Apr 20, 2023

Beyonce and the Pope among those to lose Twitter blue check in purge

What do Beyoncé and Pope Francis have in common? As of today, they are no longer verified on Twitter. The social media giant began removing the once-coveted blue check verification from thousands of accounts on Thursday. The company first introduced the verification feature in 2009, after a former professional baseball player sued the social media giant over imposter accounts. In the days before verification, Kanye West, Shaq and Ewan McGregor were among the first celebrities to speak out about being impersonated on Twitter. Critics have argued the move will amplify disinformation as Twitter Blue subscribers will get prioritised rankings - Mr Musk has said that only verified accounts will appear in the site's prominent For You stream.

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