Twitter removes Legacy Blue Checks and sparks anger, confusion, ennui

A laptop and phone screen showing the Twitter Blue logo

As promised, Twitter Legacy Blue verification checks began quietly disappearing from consumer accounts Thursday afternoon. Now the one approach to maintain onto the coveted Blue Tick is by paying Twitter a $7.99 a month subscription payment.

Elon Musk introduced the ultimate day to pay up final week and — at the same time as he juggled the primary SpaceX StarShip (opens in new tab) launch (which ended with a spectacular mid-air explosion) — Musk discovered time to set his draconian plan in movement.