On 20th April 2023, Twitter implemented the policy of payment of all verified accounts, and many celebrities, both locally and internationally, became victims of their legacy verification badge being suspended.
While several prominent personalities have been affected, the same pain has been felt by several corporates, with the media industry in Kenya being heavily hit. Some local celebs have registered their disappointment, while some vowed never to pay any coin after the move, which they feel exploited by the newly acquired app owner Elon Musk.
My “legacy verified” checkmark is gone.
Still not paying. This was fun pic.twitter.com/Gwhg2v2jKX
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) April 20, 2023
Blue tick is gone but I am still The People's Watchman. pic.twitter.com/y8AEQIRDsN
— The People’s Watchman (@bonifacemwangi) April 20, 2023
Now every joker has a Twitter Blue verification and every important person doesn't have one. In America, many biological males are female. In Kenya, clowns are leading the sane people. The world seems to be upside-down. Something critically wrong.
— Mwalimu Dida Kipkoech Kinuthia (@mwalimu_dida) April 20, 2023
Personal accounts profiles will be required to pay 8 dollars a month, while Corporates and government institutions will part with a monthly fee of 10,000 dollars.