In a bizarre turn of events, popular cricketers Virat Kohli and Babar Azam recently lost their verified badges on Twitter over a strange reason – non-payment of a small sum of $8 to Elon Musk’s Twitter account.
It all started when Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla, tweeted that he was selling one of his houses and would give priority to verified Twitter users. Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, who are both verified on Twitter, responded to the tweet expressing their interest in buying the house. Elon Musk responded to their tweets and asked them to send him $8 via PayPal to secure their verified status.
However, it appears that neither Kohli nor Azam sent the payment, and as a result, they lost their verified badges on Twitter. The verified badge is a blue checkmark that appears next to a user’s name on Twitter and indicates that their account is authentic and belongs to a notable public figure.
Fans of the cricketers were quick to notice the loss of the verified badge and expressed their disappointment on social media. Some even speculated that the incident was a publicity stunt or a prank.
However, a spokesperson for Twitter confirmed that the removal of the verified badge was due to non-payment of the $8 fee to Elon Musk’s Twitter account. The spokesperson further stated that the badge could be reinstated if the payment was made.