Elon Musk Vengefully Kills New York Times’ Verified Twitter Checkmark

In a seemingly petty act of revenge, Elon Musk stripped naked The New York Times of his tick checked just hours after promising to do so in response to the newspaper’s insistence that he would not pay for the blue badge.

The move comes a day after Twitter was set to begin removing badges from verified users, with Musk announcing that these “legacy” marks would be phased out in favor of its paid Twitter Blue program.

But on Sunday, only “a few dozen” verified accounts, including the Timehad had their verified status removed, according to a software developer activity tracking.

Long one of Musk’s greatest goblins, the Time is Twitter’s 24th most followed accounthaving racked up over 54.9 million subscribers over the weekend.

On Thursday, the newspaper was one of several major outlets to say it would not pay Twitter to have itself or its reporters vetted. The removal of the Time‘verified status comes hours after Musk responded to a jurassic park even mocking this announcement.

“Oh ok we’ll take it down then,” Musk wrote in response.

Less than an hour later, Musk returned to his keyboard to let off steam. “The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting,” he tweeted.

“Also, their feed is the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea,” he continued. “It’s unreadable. They would have a lot more real subscribers if they only published their best articles. The same goes for all publications.“

Other Time-affiliate accounts, including its international news, arts and entertainment, technology and business sections, stayed checked Sunday, as did many of his individual reporters.

On Sunday, a spokesperson for the newspaper reiterated that he wouldn’t spit on a badge.

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