CNN journalist Larry Madowo had gotten rid of his blue verification checkmark on Twitter.
In a statement, Madowo said he has never wanted to have the verification checkmark, the reason he decided to do away with it.
"I finally got rid of the blue checkmark. I didn’t pay for it and never wanted it but it was forced on everyone with 1m+ followers," Madowo stated.
Twitter gives verification marks to Twitter users with over a million followers for free, while the rest have to pay for Twitter Blue in order to get the blue checkmark.
Twitter Blue is an opt-in, paid subscription that adds a blue checkmark to your account and offers early access to select features.
Subscribers of Twitter Blue and all verified accounts enjoy special features such as creating tweets, replies and quotes up to 25,000 characters long, while regular users have up to 280 characters.
The users can edit tweets up to five times within one hour of tweeting and also upload and tweet videos that are up to 60 minutes long (1080p) on twitter.com and up to 10 minutes long on iOS and Android.
Twitter Blue comes with localized pricing starting at $8 (Ksh1100) per month or $84 (Ksh11,500) per year.
Before Elon Musk took Twitter private, the check marks were limited to notable figures in government, media, or who were otherwise in the public eye and ran a heightened risk of impersonation.