The blue tick controversy on Twitter has taken an interesting turn after deceased celebrities, including late American singer Chester Bennington, late Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman, and late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, had their blue ticks restored.
The “account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number,” according to a statement outlining the restoration of the service for the deceased celebrities. It’s unclear who paid for the service, though. Rajput and Bennington’s Twitter accounts were last active in 2019 and 2017, respectively.
On June 14, 2020, Sushant—who had roles in Bollywood films like “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” and “Chhichhore”—was discovered hanged in his Mumbai flat.
When he was at the 34 was the age of his passing. The “Black Panther” actor Chadwick passed away in August 2020 after a battle with colon cancer. At the age of 43, he died. Chester, who spent the majority of his life struggling with depression and substance abuse, hanged himself to death. At the age of 41, he passed away on July 20, 2017.
Other famous people who have passed away but had their blue ticks reinstated include, among others, Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald, American professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, and singer-songwriter and dancer Michael Jackson.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, had previously stated that as of April 20, users who do not pay for the service will see their blue tick disappear. Twitter Blue debuted in