Twitter is considering adding an option for users to hide the fact they pay to use the platform
Do you enjoy the benefits of Twitter Blue but dislike the impression it sends of an Elon Musk fan? In the near future, there may be a solution. According to Boing Boing, developer Alessandro Paluzzi claims to have observed Twitter developing a feature that allows you to hide the Blue checkmark on your profile. Other users may never realise you’re paying for privileges unless you send a really long tweet or otherwise flaunt Blue-only capabilities. To access the features, you’d still need to authenticate your official ID.
Twitter declined to respond since it dismantled its communications division following Musk’s takeover. The test comes as Twitter announces that on April 1st, it would begin deleting historical verified checkmarks. Musk termed legacy checkmarks “corrupt” in November and indicated the social network will delete them in the coming months.
#Twitter keeps working on the ability to control everything related to account verification and identity by adding the option to show or hide your blue checkmark on your profile ? pic.twitter.com/6uTjBON21N
Apart from humility or humiliation, there are other reasons you would desire to hide the checkmark. You may not want to convey the appearance that your tweets represent your employer’s opinions. And if you share a name with a celebrity, you may not want to risk misleading users.
There’s no certainty that Twitter will make checkmark hiding broadly available. If the company continues, it may (further) weaken the value of the blue tick by making it less noticeable. Furthermore, Twitter now includes gold and grey checkmarks for business and government accounts, respectively – the actual upper-echelon credentials.