Reviving Useless Celebrities on Twitter: Elon Musk’s Newest Endeavor

Twitter has just lately verified the accounts of deceased celebrities akin to Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Chadwick Boseman, Chester Bennington, amongst others with posthumous blue checks. This transfer follows the promise made by proprietor Elon Musk, who eliminated all legacy-verified checkmarks from the location on April 20, urging customers to join Twitter Blue for a month-to-month charge of $8 (£6).

Although the choice to take away legacy checkmarks sparked debates amongst customers within the leisure business, high-profile accounts with over a million followers regained the verification image on their accounts. Many late celebrities had their accounts verified, together with Michael Jackson, Barbara Walters, Paul Walker, Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Bourdain, and Chester Bennington.

Twitter’s blue tick. CREDIT: Priyanka Naskar / Alamy Inventory Phot

This resolution has confronted criticism, nevertheless, since when customers click on on the verification image, it states that they’re verified “as a result of they’re subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their cellphone quantity.” One consumer criticised the transfer, writing that “That is extremely misleading. Manipulating individuals to pay for Blue by including verification marks to celebrities who didn’t pay and even to lifeless individuals’s accounts. Shameful.”

Different customers additionally expressed their opinions on the transfer. Then again, earlier this month, it was introduced that Rihanna has turn into the most-followed lady on Twitter with over 108 million followers. Different accounts with essentially the most followers embrace Justin Bieber, former POTUS Barack Obama, and Elon Musk.