Elon Musk and co. are making a significant change to Twitter beginning this month — and it is going have an effect on nearly each verified celeb on the market … a lot of whom aren’t joyful about it.
After all, we’re speaking in regards to the coveted blue checkmarks — which, for years, have served because the official verification system on the fowl app … to differentiate outstanding public figures and different individuals of notice from all of the normies. Phrase is, that is all coming to an finish in April.
Going ahead, Elon has stated he’ll begin charging individuals $8/month for Twitter Blue subscriptions — giving ’em the choice to purchase their blue examine. Not simply that, however he is discontinuing legacy verifications … that stripping-down is meant to start out at present, April 1st.
In different phrases, all the celebs which have loved official verification standing are going to be similar to the remainder of us — and a very good handful are already mourning, Chrissy Teigen included.
She jokingly bid her blue examine standing farewell with a cheeky response … indicating she ain’t ponying up the money to remain verified. Ditto for a ton of different celebs, a few of whom appear genuinely peeved about this. Jason Alexander says he is outta right here if he loses his examine.
William Shatner additionally lately sounded fairly aggravated by the shortage of checks and balances in Twitter’s new area, writing … “Hey @elonmusk what’s this about blue checks going away except we pay Twitter? I’ve been right here for 15 years giving my ⏰ & witty ideas all for bupkis. Now you’re telling me that I’ve to pay for one thing you gave me totally free? What’s this-the Colombia Information & Tape Membership?” And Dionne Warwick, too, griped about it.
She writes, “I’m not paying for a blue examine. That cash might (and can) be going in direction of my additional scorching lattes.” Ice-T stated one thing related this week … vowing to go blue check-less if push involves shove. As we reported … LeBron James promised one thing related.
A whole lot of stars appear to be prepared to lose their verification if it means they gotta pay, however as of now — nearly everybody nonetheless has their checks … so perhaps that is an April Fools’ joke?
Most likely not. Only a couple days in the past, Elon was pointing of us within the route of Twitter’s Verified Organizations system — which appears geared towards ensuring firms, information orgs and different notable entities proceed to remain verified on Twitter … sans impersonation.
Everybody else, although — together with particular person journos, and so on. — might need to shell out if they need their blue checks. It is certain to be a s***present for a bit … we’ll see the place the chips land.
Good luck, y’all. And watch out for impostors … one thing tells us there may be a number of in our midst.