Pope Francis, Others Lose Twitter Verified Status
The wave of Twitter blue legacy verification removal has hit Pope Francis.
His loss is among the celebrities’ loss of the blue check as earlier announced by Elon Musk the new owner of the microblogging platform.
Reuters reports that singer Beyoncé and many other personalities such as basketball star LeBron James and author Stephen King still had their checkmarks.
“The Shining” author King, who has previously called Musk a terrible fit for Twitter, tweeted: “My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.”
Musk tweeted back to him: “You’re welcome namaste,” with a hands-folded emoji.
The Verge reported that James, who has previously said he would not pay for verification, had not paid to keep the check mark.
Musk tweeted separately: “I’m paying for a few personally.” and later tweeted “Just Shatner, LeBron and King,” referring to Star Trek actor William Shatner, who had last month complained about being forced to pay to keep his blue checkmark.