Once upon a time, Twitter was a place where people could share their thoughts, connect with others, and engage in meaningful conversations. But that all changed when the Musk era began.
Elon Musk, the billionaire tech mogul, had always been a prominent figure on Twitter. But when he became CEO of the social media platform, things took a turn for the worse. Suddenly, Twitter was no longer a place for free expression and open dialogue. It was a platform for Musk to promote his own interests, spew his controversial opinions, and silence anyone who dared to disagree with him.
But now, things were about to get even worse. On Friday, Musk announced that legacy verified accounts would have to pay a monthly fee to maintain their verified status. This meant that public figures, including celebrities, journalists, and writers, who had already been verified for legitimate reasons, would have to pay to keep their verified badge.
Many legacy accounts were outraged by this move. They had already been verified for their credibility and influence, and now they were being asked to pay for something they had already earned. LeBron James, one of the most influential athletes on Twitter, made it clear that he would not be partaking in the capitalist scheme.
“Welp guess me blue check will be gone soon cause if you know me, I ain’t paying the 5,” said James.
After James’ tweet, individuals such as Rachel Nichols, Kyle Kuzma, Rex Champman, and Robert Griffin III all weighted in with their reactions.
As the deadline approached, many legacy accounts were stripped of their verified status. The once-legitimate badges were replaced with a generic gray checkmark, signaling to the world that these accounts were no longer verified.
The impact of this move was felt across the platform. Users felt disillusioned and frustrated, as they saw their favorite public figures lose their credibility and influence. The once-great Twitter had become a shell of its former self, a place where only the wealthy and influential could thrive.
As the days went on, Twitter became increasingly depressing. The once-vibrant platform was now a place of darkness and despair. Users yearned for the days when Twitter was a place of open dialogue and free expression, but those days seemed to be long gone.
And so, the Musk era continued, leaving in its wake a trail of frustration, disillusionment, and depression. For many, Twitter would never be the same again.