Jack Black: Twitter’s blue tick is embarrassing
“Maybe it’s cooler if there’s no check,” Black said. “It’s definitely not cool to pay for it.”
Another week, another series of hastily rolled out changes to Twitter that seem to upset everyone. As Elon Musk continues to overhaul the social media platform he bought for $44 billion to find new revenue streams, the company has begun a major overhaul of its control system.
The famous “blue ticks”, originally given to high-profile users to verify that their accounts were linked to the actual person and not an impersonator, have been repurposed as an add-on that anyone can buy. In addition, Musk announced that verified users who do not pay for the service will be unchecked in the coming weeks.
The topic sparked plenty of discussion about how the move could make it easier to spread false information on Twitter — even reaching the Los Angeles premiere of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
In a red carpet interview Species, Jack Black offered his two cents about the changes taking place at the social media giant. The actor and comedian who voices Bowser in the video game adaptation has made it clear that he has no interest in paying to be verified.
“I don’t know if I’ll pay for it,” Black said. “I’m a little confused about the blue check, to be honest with you. Maybe it’s cooler if there’s no check. It sure isn’t cool to pay for it. I’ll see what happens if I don’t pay for it. I’m going to call his bluff to see if he actually takes the check.
Black’s co-star Chris Pratt, who voices Mario in the upcoming animated film, gave a slightly more diplomatic response when asked a similar question.
“I don’t know,” Pratt said when asked if he plans to pay to keep his Twitter credentials. “I really care about all (my followers). I do everything I can to stay a part of their lives because I respect their attention and I like to use it to talk to them when I’m making movies and stuff.”
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” hits theaters on Wednesday, April 5.
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