Some celebrities will not be losing their Twitter Verification Badge after all!
However, Legendary Basketball player, LeBron James kept his blue check despite previously saying he would never pay for it.
The fact that James retained his verified badge came as a surprise to many, especially since he had previously declared on the same platform that he would never pay for the check, even though Twitter Blue costs $8.
According to USA Today, a Twitter employee emailed James to “extend a complimentary subscription to Twitter Blue for your account, @kingjames, on behalf of Elon Musk. However, a person familiar with the situation said James declined the offer when Twitter reached out.
Musk, further confirmed on Twitter that he is offering this benefit to some celebrities. He wrote:
“I’m paying for a few personally”.
Other NBA players such as Stephen Curry, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Ja Morant used to have legacy verified accounts also lost their blue checks on Thursday.