The announcement a few weeks ago that verified accounts would be losing the blue checkmark on Twitter at the start of April seems to have been somewhat premature. As of this writing the only account I’ve seen lose the blue verified checkmark has been the main account of The New York Times, but not any of its sub accounts.
Those are two separate images above because searching for “New York Times” doesn’t return “The New York Times.” A mix of green and blue and no checkmarks across their twitter accounts currently.
As of today, when the blue mark for verified was supposed to go away, the Blue Checkmark remains and lists as a legacy verified account, or $8 subscriber. Two other checkmarks indicate govt and organizations that are verified.
So it seems that legacy accounts now are now placed right alongside with people who want to pay for that status, and the accounts that had the checkmark, other than the ones Twitter/Musk singles out for check mark removal still have it for now.
There does not appear to be a checkmark that differentiates a legitimate commercial entity from a troll with $8 in their hands.
The removal of the blue checkmarks may or may not happen in a few weeks.