Twitter Blue: The Premium Subscription Plan that Costs You Your Verification Badge
Twitter’s Blue subscription plan has led to the removal of verification badges, also called blue ticks, from thousands of verified accounts. The premium version enables access to additional tools and benefits, including account verification, publishing long videos and audios, fewer ads, and access to categories to organize tweets. However, today, those who are not subscribed to Twitter Blue woke up to see their verification badges removed.
How Much Does Twitter Blue Cost?
Previously, Twitter Blue had a monthly subscription fee of $4.99. However, with the verification badge add-on, the fee has increased to $8.00 per month. The premium service also enables users to correct their tweets, access ad-free articles from hundreds of news sites, and customize their profiles with NFTs. The annual subscription plan offers savings, with users charged $84 and no refunds on the fee.
Who Lost Their Verification Badge?
Twitter’s recent badge removals have affected globally recognized public figures, such as Pope Francis and various celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Shakira.
The Bottom Line
While Twitter Blue offers many advantages, new users must note that the subscription plan includes an additional fee for the badge verification feature. Losing verified status has upset many influential accounts, but the decision is likely to encourage users to subscribe to Twitter Blue for access to the coveted blue tick.