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What was once something to strive towards in the world of Twitter, has now become a controversial topic.

When Elon Musk took over the social media platform, he announced that those who wish to enjoy the official status symbol on Twitter will have to pay $8 per month.

Last week, the legacy blue ticks were removed and only left next to the handles of those who have paid.

Many celebrities have left the platform in an attempt to show how they feel about the situation. The hashtag #BlockTheBlueChecks trended on Twitter.

In a tweet from his private account, Musk said that although only those who have paid will be getting blue ticks next to their names, he has paid for those of LeBron James, Stephen King and William Shatner.

Then, the entrepreneur made a U-turn and reinstated the blue ticks, but only to certain accounts.

Many celebrities have been given the blue tick two thumbs up without their consent and they’re not happy about it.

What makes this even more controversial is that even celebrities who have passed have been given the blue tick. These include Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jackson, Kristie Alley and Kobe Bryant.

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