Twitter is blocking new accounts from signing up for its $8 blue subscription
Twitter has changed the rules for theirs $8 Blue subscription service to prevent new accounts from getting a blue tick. Yesterday evening, the company was editing the service help page to add that accounts created on or after November 9, 2022 “will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue at this time.” The website also adds that Twitter Blue is only available on iOS for users in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, with plans to expand in the future.
Although Twitter did not explain why it was placing limits on new accounts, the move came after an influx of copycats was confirmed by paying for the service. “Twitter’s current Lords and Peasants system of who has or doesn’t have a blue tick is bullshit,” the website’s new owner, Elon Musk, tweeted earlier this month before details of the revamped subscription service were revealed. Yesterday marked the launch of the new Twitter Blue, and allowed people to get the previously elusive blue tick by paying for its benefits, which include instant verification.
The internet being the internet, people quickly realized that they could pretend to be someone else and that a tick could help them trick unsuspecting users. A bunch of copycats have appeared on the website, including one claiming to be LeBron James who tweeted that the basketball star was looking for a replacement. Fake Nintendo of America account tweeted a photo of Mario giving the middle finger to Twitter, while a fake Valve account tweeted about the new competing platform. Twitter started banning them after a few hours. The new rule could help curb the number of fake accounts, but it’s unclear how Twitter plans to address the problem going forward — it can’t block new users from Blue forever.
Although the blue ticks on Twitter are now for sale, there is another smaller, gray tick reserved for public figures. Yesterday it started rolling out these “official” ticks, but quickly pulled them back and will first distribute them to “state and business entities”.
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