Twitter has recently removed the verification badges of several high-profile Nigerian individuals, including Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi. The move has sparked reactions about the reasons behind the removals and the criteria for verification on the platform.
According to reports, the mass removal of the blue ticks may be connected to the non-payment of verification subscription fees announced by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Musk had previously stated that individuals with free verified Twitter accounts would lose their verification badges on April 20, 2023. It appears that the platform is beginning to enforce this policy as the deadline is over.
The move has also affected Nigerian singers Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid and other high-profile individuals in the Nigerian political scene.