Microblogging site Twitter on Friday removed the blue tick badge from the account of former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but later restored it within hours after media furore. Like every other social media handles, blue tick badge on Twitter lets people know that the account is verified and authentic.
While Twitter has not revealed why the blue tick badge was removed from Dhoni’s account, it could be because the Indian cricketer has not been active on the platform. Dhoni’s last tweet was posted on January 8, 2021 and his tweets were were going down since 2018.
As of today, Dhoni has 8.2 million followers on Twitter.
While, this has not affected the Dhoni’s popularity, this act of Twitter did not go down well with his fans they started tweeted using the hashtag MS Dhoni.
One of the users wrote, “Give back the blue tick to @msdhoni sir Twitter #bluetickformsd”. Another wrote, “He is still one of the most celebrated personalities. #MSDhoni @msdhoni.”
However, another user wrote, “Give back the blue tick to @msdhoni.Yellow heart.atleast respect the personality, when you tag you can’t differentiate between the real account and the fan made. So pathetic move from @verified @Twitter. thr are many reason for being #inactive , you can’t jst remove verification.”
It also triggered a meme fest on Twitter.
The former skipper had announced the retirement on August 15 after the T20 World Cup team announcement, to be held in Australia in October-November, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dhoni had last played in blue jersey against against New Zealand in 2019 World Cup semifinal.
In other India news, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and leaders from 14 other opposition parties on Friday reached Jantar Mantar to support farmers in their protest against Centre’s three contentious farm laws