In a seemingly petty act of revenge, Elon Musk stripped naked The New York Times about its verified check mark just hours after vowing to do so in response to the newspaper’s insistence that it would not pay for the blue badge.
The move comes a day after Twitter was set to begin revoking badges from verified users, with Musk announcing that such “legacy” markers would be removed to support his Twitter Blue pay-to-play program.
But on Sunday, only “several dozen” accounts were verified, including timehad their verified status taken away, according to a software developer activity tracking.
Long is one of Musk’s biggest bugs, time It’s the 24th of Twitter most followed accounthas accumulated more than 54.9 million followers as of the end of the week.
On Thursday, the newspaper was among a number of major news organizations that announced that they would not pay Twitter to keep themselves or their journalists verified. The removal of the time‘ the verified status appeared hours after Musk replied to a Jurassic Park The meme mocks that announcement.
“Oh okay, then we’ll take it off,” Musk wrote in response.
Less than an hour later, Musk returned to the keyboard to vent. “The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda is not even interesting,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Also, their feed equates to diarrhea on Twitter,” he continued. “Can not read. They will have more real followers if they only post their top articles. The same applies to all publications.”
Other time-linked accounts, covering international news, arts and entertainment, technology and business sections, still verified on Sunday, as well as many of its individual reporters.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the newspaper reiterated that it would not claim the badge.