Twitter will remove ‘legacy’ verified blue ticks today

Time to pay or say goodbye to your blue tick! Twitter will finally remove ‘legacy’ verified checkmarks from accounts TODAY

  • Twitter users will lose their ‘legacy’ blue ticks today following Musk’s takeover
  • Blue badges are now only available to those who pay an £11 monthly fee
  • The controversial decision has raised concerns over  impersonation accounts 

Twitter will say goodbye to its ‘legacy’ blue ticks today following Elon Musk’s controversial decision to switch up the platform’s verification system. 

Numerous checkmarks are expected to disappear from Twitter accounts for users who are reluctant to pay £11 a month for the traditional blue badge.

‘Legacy’ blue ticks were initially given to verified accounts belonging to people of public interest including celebrities, politicians and journalists.

But following Musk’s takeover, only those subscribed to Twitter Blue can keep a blue tick, while businesses must now pay for a gold tick.

This decision came as part of Musk’s efforts to rid of the so-called ‘lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark’.

Twitter users will lose their ‘legacy’ blue ticks today following Elon Musk’s takeover

April 1 was the initial date to kickstart the culling of ticks but many remained after this date

April 1 was the initial date to kickstart the culling of ticks but many remained after this date


Blue ticks

Twitter Blue is a subscription service that gives users a ‘Blue Tick’ of verification for a monthly fee.

It currently costs £9.60 per month for those who purchase the service through the web, but £11 per month through Apple iOS.

Gold ticks

Companies that want to keep their ‘official’ Twitter checkmark will be given no option but to pay £11,400 per year – plus an extra £50/month to have affiliated business accounts.

Grey ticks

These badges are used to verify government accounts and associated bodies.

Governments do not have to pay a cost for these ticks. 

By changing the system, Musk hopes that Twitter will become a ‘digital town square’ through restoration of free speech and trust.

April 1 was the initial date to kickstart the culling of ‘legacy’ ticks, but many remained after this date giving rise to confusion.

Ten days later, Musk then announced that the ‘final date’ for removing these ticks would be April 20.

It is believed the date is a sly reference to cannabis, with the number 420 the time of day that it is traditionally smoked.

The billionaire was famously filmed smoking the drug during a live podcast in 2018, alongside comedian Joe Rogan.  

Musk tweeted: ‘Final date for removing legacy Blue checks is 4/20.’

Following Musk’s post, users were quick to express their disappointment about the decision.

One user said: ‘I’m not worried about losing my verified checkmark. I’m worried about everyone else losing theirs. The value of the checkmark does not lie with the holder but with the people trying to determine whether to trust the source.’

Another added: ‘The whole policy doesn’t make sense. It’s like removing trophies from people who earned them (vetted) and letting everyone buy their trophy. The trophy means nothing now.’

On the flipside, best-selling author Stephen King was thrilled by the announcement, tweeting: ‘Big whoop.’

One person jokingly replied: ‘But Mr. King… how will I ever know it’s really you?’ 

Gold business ticks and government grey ticks are two other changes to the verification system that have been made during the past year. 

While governments will not have to pay for their new grey ticks, companies must pay £11,400 per year if they want to keep this official mark.

Blue badges are now only available to those who pay an £11 monthly fee on Twitter

Blue badges are now only available to those who pay an £11 monthly fee on Twitter

Twitter was flooded with comments following Elon Musk's blue tick announcement

Twitter was flooded with comments following Elon Musk’s blue tick announcement 

Another £50 monthly charge is also added on top if the business has any affiliated accounts. 

These fees are still ‘subject to change’ as the platform aims to ‘improve’ its services and change features ‘from time to time’. 

However, scrapping unpaid-for ticks has given rise to numerous impersonation accounts mimicking celebrities and other individuals.

One user fooled others into thinking former US President Donald Trump tweeted: ‘This is why Elon Musk’s plan doesn’t work.’

Another account impersonated former President George W Bush – who appeared to post a distasteful tweet about Iraq – and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

However, following his takeover Musk did anticipate a lot of ‘dumb things’ on the site. 

In November, he tweeted: ‘Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn’t.’


Musk’s takeover of Twitter all began on April 4, when Musk disclosed a 9.2 per cent Twitter stake, becoming the company’s largest shareholder.

The world’s richest person then agreed to join Twitter’s board, only to balk at the last minute and offer to buy the company instead for $54.20 per share.

Twitter accepted the offer later in April, but the following month Musk said the deal is on hold pending a review of bot accounts. 

His lawyers then accused Twitter of not complying with his requests for information on the subject.

The acrimony resulted in Musk telling Twitter on July 8 he was terminating the deal, and four days later, Twitter sued Musk to force him to complete the acquisition.

Twitter accused Musk of buyer’s remorse, arguing he wanted out of the deal because he thought he overpaid. 

On October 4, Musk performed another U-turn, offering to complete the deal as promised. He managed to do that one day ahead of a deadline to avoid a trial. 

Since becoming owner, Musk – who also runs Tesla and SpaceX – has wasted no time making significant changes to Twitter, including firing top execs and dissolving the board of directors. 

He’s also confirmed going to make Twitter users pay $8 per month to have a blue tick next to their account name, calling the current ‘lords and peasants’ system ‘bulls**t’. 

Musk previously mulled a $20 per month blue tick verification fee, but appeared to lower the cost following criticism from horror author Stephen King;, among others. 

Musk has also already specified his intention to form a content moderation council with ‘widely diverse viewpoints’.

‘No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes,’ he said.  

He has also reportedly brought more than 50 of his Tesla staff who were mostly working on the electric car company’s autopilot team to review and work on code for Twitter.