The verified “blue cheque” for seniors Taliban officials on Twitter appears to have been revoked following media reports that they paid the social media site’s $8 monthly subscription fee for verified status.
Two Taliban officials have subscribed to the Twitter Blue service, a monthly service offered after new owner Elon Musk took over the social media platform, the New York Post reported.
The BBC reported earlier on Tuesday that Taliban officials Abdul Haq Hammad, the top media official in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, and Hedayatullah Hedayat, the head of the Taliban department for “access to information”, had paid the blue check.
Some Taliban supporters have also acquired the blue check, although the symbol is not visible on their account pages. After the report, their verified status disappeared, the Post reported.
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The Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan in August 2021 following the withdrawal of American forceshas long used Twitter, although those responsible have never been verified.
“Interestingly, the Taliban praise Elon Musk for verifying their accounts and even they say Elon is from Afghanistan, Logar province. Congratulations Elon!” tweeted Tajuden Soroush, an Afghan journalist who lives in London.
Before Musk bought Twitter in a $44 billion acquisition, certain accounts were given check marks to verify their status as journalists, public figures, elected officials, celebrities and other prominent figures.
After the purchase, Musk presented Blue Twitterwhich allows users to pay $8 per month in exchange for a blue tick.
The movement got off to a rocky start as pranksters began creating accounts of political leaders and sports stars while posting inflammatory tweets.