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The verified “blue check” for senior Taliban officials on Twitter appear to have been withdrawn following media reports that they paid an $8 monthly subscription fee to the social media site for the verified status.
Two Taliban officials subscribed to Twitter Blue, a monthly service offered after new owner Elon Musk took over the social media platform. New York Post reported.
The BBC reported earlier on Tuesday that Taliban officials Abdul Haq Hamad, a senior media official at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, and Hedayatullah Hedayat, head of the Taliban’s “access to information” department, paid for the blue cheque.
Some Taliban supporters also obtained the blue check, although the symbol was not visible on their account pages. After the report, their verified status disappeared, the Post reports.
Fox News Digital reached out to Twitter.
The Taliban who took over Afghanistan in August 2021 after withdrawal of US forceshas long used Twitter, although employees have never been vetted.
“The interesting thing is that the Taliban are praising Elon Musk for verifying their accounts and even they are saying that Elon is of Afghan origin from Logar province. Congratulations Elon!” tweeted Tajudeen Soroush, an Afghan journalist who lives in London.
Before Musk bought Twitter in a $44 billion acquisition, certain accounts were tagged to confirm their status as journalists, public figures, elected officials, celebrities and other notables.
After the purchase, Musk introduced Twitter Bluewhich allows users to pay $8 per month in exchange for a blue tick.
The move got off to a rocky start as pranksters began creating accounts of political leaders and sports stars while posting inflammatory tweets.
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