PANAJI: Twitter removed legacy verified blue ticks from all accounts on Thursday, April 20.
Many eminent personalities in Goa–from Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to Cabinet ministers, MLA, Journalists and official handles of Political Parties have lost blue checks that helped verify their identity and distinguish them from impostors on the micro-blogging platform.
Twitter began making good on its promise Thursday to remove the blue checks from accounts that don’t pay a monthly fee to keep them.
Goa Congress and BJP Goa Chief Amit Patkar and Sadanand Tanavade lost their blue ticks.
Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt are among the big names that have lost their blue ticks on Elon-Musk owned social media platform.
Politicians like CM Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, among others, have lost their verified blue ticks from their Twitter accounts.
Those individuals who are now paying for Twitter Blue, which costs USD 8/month via the web and USD 11/month through in-app payment on iOS and Android, will have the privilege of verified blue checkmarks.
Other big names who lost their blue ticks include Beyoncé, Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey and former US President Donald Trump.
Twitter had about 300,000 verified users under the original blue-check system — many of them journalists, athletes and public figures,