Tech billionaire Elon Musk-owned X (formerly Twitter) has removed the ability for Premium subscribers to hide their blue checkmarks, according to a notification received by multiple users on Thursday.

The blue checkmark was originally a symbol of authenticity, reserved for celebrities, public figures, organizations, and brands of significant public interest.

When Elon Musk took over X, the blue checkmark became purchasable via the X Premium program. This caused controversy, as many felt it diluted the value and meaning of the verification badge.

To appease critics, X introduced the ability for Premium users to hide their badges, providing some control over its display.

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