Twitter on Wednesday woke up to the call of #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia. The hashtag was trending on Twitter with a number of Tweets flowing in support of it. If you have been on the social media platform today, then you might be confused what it’s all about.
Twitter is favouring the people in power or big and ignoring/keeping aside a major chunk of India. This is not good @TwitterIndia @Twitter @jack— Tribal Army (@TribalArmy) November 6, 2019
Well, it is a movement against the grant of verified account status on Twitter. A verified account on Twitter is a one that has fulfilled the guidelines of Twitter in that regards like having a profile picture, verified mobile number, a certain number of followers etc. A white colour tick on a blue background is the identification of a verified account.
Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.— अशोक चाँदनहोली (@jareda_ashok) November 6, 2019
सभी ट्रैंड कराएं. ट्वीट और रिट्वीट करें.@TribalArmy@dilipmandal@imdevprakash
The Twitteratis are saying that this verified tag creates a divide and promotes inequality by showing certain users of the platform as superior to the others. Generally, people having a celebrity status or popularity and influencer base get a verified account tag on Twitter.
Twitter should make blue tick feature automated with specified criteria like website,follower etc. If a human being is judging wheather someone should have blue tick or not then there definitly will be biasness.— Bhushan Mittal ?? (@bhushan8360) November 6, 2019
The #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia calls for the removal of all blue ticks that is verified account status in India. Twitteratis are also angered by the fact that many controversial and convicted politicians to get a verified tag which helps them boost their social influence.
Twitter has closed its verified account program for some time. Information on Twitter’s official website says that the verified account program is currently on hold and they are not accepting any new requests at this time.
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