Twitter owner and Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk has revealed a date he will remove free verified Twitter accounts.
This is as he urged all users of the micro-blogging platform to subscribe to Twitter blue.
Musk disclosed this via his Twitter account, @Elonmusk, on Tuesday.
He tweeted, “Final date for removing legacy Blue checks is 4/20.”
Before he took over as the CEO, verified Twitter users do not pay to get verified nor pay for a monthly subscription to renew their verifications.
Earlier, Twitter had announced April 1, 2023, as the date it would begin the removal of all legacy blue checks
“On April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks. To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue,” the company stated in March via a tweet that was accompanied by links to subscribe to the premium program.
Musk had removed the verification badge of the New York Times, a daily newspaper based in New York City, United States of America, with a worldwide readership reported in 2022 to comprise 740,000 paid print subscribers, and 8.6 million paid digital subscribers.
The New York Times had said it would not subscribe to the Twitter Blue, except where it may be needed for their reporting.