Elon Musk responded to best-selling author Stephen King on Twitter after the confused American author began wondering how he’d managed to retain his verified ‘blue tick’ on the platform despite not having subscribed to Twitter Blue.
What Happened? A worried King took to Twitter to state that his Twitter profile tells him that he’d subscribed to Twitter Blue even when he hadn’t. He also mentioned that his account says that he’d provided his phone number to the Twitter team, even when he hadn’t.
A tongue and cheek Musk responded saying, “You're welcome namaste.”
In case you’re wondering what the two are talking about here, Twitter has started getting rid of legacy blue checks for those who don't pay up, however, for a few celebrities, Musk will be footing the ‘Twitter Blue’ bill, at least for the time being.
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After the writer Stephen King, the actor William Shatner, and the basketball star LeBron James retained their ticks, Twitter’s owner confirmed the gesture.
On Thursday, Musk pushed ahead with a long-threatened promise to strip the blue tick from about 400,000 legacy verified accounts unless they signed up for Blue, which costs upwards of ₹650 a month in India.
Furthermore, Twitter removed the blue tick from the official handles of India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), and Press Information Bureau (PIB).
However, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health were among the few government body handles to receive a grey tick on Twitter, which represents a government/multilateral organization or a government/multilateral official.
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