming months,” Musk tweeted. On the same day it announced it is removing legacy verified checkmarks; the company also announced its Twitter Blue paid verification service is available globally. Accounts wishing to keep or get the verified blue checkmark must pay $11/month on iOS and Android and $8/month via the web. The company also offers a discounted $84 fee for those wishing to subscribe annually.
In December, Twitter announced it was rolling out Blue for Business. Business accounts can be identified with gold checkmarks, while government accounts get grey checkmarks. Governments and Businesses will have to pay $1,000/month to keep their gold and grey checkmarks and an additional $50/month for affiliate subaccounts.
Despite making Blue available globally, the service is still missing features the company promised. Prioritised ranking in conversations and the ability to see half as many ads are still listed as “Coming Soon” on the signup page for Blue but other perks such as longer videos and 1080p uploads, an edit tweet button, and bookmark folders are all available.