Elon Musk said Twitter will finally move to remove the old blue checkmarks on April 20 or April 20 because he can’t let go of that joke. This is the “cutting date,” he said in a tweet. If the move goes through, Twitter will only have verification tokens for paid users and businesses, and government agencies and officials.
The company initially announced last month that the deprecated checkmarks will be removed on April 1. But like many deadlines promised by Musk, the date passed and nothing happened.
Earlier this month, in a now-deleted tweetpointed out to Musk that the company would give “a few weeks’ respite” to outdated verified accounts.
Last month, Musk also said that starting April 15, Twitter will stop recommending unauthenticated accounts on its “For You” algorithmic timeline. subscribed to Twitter Blue or is an outdated verified account. This made it more difficult for people to differentiate between Twitter Blue subscribers and outdated verified accounts.
The social network is also reportedly working on government ID verification, which will allow Twitter Blue users to use them hide their checkmarks.
In addition, Musk has urged companies and media brands to pay for organizational verification that costs $1,000 per month. He took the New York Times verification mark after the publication refused to pay for it. Aside from NYT, other publications such as the Washington Post and Politico have also said they will not pay any fees for verification.