Imphal: Twitter removed the legacy “blue tick” verification badge from over half of the chief ministers of the northeast, except three chief ministers, on Saturday.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and his Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Sikkim counterparts, Neiphiu Rio, Conrad Sangma, Zoramthanga, and Prem Singh Tamang, respectively, have lost the blue checks that help verify their identity and distinguish them from imposters on the microblogging platform.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Arunachal CM Pema Khandu, and Tripura CM Prof. Manik Saha continued to retain the ‘blue tick’ badge at the time of writing this article.
Earlier, Twitter announced that it would remove the legacy ‘blue tick’ verification badge for all the users who have not subscribed to the platform’s paid service, which in India costs around Rs 650 per month on the web and Rs 900 on the mobile app.
Since being taken over by American billionaire Elon Musk, Twitter has undergone significant changes in the way it verifies users with the coveted blue checkmarks. Previously, these badges were given to high-profile individuals, journalists, executives, politicians, and establishments after verifying their identities, serving as a symbol of their authenticity. With agency inputs