So Musk and the Twitter team began experimenting with ideas.
First, they rolled out an "official" badge which added a tag to users' profiles indicating they were verified with a government ID. But Musk scrapped the idea hours later.
Now, they've added a pop-up that tells people whether the person was verified for notability or because they pay for Twitter Blue when clicking on a blue check mark.
\u201cTwitter pro tip. You can tell who is authentically verified by Twitter, and who bought their Twitter verification. Just tap on the blue checkmark on the user\u2019s profile page. You\u2019ll get one of these two pop-ups:\u201d
For notable people, the message reads, "This account is verified because it's notable in government, news, entertainment, or another designated category."
For Twitter Blue subscribers the message reads, "This account is verified because it's subscribed to Twitter Blue."
When Musk decided to give everyone the option to add a verification badge to their profile, he said it was to get rid of the "lords and peasants system".
But people are finding the distinction between paid subscribers and notable users an extension of the same hierarchy system.
\u201clmao Twitter built the "this mf paid for twitter" meme right into its paid Twitter Blue subscription\n\nif you click a blue checkmark on a user's profile, it'll show you if they were given one as an actual notable user\nor\nit'll show you that this mf paid for twitter\u201d