How to know if a Twitter account is actually verified

  • Twitter began rolling out its Twitter Blue Check this week.
  • It offers users the option to pay $ 8 per month for a blue check verification
  • A new Chrome extension finds out which accounts are actually verified and which are paid to play.

A new Chrome extension lets you instantly see which Twitter users paid for a verification blue tick and which ones were verified before the launch of Elon Musk’s new version of Twitter Blue.

Visually, previously verified accounts and those who bought Musk’s new $ 8 / month Twitter Blue verified tick look exactly the same. It is only when you go to the user page and click on the blue check mark that one of two messages will be displayed:

side by side of the verified account versus the Blue Twitter account

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The Eight Dollars extension allows users to shorten the process and see on their Twitter feed which accounts have paid for verification and which have not. Accounts appear as “actually verified” or “paid for verification”.

The extension saves users the step of having to log into a profile page to check the status of an account.

screenshot of BP Oil's fake Twitter account

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Verification status is also displayed on the user’s profile page.

side by side an eight dollar chrome extension

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Twitter began rolling out Musk’s controversial Twitter Blue initiative on Tuesday, charging aspiring blue dames $ 8 a month for the brand and offering a variety of other price perks.

Earlier this month, Moss he lashed out at Twitter’s previous verified account system, calling it a “system of gentlemen and peasants for those who have or don’t have a blue tick.”

Musk said it’s his Twitter Blue check mark “It will democratize journalism and empower the voice of the people,” but it also recognized a financial incentive for the push. In a company-wide email to Twitter employees Wednesday evening, Musk said the company’s financial situation was “dire”.

“Without significant subscription revenue, there’s a good chance Twitter won’t survive the impending economic downturn. We need about half of our revenue to subscribe,” he said.

Since its launch on Tuesday, there has already been misinformation spread across the site (in one case, a fake LeBron James scared Lakers fans when he requested a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers), and Musk himself admitted Wednesday in a Twitter town hall that might be “a stupid decision, but we’ll see”.

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