Early this morning, Twitter removed the blue tick badge from Vice-President, Venkaiah Naidu’s account. However, the blue tick was removed from his personal account. The official handle of the Vice President of India is still verified. Named @VPSecretariat, the VP’s secretariat runs the account. It still has a blue tick next to it.
Twitter Removes Verification Badge from Vice-President’s Personal Account
Naidu’s personal Twitter account has 1.3 million followers. His last tweet on the handle was from July 23, 2020. On the other hand, the Vice President’s official account has more than 931,000 followers. The blue tick was removed all of a sudden. No reason was specified at that time. It was indeed shocking news. Besides Naidu’s account, several RSS leaders have also lost the blue tick verification. Many Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders lost their verification Saturday. Joint Secretaries Krishna Gopal and Arun Kumar have lost the blue badge. Former General Secretary, Sunil ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi’s blue tick is also removed. Sampark Pramukh Aniruddha Deshpande is also unverified now. Besides that, Former Joint Secretary Suresh Soni has also lost the blue badge. However, RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat’s account is still verified.
What does the Blue Tick Mean?
The blue tick on a Twitter account lets people know that the account is authentic. Users that are authentic, active, and notable receive the badge. According to rules, Twitter can dismiss the badge anytime they want. The blue verification badge is a sign of authenticity.
When does a Person Lose the Blue Badge?
There are various reasons for losing the verification badge on Twitter.
- When a person changes their username or account name (@handle)
- If the person is inactive or partially uses the account
- Or, if they are no longer in the position, they were verified for
- And, if they don’t meet Twitter’s verification criteria anymore.
Twitter Restores the Blue Tick Later
Several hours later, Twitter restored the blue badge on Naidu’s account. However, the exact reason isn’t specified yet. Most probably it was removed because his account was inactive for quite a long time. And that was one of the criteria for removing the badge. The issue is resolved now.