World prominent singers, including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Davido, and others, recently lost their coveted blue Twitter verification badge as a result of Elon Musk’s new rule.
Like many other social networking sites, Twitter has a verification mechanism in place to confirm the legitimacy of accounts belonging to famous people, celebrities, and public figures.
The verification badge, which is frequently symbolized by a blue tick, is a sign of trustworthiness and authenticity, proving that the account belongs to an authorized person or organization.
To preserve the verified status, Twitter had made plans to start charging nearly $20 a month for users to stay verified. This is part of a premium service that will be rolled out under Elon Musk’s leadership, who took over as the CEO of the social media platform according to a report.
The company also plans to raise its optional $ 4.99-a-month premium subscription called Twitter Blue to $19.99 a month. However, that price is subject to change. The Verge reported, citing internal correspondence and people familiar with the matter.
Failure to comply with his rules meant an automatic loss of one’s verification.
Keeping to his words, Twitter started stripping celebrities and public figures of their Twitter badges after it was discovered that some of the biggest names in the music industry failed to subscribe to the verification status on Twitter by paying a fee of just $8.
Amongst these celebrities are Beyoncé, one of the most well-known and important musicians of our time, Nicki Minaj, the queen of rap and one of the most popular female rappers in history, Davido, Wizkid, and Burnaboy pioneers of Afrobeats and a global music phenomenon from Nigeria.
This surprising revelation has sparked a flurry of reactions and discussions across social media, with fans and followers expressing shock and disbelief that such prominent figures could overlook such a small fee or be charged such a fee by the CEO of the micro-blogging platform.