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Ghanaian celebs lose Twitter verification badge over $8 charge


Due to Twitter’s new policy that charges a $8 monthly subscription for account verification, the majority of Ghanaian celebrities have lost their account verification on the Blue app.

The verification symbol that was previously shown next to celebrities’ profile names has been deleted as a consequence of the fact that the majority of famous people have not yet opted in to the new policy.


People including Sarkodie, Bridget Otoo, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Samini, Efya, D-Black, Serwaa Amihere, and Black Sherif had their blue badges taken away.

In spite of this, Nana Aba Anamoah, a media figure, still has a blue badge on her account with the message: “This account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.”

On Thursday, Elon Musk’s Twitter started removing blue verification checkmarks from users who hadn’t registered for the service.

Professors, journalists, and other well-known individuals’ accounts started to see the cheques disappear. Even a few of the most popular and well-known Twitter users, such as co-founder Jack Dorsey, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Bill Gates, Pope Francis, and former president Donald Trump, had their blue checks disappear.

Other government accounts lost their blue checks as well, including the official US Citizenship and Immigration Services account and accounts for certain state Customs and Border Patrol offices. These accounts’ blue checks weren’t instantly replaced with the grey checks Twitter has set aside for government accounts.

Due to the disappearance and then reappearance of blue checks on some accounts, it appeared that the first rollout of the modification had some issues. At first glance, it didn’t appear that other reputable heritage verified accounts had lost their checks.

The modification, together with its perplexing implementation, raises the possibility of impersonating prominent users and casts doubt on the accuracy of the platform’s information.

“Though we have lost our checkmark, this is the official USCIS twitter account,” the government agency wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “Please beware of imposter accounts.”


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