Twitter announced today, Saturday, its intention to remove the authentication tag from verified accounts based on the old authentication system that was in effect before the company launched the paid authentication service (Twitter Blue).
The company said in a tweet that it posted on its account, that it will start canceling the old authentication mark on the first of next April. She said that users who wish to keep the blue verification mark in their accounts must subscribe to the Twitter Blue service.
The company’s announcement does not come as a surprise, as its CEO (Elon Musk) had previously stated in a tweet that his company would cancel the old authentication marks, because they were granted in a (corrupt and meaningless) way, as he put it.
On April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks. To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue here: https://t.co/gzpCcwOpLp
Organizations can sign up for https://t.co/RlN5BbuGA3…
— Twitter Verified (@verified) March 23, 2023
The new announcement comes after the company announced yesterday the global launch of the (Twitter Blue) service, after the service was available in a limited number of countries since it was first revealed in the middle of last year. Twitter Blue costs $8 per month for web subscribers or $11 per month for subscribers through the Apple and Google App Stores.
In addition to the authentication tag, the (Twitter Blue) service provides subscribers with a set of exclusive features that allow personalizing the Twitter experience, including:
Bookmark folders that allow the user to organize their saved tweets into folders for easy access later.
Undo Tweet: This feature provides a 30-second window that allows the user to preview and review the Tweet before it is published, and can be used to undo the Tweet in order to correct spelling errors, or delete it completely.
Reader Mode: This feature converts long conversations into easy-to-read text, with the ability to adjust font size and background color to suit user preferences.
The ability to change the application icon on the main screen of the phone by choosing from several colors.
The ability to write long tweets with a length of up to five thousand characters.
Watch half the number of ads shown to the rest of the users.
Quick access to customer support.
Twitter had announced the service in the middle of last year, after Elon Musk, the new owner of the company, assumed its CEO presidency, as part of his plan to increase the company’s profits and save it from its financial stumbling block.