Twitter Blue subscribers can hide checkmarks. Here’s how.

Twitter Blue subscribers can hide checkmarks. Here's how.

The Decline of the Blue Checkmark on Twitter

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Once a sought-after badge of honor on Twitter, the blue checkmark, indicating a verified account, has lost its shine. Twitter, now known as X, has introduced a feature allowing users to hide their checkmarks, so they no longer display on their profile or posts.

In the new update to the help page for Twitter Blue, now known as X Blue, users are given the option to hide the checkmark on their accounts. While the badge may still appear in certain spots, revealing that the user is an active subscriber, this feature allows individuals to choose whether or not they want to display their verified status.

But why would someone want to hide their checkmark? In the early days of Twitter, the blue checkmark held significance as it was used to verify the authenticity of accounts belonging to celebrities and public figures, differentiating them from fake or parody profiles. However, with the ownership of Twitter now in the hands of Elon Musk, anyone can acquire verification by subscribing to Twitter Blue for $8 a month or $84 a year. Consequently, the blue checkmark has lost its exclusivity and appeal.

Moreover, being a Blue subscriber might not carry the same prestige as it once did. Elon Musk has been actively encouraging people to upgrade to Twitter Blue by restricting or limiting certain features for free users. Verified users, for instance, can read up to 10,000 posts per day, while unverified users can only access 1,000 and new unverified users are limited to 500. Additionally, unverified users face daily restrictions on the number of direct messages they can send.

As Musk creates a divide between Blue users and free users, the blue checkmark may now be seen as a sign that one is endorsing his tactics to boost subscriber numbers. While it is unlikely that this is the reason behind the introduction of the hide checkmark feature, some Blue subscribers may opt to hide it to distance themselves from this perception.

For those wondering how to hide the checkmark, Twitter provides simple instructions. On the website, users can click the More button, select Blue, and then click Preferences. From there, they can navigate to Profile customization and check the box for “Hide your blue checkmark.” Alternatively, on the mobile app, users can tap their profile icon, select Blue, and access Preferences. Under the Verification option, they can tap Blue Checkmark and turn on the switch for “Hide your blue checkmark.”

The option provided by Twitter to hide the checkmark represents a significant shift in the way the platform values verified accounts. It is a response to the changing landscape where the blue checkmark no longer holds the same significance and where personal preferences and public perception play a more prominent role. As Twitter evolves and continues to adapt to its user base, it remains to be seen how this particular feature will be received and utilized.

The implementation of this option has raised questions among users. An inquiry to Twitter regarding the reasoning behind its introduction received a brief response stating, “We’ll get back to you soon.” Perhaps Twitter is aware of the potential implications and reception it may face due to this change. Time will tell how the hide checkmark feature will impact the dynamics of Twitter and the way users perceive verification on the platform.

In summary:

  • Twitter, now known as X, introduced a feature allowing users to hide their blue checkmarks indicating a verified account.
  • The blue checkmark has lost its exclusivity and appeal as anyone can now obtain it by subscribing to Twitter Blue.
  • Elon Musk has been encouraging Twitter users to upgrade to Twitter Blue by restricting features for free users.
  • The hide checkmark option may be utilized by Blue subscribers to distance themselves from the perception of endorsing Elon Musk’s tactics.
  • Instructions to hide the checkmark can be found on the Twitter website and mobile app.
  • The introduction of this feature reflects a shift in how Twitter values verified accounts and is a response to changing dynamics and preferences on the platform.
  • The implications and reception of this feature are yet to be fully understood, as Twitter has not provided clear reasoning behind its implementation.