Social media platform X, led by Elon Musk, has discontinued its feature that allowed premium subscribers to use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as hexagon-shaped profile pictures, a service that had been available since January 2022.
The removal of NFT support, which was quietly executed amidst updates including peer-to-peer payments and AI tools, comes as other tech giants like Meta also retract from their NFT initiatives, TechCrunch reported.
The NFT market has experienced a significant downturn in trading volume throughout the majority of 2023. However, total sales in December topped US$1.776 billion, passing US$1 billion for the first time since February 2023, according to CryptoSlam.
The NFT profile picture feature enabled Twitter Blue subscribers to showcase their NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain. Users could interact with these hexagonal avatars to access details about the NFT, such as the collection it belonged to, contract address, TokenID, and the app used for minting.
However, as of now, all references to this feature have been scrubbed from X’s premium subscription page, although users who had previously set an NFT as their profile picture still retain the hexagonal design.