Elon Musk Punishes New York Times For Lies
"Twitter CEO Elon Musk is tired of the lies published about him and objects to the New York Times refusing to pay eight dollars a month to pay for the verifed badge, so he just took the badge away from the leftist rag, " says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.
Twitter strikes New York Times' verified badge on Elon Musk's orders
Twitter removed the "verified" badge from the New York Times' main account on Sunday, a move that billionaire owner Elon Musk pushed for overnight after learning that the news organization would not pay for its Twitter Blue service.
The move continues Musk's years-long grudge against U.S. journalists who have reported critically on him, and it will raise the risks of impersonation. It also contradicts an internal plan, first reported by the Times on Thursday, to keep the badges on for the 10,000 most-followed organizations, regardless of whether they paid.
Twitter had said that it would begin winding down its traditional verification program starting Saturday, removing the blue check mark icons it had for years applied to the accounts of verified companies, journalists and public figures.