Twitter hack brings back legacy blue ticks – but there’s a huge catch
How to get YOUR blue tick back: Twitter hack brings back old ticks – but there’s a huge catch
- If you had an obsolete blue tick, there’s a sneaky hack to bring it back
- There’s a catch, though: the change only lasts until you refresh the app
Last month, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users around the world logged on to find that their old blue ticks had been removed from their accounts as part of Elon Musk’s latest shakeup.
Prior to Musk’s acquisition, blue ticks were used to let people know that a public interest account was authentic.
However, they now simply state that an account pays up to £11/month for the Twitter Blue subscription service.
If you had an obsolete blue tick and don’t see it on your profile, you’ll be glad to hear there’s a sneaky hack to get it back.
There’s a catch, though: the change only lasts until you refresh the app, at which point you’ll have to wave your blue check again.
If you had an outdated blue tick and don’t see it on your profile, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a sneaky hack to bring it back
How do you get your blue tick back?
- Open the Twitter app on your smartphone or the desktop version of the app.
- Log in and navigate to your profile.
- Click or tap “Edit Profile,” then Save (you don’t actually need to make any changes to your profile).
- You should now see your old blue check mark return to your profile.
To get your blue check back, open the Twitter app on your smartphone or the desktop version of the app.
Log in and navigate to your profile.
Click or tap “Edit Profile,” then Save (you don’t actually need to make any changes to your profile).
You will now see your old blue check mark returning to your profile!
There’s a catch, though: as soon as you refresh the app or web page, your revived blue tick disappears again.
Several eagle-eyed users noticed the hack and tweeted their findings.
When I edit my bio my blue check comes back and it just says “verified account”. If I reload the app, it disappears,” one user wrote.
‘Edit your profile in any way and your blue check mark will return… BUT FOR HOW LONG? Twitter is wild,” wrote another.
And one joked: “go to your profile..click the edit button..you will see your screen name appear..tap the end and just add a dino emoji and save.”
MailOnline tried the trick and was able to bring back an old blue check. However, the change only lasts until you refresh the app
Under the original blue tick, Twitter had about 400,000 verified users, including Hollywood actors and top athletes, as well as journalists, human rights activists and public authorities.
In the past, the checks meant Twitter had verified that users were who they said they were, as a method of preventing impersonation and the spread of misinformation.
But now anyone can buy a Twitter Blue subscription, and it no longer means the user is verified — other than confirming a phone number.
In addition to the blue tick, the service promises a number of features, including the ability to let more people see their tweets.
When Twitter Blue first rolled out in November, users quickly jumped on the opportunity to essentially buy this symbol of authenticity.
Accounts posing as famous people and companies, including Musk himself, flooded the platform.
This forced the world’s second-richest man to halt the verification process, but not before concerned advertisers withdrew their contracts.
Twitter Blue was relaunched the following month, with new systems to designate different types of verified accounts to keep bad actors in check.
At the time, organizations with legacy ticks didn’t have to pay for a subscription service to keep them, but that’s no longer the case.
THE LONG ROAD TO ELON MUSK’S TWITTER TAKEOVER — AND THE CHAOS THAT FOLLOWED
Musk’s takeover of Twitter all began on April 4, when Musk announced a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, becoming the company’s largest shareholder.
The world’s richest person then agreed to join Twitter’s board, only to hesitate at the last minute and offer to buy the company for $54.20 a share.
Twitter accepted the offer later in April, but the following month Musk said the deal has been put on hold pending a bot account review.
His lawyers subsequently accused Twitter of failing to comply with his requests for information on the subject.
The acrimony led Musk to tell Twitter on July 8 that he was ending the deal, and four days later, Twitter sued Musk to force him to complete the acquisition.
Twitter accused Musk of buyer’s remorse, arguing that he wanted out of the deal because he believed he had overpaid.
On October 4, Musk performed another U-turn and offered to complete the deal as promised. He managed to do so a day before a deadline to avoid a trial.
Since taking ownership, Musk — who also runs Tesla and SpaceX — has wasted no time making significant changes to Twitter, including firing top executives and dissolving the board of directors.
He also confirmed that he will charge Twitter users $8 a month to have a blue check next to their account name, calling the current lords and peasants system “bulls**t.”
Musk previously considered a $20 per month blue tick verification fee, but appeared to be cutting the cost after criticism from horror author Stephen King, among others.
Musk has also indicated his intention to form a content moderation board with “widely diverging views.”
“There will be no major substantive decisions or account recovery before that council meets,” he said.
He also reportedly brought more than 50 of his Tesla employees, who mostly worked on the electric car company’s autopilot team, to review and work on the code for Twitter.