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ICYMI: A Bunch Of Influencers Lost Their Blue Checkmark On Twitter

Twitter really has been acting up ever since Elon Musk took over, and April 20 was no exception. On April 19, Twitter announced that the legacy blue checkmarks would be no more, stripping anyone who hadn’t paid for Twitter Blue of their verification status. 

Don’t believe me?! Go check for yourself. Stars like Justin Beiber, Kylie Jenner, Christiano Ronaldo, and even Pope Francis’ account look just like the fan page you made for One Direction in 5th Grade. Honestly, it’s the Hunger Games out there, who will be the last one standing with a verification badge?!

While most of us aren’t personally impacted by this, verification is kind of an important thing to celebrities and public figures. That little blue checkmark built credibility and reassured the public that the account they were looking at was not run by bots or an impersonator. Not to be dramatic, but once you had to earn the check, but now if you really wanted to… you could easily add it to a birthday wish list. 

Now, setting aside this clear cash grab, our favorite celebrities are making light of the situation, and like always Twitter users are losing their minds — nice to know some things will never change. 

Celebrities: they’re officially just like us.

Bryanna is a Her Campus National Writer, she composes articles for the wellness section weekly covering all things health, and sex & relationships. She also occasionally dips her toes into the culture section for more timely breaking news as needed. Bryanna is a current senior at Baldwin Wallace University where she is majoring in music theatre, but much like the famous line from Hamilton "why do you write like you're running out of time" Bryanna's life would be incomplete without working on articles for Her Campus and various other online publications. She is currently working on her debut poetry book "Love Letters I Never Delivered". When not writing or on stage you can find Bryanna making a perfectly curated Spotify playlist, teeing off at the local mini golf course, or curling up with a totally predictable romance novel. To Keep up with her: @bryannacuthill or https://bryannacuthill.com 💌 🪩🥂