PM Modi‘s verified blue tick Twitter handle @narendramodi was marked ‘Official’ with a tick mark enclosed in a circle.
The Twitter handles of Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and some other ministers also received the same gray label.
Amit Shah’s verified blue tick Twitter handle marked ‘Official’ with a tick mark enclosed in a circle.
Other leaders including Congress‘ Rahul Gandhi and sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar also received the gray label.
Rahul Gandhi’s verified blue tick Twitter handle marked ‘Official’ with a tick mark enclosed in a circle.
The ‘Official’ gray label is given for select verified accounts including major media outlets and governments. Media sites like The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal received the official designation, as did companies like Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola.
Esther Crawford, a Twitter employee who has been working on the verification overhaul, said Tuesday on Twitter that the “official” label will be added to “select accounts” when the new system launches.
“Not all previously verified accounts will get the ‘Official’ label and the label is not available for purchase,” said Crawford, who recently was the subject of a viral photo showing her sleeping on the floor of a Twitter office while working to meet Musk’s deadlines.
Crawford said those receiving the label include government accounts, commercial companies, business partners, major media outlets, publishers and some public figures.
According to the site’s current system of using “blue checks” confirming an account’s authenticity will soon go away for those who don’t pay a monthly fee.
The checkmarks will be available at a yet-to-be-announced date for anyone willing to pay a $7.99-a-month subscription, which will also include some bonus features, such as fewer ads and the ability to have tweets given greater visibility than those coming from non-subscribers.
The platform’s current verification system has been in place since 2009 and was created to ensure high-profile and public-facing accounts are who they say they are.
Reportedly, there are about 423,000 verified accounts under the outgoing system.
With inputs from agencies