Twitter: Blue Check Marks Were A Mistake
On Twitter, being a blue check mark is derogatory term for a self-important blowhard despite its initial beginning as a way to verify to users that the account you’re tweeting at is indeed the brand, journalist or celebrity you think you’re talking to.
Now it’s a bludgeon for forcing correct opinions — wrongthinkers don’t deserve blue check marks!!!
Why is a blue check mark so valued? For one, it gives you much higher visibility if you tweet at another blue check mark. That means a celebrity you adore is more likely to see your tweet than one belonging to a peon.
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017