White House will not pay for Twitter Blue verification for its employees

The White House is allegedly not planning to pay to have its staff’s official Twitter profiles continue to be verified as Elon Musk prepares to begin removing legacy verified Blue check marks starting on Saturday.

Rob Flaherty, the White House’s director of digital strategy, allegedly conveyed guidance to the staff members via email.

“It is our understanding that Twitter Blue does not provide person-level verification as a service. Thus, a blue check mark will now simply serve as a verification that the account is a paid user,” the email read.

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The guidance does not necessarily apply to government agencies, but the report cites a source familiar with White House plans as saying that guidance may be sent to some agencies and departments in the future.

Certain White House officials, such as the President and Vice President, will almost certainly continue to be verified with a grey checkmark.

Flaherty stated in his email that due to Twitter’s new standards, it will no longer be able to guarantee verification for federal agency accounts that do not meet its new eligibility requirements.

Likewise, Twitter announced on Friday that its ‘Verification for Organizations’ service is now available globally.

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Verified Organizations, according to the business, are a new way for organizations and their affiliates to differentiate themselves on the microblogging platform.

Accounts linked with the organization will receive an affiliate badge with the business’s logo on their profile and will also be published on the organization’s Twitter page, indicating their connection.

“All organizations are vetted before they can join Verified Organizations,” says the company.

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