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Twitter restores blue tick on MS Dhoni’s account after brief removal, reasons not cited

Twitter has restored the verified blue tick on former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s account after briefly removing it earlier on Friday. As per Twitter rules, a lack of activity in a social media account for a prolonged period could lead to a verified account losing its blue tick. BCCI’s media manager Moulin Parekh took to Twitter to confirm that the social media giant had restored the blue tick on MS Dhoni’s account.

While Twitter is yet to give an explanation on 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. MS Dhoni’s last tweet from the Twitter handle was posted on January 8, 2021. Twitter requires users to log in to the account in six months to be considered eligible for verification.

The blue tick on a Twitter handle is a symbol that the social media account is authentic. To receive the blue badge, a person’s account must be authentic, notable, and active. The former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman has 8.2 million followers on Twitter, over 26 million on Facebook, and 34.5 million on Instagram. Dhoni is not much active on social media.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020, and now only plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

However, this is not the first time Twitter has done something like this. Earlier, the blue tick badge was removed from India’s former Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad’s verified Twitter account which was later on restored.

How to get blue tick badge

The blue tick badge on a Twitter handle, like other social media handles lets people know that the account is verified and authentic.

Users need to verify their identity, be part of a prominent organisation or brand, have a follower count in the top 0.5% of active accounts in their geographical location, among other things.

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