Twitter announces deadline to end free verification

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter, Elon Musk, has announced the final date to remove free verified Twitter accounts and end free verification.

Musk disclosed this via his Twitter account, @Elonmusk, on Tuesday, writing: “Final date for removing legacy Blue checks is 4/20.”

Before the the Twitter boss emerged as CEO, verified Twitter users do not pay to get verified nor pay for a monthly subscription to renew their verification.

Earlier, Twitter had announced April 1, 2023 as the date it would begin the removal of all legacy blue checks

“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,” the company stated in March via a tweet that was accompanied by links to subscribe to the premium program.”

Reports has it that Musk had removed the verification badge of the New York Times, a daily newspaper based in New York City, The United States. It also had a global readership comprising 740,000 paid print subscribers and 8.6 million paid digital subscribers in 2022.

The New York Times had said it would not subscribe to the Twitter Blue, except where it may be needed for their reporting.