Soon after Twitter rolled out its new Blue Subscription with the paid ‘Verification Check Mark’, a lot of profiles began posting fake news with the problem especially impacting the sports world as the micro-blogging site seems to be the go-to place for sports discussions.
The new Twitter Blue Subscription costs $7.99 (Limited Time Offer) and comes with a Blue Verified Check Mark that is identical to those of celebrities and journalists. Meanwhile, the only way to distinguish between paid badges and those belonging to notable people is to click on them, which means that both look exactly similar while scrolling the feed.
The release of the new Twitter Blue Subscription was followed by some accounts posting misinformation and fake news while impersonating others with the verified badge or check mark, including famous basketball player LeBron James and baseball pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, among others.
There was also an account pretending to be Nintendo and posted a picture of Mario showing the middle finger.
However, these Twitter accounts goon got suspended but not before a lot of people retweeted or saw the posts. It is pertinent to mention this was mainly the concern of the lot of people after Elon Musk announced that verified badge will be available to everyone for a price soon after he acquired the social media platform.