White House won’t pay for Twitter verification

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White House won’t pay for Twitter verification

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The White House is the latest entity to announce it won’t pay for Twitter verification.

Twitter will begin removing check marks from verified users who do not pay for a subscription service, one of many changes spearheaded by new owner Elon Musk.

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But major celebrities, including NBA star LeBron James, have said they won’t pay, as have news outlets such as the New York Times. It was learned on Friday that the White House also won’t be paying for it, according to Axios.

“It is our understanding that Twitter Blue does not provide person-level verification as a service,” White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty told staffers in an email, per the outlet. “Thus, a blue check mark will now simply serve as a verification that the account is a paid user.”

Musk announced earlier this month that Twitter will remove check marks beginning April 1.

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Users who want to keep blue check marks after that date will need to pay for Twitter Blue, which costs $8 a month.

The White House will also not reimburse staffers who choose to pay for the service.

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