New York Times Stripped Of Twitter Verification Badge

The New York Times has lost its Twitter verification badge after it was reportedly swiped by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

It appears to be among the first set of accounts on the platform to no longer sport a verified status as a ‘blue badge’ amidst moves by Twitter to initiate a paid-subscription model.

GBNews covered the outlet’s loss of its badge, saying that while the New York Times is now an official parody newspaper, they already knew it was “years ago.”

The two male anchors covering the segment also joked that the account now looks “naked” and “unverified,” before questioning whether or not Musk will ultimately be able to make Twitter profitable.

Twitter’s new leadership faces a grand challenge; it was noted during the segment that the company has never turned a profit throughout its entire existence.

CNN Business covered this continuous issue for the social media giant back in 2016. At the time, the outlet noted that Twitter has lost $2 billion since 2011, with new organizations, products, designs, and functions doing little to change the trend.

Musk put The New York Times in a couple of posts he made online Saturday night.

“The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting,” wrote Musk, tagging the newspaper’s account.

“Also, their feed is the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea,” he added. “It’s unreadable. They would have far more real followers if they only posted their top articles. Same applies to all publications.”

Management from the outlet informed employees last week that it would not be paying the monthly fee for the check mark, while also not covering Twitter Blue for personal accounts, according to Rolling Stone.

A New York Times spokesperson reportedly confirmed this to The Daily Wire as well.

Musk reacted to The Times deciding to not pay the fee, saying, “Oh ok, we’ll take it off then.”