Blue Twitter Checks Purchased by Taliban Officials Reportedly Revoked – Fox Business

Blue Twitter Checks Purchased by Taliban Officials Reportedly Revoked – Fox Business

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The verified “blue check” for senior Taliban officials on Twitter appears to have been revoked after media reports reported that they paid the $8 monthly subscription fee for the verified status of the social media site.

Two Taliban officials subscribed to the service Twitter Blue, a monthly service offered after new owner Elon Musk took over the social media platform, the New York Post reported.

The BBC reported earlier on Tuesday that Taliban officials Abdul Haq Hammad, the top media official at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, and Hedayatullah Hedayat, the head of the Taliban’s “Access to Information” department, paid the blue check.

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Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban have used Twitter for years and have praised Elon Musk since he bought the platform. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul/AP Images)

Some Taliban supporters also acquired the blue check, although the symbol was not visible on their account pages. After the report, her verified status disappeared, the Post reported.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Twitter.

The Taliban, who took over Afghanistan in August 2021 after American forces withdrew, have long used Twitter, although officials have never been verified.

“Interestingly, the Taliban praise Elon Musk for verifying their accounts, and even they say that Elon is originally Afghan from Logar Province. Congratulations Elon!” tweeted Tajuden Soroush, an Afghan journalist living in London.

Before Musk bought Twitter in a $44 billion acquisition, certain accounts were ticked to confirm their status as journalists, public figures, elected officials, celebrities, and other prominent figures.

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After the purchase, Musk introduced Twitter Blue, which allows users to pay $8 per month in exchange for a blue tick.

The move got off to a rocky start when pranksters began creating accounts of political leaders and sports stars while posting inflammatory tweets.