Paying for a blue check on Twitter is taking away from the platform


Satvika Ramanathan

Twitter’s new update allowing anyone to pay for a blue checkmark is dangerous.

Quinn Newhouse

When Elon Musk bought Twitter back in last October, many thought more positive updates and more transparency would come to the social media site.

 However, what came was a slew of disappointing, confusing and pointless updates, all disliked by users around the world. But no update was more hated than the new verification system  allowing anyone to pay for the Twitter blue checkmark through Twitter’s Twitter Blue paid system. Not only was this pointless, it was also dangerous in many ways.

For one, now people can impersonate anyone- which is terrifying for many reasons. Take an example- what if someone now impersonates a government official, and with the verified check mark, it can come off completely legit? 

Verification used to mean something- prestige- someone famous or respected, a source of news maybe. Now, anyone can get the check mark. If everyone is check-marked, then no one is truly check-marked.

Sure, Musk tried to fix it by adding special badges for specific companies such as news sources like CNN and MSNBC. But it still takes away the meaning and the trustworthiness of the check mark. The only way to fix the verification debacle is for Twitter to right the wrong and go back to the norm- when verification meant something.