Twitter accounts with more than one million followers have had blue ticks reinstated by owner Elon Musk without having to pay a subscription fee – confusing celebrities across the world.
Elon Musk removed all ‘legacy’ blue ticks from accounts this week, leaving celebrities and other significant public figures including Beyoncé, Harry Kane and Victoria Beckham with no sign that their accounts are genuine.
Before Musk took over the firm in October – after paying $44billion – blue ticks were given to verify that accounts claiming to be celebrities, organisations or professionals such as journalists were who they said they were.
But the multi-billionaire recently scrapped this system and instead began a paid subscription service where any account could sign up for ‘Twitter Blue’ and receive the check mark.
In what appears to be a climbdown for Musk, verification marks reappeared on accounts with more than one million followers overnight. It comes after he previously revealed he was paying for several high-profile accounts’ blue ticks despite them not having paid for subscription.
Elon Musk took over Twitter in October before creating his own ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription service
Rylan Clark told his Twitter followers on Sunday the return of his check mark was ‘pranging [him] out’
Twitter Blue is available to all Twitter users for around $8 per month – with the ‘legacy verified’ accounts losing their status this week.
But the initial launch of the service did not go as planned, with a huge influx of imposter accounts – meaning it had to be postponed and then relaunched at the end of November.
Many celebrities in the UK have expressed surprise after waking up to find their tick reinstated – with many rushing to reassure fans that they have not paid for them.
And some have pointed out that other accounts with fewer than one million followers have also had their tick reinstated – seemingly at Musk’s discretion.
The billionaire tweeted ‘Check mate’ last night shortly before the ticks were brought back.
TV star and presenter Rylan Clark was among those confused after waking up on Sunday morning.
He tweeted: ‘Hold up. Why is my blue tick back?’. Alongside a selfie in his dressing gown he added: ‘I’m ill and this is pranging me oouuut.’
Comedian Dara O’Brien said on Sunday that he had never had a blue tick in the first place – but awoke to see one on his account for the first time.
He told his followers: ‘So, despite never ever actually having had a blue tick, (I liked the idea that I might have been a parody account all this time) I wake up this morning to find I have been given one.
‘That is peculiar. No, I haven’t paid, nor requested it. Can I get into nightclubs now?’
Many celebrities who saw their ticks return were quick to clarify that they had not paid for a subscription
Actor Sir Ian McKellen tweeted: ‘Despite the implication when you click the blue badge that has mysteriously re-appeared beside my name, I am not paying for the ‘honour’.’
Sir Andy Murray said:’My blue tick has reappeared. For free… some game,’ Sir Andy posted.
Richard Osman said: ‘So my blue tick is back. Rest assured I didn’t pay for it.
‘Providing content has always been the entry price to use Twitter. And in return you let me bang on about my books or Fulham.
‘By and large I love this site, and I’ve always been happy with that deal. I haven’t, and wouldn’t, pay for it though.’
Many celebrities seemed displeased that their verified check mark had reappeared and targeted their incredulity at Mr Musk, including rapper and singer Lil Nas X.
‘On my soul I didn’t pay for Twitter blue, u will feel my wrath tesla man!’ he tweeted.
Journalist Owen Jones said: ‘What is going on here, has Elon Musk bought me a blue tick?
‘Because, to be very clear, I am more likely to come out as straight than buy Twitter Blue.’
The move comes after Elon Musk was found to be personally paying the subscription fee for some accounts he wanted to remain verified – seemingly without their consent.
Author Stephen King, basketball star LeBron James and actor William Shatner were among the stars whose blue ticks remained, despite claiming that they had not paid a subscription.
‘My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t,’ tweeted King.
‘My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.’
Musk responded to King’s tweet and said ‘you’re welcome’ after he confirmed on Twitter that he is personally paying the subscription for Twitter Blue on some verified accounts.
After reports some celebrities had been offered a complimentary Twitter Blue subscription on Musk’s behalf, the billionaire tweeted: ‘I’m paying for a few personally.’
Some Twitter users have a grey tick next to their accounts, which highlights that it is verified because ‘it is a government or multilateral organisation account’.
Users on Twitter with grey ticks include Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
Some users will have a gold tick to indicate that ‘it’s an official organisation on Twitter’, though some media outlets have had this removed from its account.
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