Notable personalities lost Twitter’s legacy blue tick

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Many prominent Twitter users are losing the blue checks that used to authenticate their identities and set them apart from imposters on the Elon Musk-owned social media platform.

The blue tick that previously denoted a verified account has disappeared from users including the Pope, Donald Trump, and Justin Bieber, and Twitter has started to remove them in bulk.

Owner Elon Musk recently promised to abolish what he called a “lords & peasants system” after witnessing his $44 billion investment in the site shrivel.

Instead, he proposed selling the blue badge to anyone who would pay $8 per month, a proposal he said would “democratize journalism & empower the voice of the people” the previous year.

Star Trek’s William Shatner, author Stephen King, and basketball player LeBron James, are among the famous people who have refrained from signing up, despite the fact that on Thursday, all three had blue tick indicating that the account has paid for verification.

The network has lost thousands of sponsors and thousands of employees because of Musk’s turbulent ownership of Twitter.

The $8 monthly payment, he insisted, is essential and will provide the site with a stream to compensate content providers.