After Elon Musk, along with the official Twitter Verified account, announced on Mar. 23 that the social media company would set a deadline of Apr. 1 for verified users to apply and keep their status, The New York Times has lost its blue check badge.
The New York Times lost its verified check mark on Sunday after Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced efforts to crack down on users avoiding payments for “Twitter Blue.”
Musk along with the official Twitter Verified account announced on Mar. 23 that the social media company would set a deadline of Apr. 1 for verified users to apply and keep their status. Those who refused to pay the $8 per month subscription for individuals or $1,000 per month for organizations would begin to lose both their blue check mark and verified status.
In a tweet reply, Musk revealed that this could include the New York Times should it refuse to pay for a subscription. Shortly afterward, the publication’s main Twitter account lost its verified status.
“The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting,” Musk tweeted.
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He added, “Also, their feed is the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea. It’s unreadable. They would have far more real followers if they only posted their top articles. Same applies to all publications.”
According to guidance issued to staffers via an email obtained by Axios, the White House refused to pay $8 for Twitter Blue verification.
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