New York Times Takes a Stand Against Twitter Elitism: Refuses to Pay for Verified Checkmarks

Paper of Record Says Verification is “Too Expensive” and “Not Worth the Hype”

The New York Times, one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers, has taken a bold stance against Twitter elitism by refusing to pay for a verified checkmark on its account. The move has sparked a wave of controversy and speculation about the future of social media status symbols.

“We believe that our journalism speaks for itself, and we don’t need a little blue checkmark to prove it,” said Times social media manager, John Smith. “Besides, we already have a Pulitzer Prize, what more do we need?”

The decision comes after Twitter raised the price of its verified checkmark service, which allows users to confirm their identity and credibility with a small blue badge next to their name. The Times argues that the cost is too high and the benefits too little.

“We looked at the price tag and thought, ‘Are you kidding me?'” said Smith. “We could buy a year’s supply of coffee for our reporters with that kind of money.”

Critics of the Times’ decision say that the verified checkmark is a valuable tool for identifying legitimate sources in an era of fake news and online misinformation. But the Times remains steadfast in its decision.

“We’re not saying that verification is a bad thing, we’re just saying that it’s not worth the hype,” said Smith. “We’d rather spend our money on investigative reporting than on a tiny blue badge.”

Despite the controversy, the Times has seen a surge in followers and engagement on its Twitter account since the announcement. Perhaps, as they say, less is more.

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