People got confused after seeing the Twitter profiles of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and National Basketball Association player Kobe Bryant sporting the check marks.
Twitter Inc. users already having to navigate a flood of fake accounts after the removal of legacy blue ticks are noticing more inconsistencies: Personalities who have been dead for years supposedly have paid verification accounts.
People were confused after seeing the Twitter profiles of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and National Basketball Association player Kobe Bryant sporting the blue pimps. Bourdain died in 2018 and Bryant in 2020.
Others were infuriated by the addition of blue ticks to profiles of people like prominent journalist and columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated in 2018.
Although an explanation accompanying the ticks said the “account is verified because you’re subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified your phone number,” it wasn’t immediately clear who paid for the $8 a month service, as the accounts weren’t They have been active for years.
Accounts of other deceased celebrities also sported the blue markings, such as singer Michael Jackson, comic book artist Stan Lee and actor Chadwick Boseman, though those accounts have been actively managed by others on their behalf.
The billionaire owner of the platform, Elon Musk, has already declared that he is “personally paying” for subscriptions to Twitter Blue from users such as basketball player Lebron James, writer Stephen King and actor William Shatner, who have criticized the launch of Twitter Blue. paid subscription.
Twitter, which no longer has a communications team, did not specifically respond to a request for comment. The platform has also alienated advertisers who now must pay for verification or meet a minimum monthly ad spend.
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