WH Won’t Reimburse Staff to Be Verified on Twitter

The Biden administration said Friday it will not reimburse White House staff members who pay for a Twitter verification checkmark on their staff account profiles.

Twitter announced March 23 that it will begin to end its legacy verified program Saturday and remove legacy verified blue checkmarks. For those in the U.S. who want to keep their blue checkmarks signifying a verified account, they must subscribe to Twitter Blue, which costs either $8 or $11 a month or $84 and $114.99 a year, according Twitter’s pricing scale.

“It is our understanding that Twitter Blue does not provide person-level verification as a service,” White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty told staffers in an email early Friday obtained by Axios. “Thus, a blue checkmark will now simply serve as a verification that the account is a paid user.”

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