Recently, Twitter has stripped the verified blue ticks of several high-profile sports celebrities, including Indian sportsperson Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, etc. Various other sports celebrities around the world also lose the Twitter Blue tick. This move by Twitter has caused a stir among the sports fraternity and their fans alike.
The blue tick on Twitter signifies that the account has been verified and belongs to a public figure, celebrity, or brand. Losing the blue tick may not seem like a big deal, but it can have severe implications on public figure’s credibility and influence on social media.
Tomorrow, 4/20, we are removing legacy verified checkmarks. To remain verified on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue here: https://t.co/gzpCcwOXAX
Organizations can sign up for Verified Organizations here: https://t.co/YtPVNYypHU
— Twitter Verified (@verified) April 19, 2023
Tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe, and basketball legend Stephen Curry are no longer “verified” on Twitter. In the future, only individuals and organizations who pay for a Twitter Premium Blue subscription will be able to receive verified credential on their profile.
The revocation of the blue ticks of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and other sports celebrities on Twitter has sparked a conversation about the importance of social media validation and engagement for public figures. It will be interesting to see if people are willing to spend their money to put a blue sign after this move by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.