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X’s ‘complimentary’ Premium push gives people blue checks they didn’t ask for

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Just as Elon Musk said, X is doling out free Premium and Premium Plus memberships to accounts with a high number of verified followers.

Multiple X users on Wednesday reported seeing the familiar blue “Verified” checkmark next to their handles despite not paying for either paid X subscription tier. Musk last week announced that X accounts with over 2,500 “verified subscriber followers” would receive a free Premium membership; while accounts with over 5,000 would receive a free Premium Plus membership.

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