Twitter strips many celebrities of blue tick

09:45 PM | 21 Apr, 2023
Twitter strips many celebrities of blue tick
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Elon Musk's Twitter made a bold move on April 21, withdrawing the blue tick and asking people to sign up for the new subscription.

Twitter has removed all blue verification checkmarks on accounts held by notable individuals and organisations. The microblogging site had previously stated that the blue tick, which is used to differentiate between genuine accounts and fake accounts or the ones made by fans, would only be available to those who would pay $8 per month subscription fee.

Twitter has been rife with chaos as unverified individuals have been impersonating prominent personalities and organisations since Musk took over. Although policies were put in place to tackle this issue, the decision to remove the verified badge has left many celebrities feeling dissatisfied.

This move has resulted in many high-profile individuals losing their blue ticks, including celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Rahul Gandhi.

Active Twitter users such as cricketers M S Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, fiction writer Chetan Bhagat, and South Indian superstar Rajnikanth also lost their verification status because they did not subscribe to Twitter Blue.

However, some individuals, like Jr NTR and SS Rajamouli, who starred and directed, respectively, in the film RRR, still have their blue ticks, suggesting they have subscribed to the service. Baahubali star Rana Daggubati and South Indian actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nayantara also lost their blue ticks. Even superstar Chiranjeevi and Tamil actor Kamal Hassan lost their verified status.

Many Pakistani stars, including Mahira Khan, Fahad Mustafa, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Asim Azhar, have also lost their blue ticks because they have yet to subscribe to Twitter Blue. Notable figures like Imran Khan, Malala Yousafzai and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also lost their verified status. However, others like Hareem Farooq, Jemima Goldsmith and Bilal Lashari kept their blue ticks because they had subscribed to Twitter Blue.

Several international celebrities also lost their blue ticks, including the Pope, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. Surprisingly, Musk paid for the blue ticks of three celebrities: William Shatner, Stephen King, and LeBron James, despite King criticizing the verification payment. The UK's Ricky Gervais and Prince William and Princess Kate also lost their blue ticks.

While some celebrities, such as Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and Taylor Swift, still have their blue ticks. An analysis by independent researcher Travis Brown suggests that only 4.4% of Twitter's legacy verified accounts have subscribed to Twitter Blue so far. As the policy continues to roll out, it is likely that many verified accounts will lose their status, depending on their decision to subscribe to Twitter Blue.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on October 1, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on October 1, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR  307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – October 1, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,800 on Sunday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 173,870.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 1 October 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 202,800 PKR 2,420


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