Bhubaneswar: Social media platform Twitter on Friday removed the blue verified tick from former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni’s official handle before restoring it following uproar on social media.
The World Cup-winning skipper has millions of followers on social media but seldom uses his official Twitter, Facebook or Instagram handles.
Dhoni has 8.2 million followers on Twitter while 26 million and 34.5 million on Facebook and Instagram respectively. Although Twitter has not officially issued a statement regarding the removal of Dhoni’s blue tick, some have speculated that it must have been done due to lack of activity on his handle.
This is not the first time that Twitter removed the blue tick from a verified handle. Earlier this year, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad faced a similar gaffe after the blue tick from his official handle was removed.
The last time Dhoni tweeted anything on Twitter was in January 2021. He shared the same post on Instagram on the same day as well. The Chennai Super Kings stalwart was last active on Facebook on April 30, 2021.
Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020. However, he continues to feature for CSK in the Indian Premier League which is set to resume in September.