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Amid the death of the American republic, the death of Twitter’s blue check is comparatively trivial, but there are certain parallels: both our republic and the blue check are examples of things that used to mean one thing and now mean quite another, while retaining the appearance of being what they originally were. The New York Times reported Friday that “starting on Saturday, many Twitter accounts will lose the check mark under modifications being made by Elon Musk, the social media company’s owner.”
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