New Twitter owner Elon Musk will start charging $20 per month for verification
Elon Musk, Twitter’s new “Chief Tweeter,” is considering adding verification to Twitter Blue while raising the price of the subscription service. Essentially, this would result in users being charged a $20 monthly fee to maintain their Blue Check badge.
Elon Musk, who recently acquired control of Twitter for $44 billion, intends to do just that charge $20 per month for Twitter Blue subscription to get the verification badge.
Naturally, many people have said they’d rather just be unconfirmed. Musk’s new era at Twitter began last week with a flurry of firings and an increase in insults signaling significant changes for the company.
According to a Platformer report published on Sunday, Twitter may soon require users to have a paid subscription to Twitter Blue in order to maintain their verified status. Currently, Twitter verification simply charges the psychological toll of being on the hellish site and rewards verified accounts with a small checkmark badge.
Additional, according to The Verge, has plans to raise the price of a Twitter Blue subscription from the already exorbitant $4.99 monthly fee to a staggering $19.99 per month. It’s the same price as a premium Netflix subscription, but the content is noticeably lower.
Twitter’s planned modifications may make it possible for non-verified users to effectively purchase the desired blue check badge. Currently, Twitter only recognizes notable accounts that come from “prominently recognized individuals or brands” as verified accounts.
Anyone who meets the other two requirements of being active on Twitter and verifying their identity will likely be able to be verified if the modification is approved. The fight against disinformation and impersonation can be helped by this.
Unfortunately, the $19.99 monthly price with a blue tick greatly reduces the appeal.
People think of it as a status thing because a lot of status people are vetted, but the causality is that if you’re well-known, you’re more likely to be targeted for exposure and/or there’s more public interest in being able to to confirm that your statements are yours.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) October 31, 2022
Users will have 90 days to subscribe when Twitter’s new rule goes into effect or they will lose their blue tick. What will happen to verified users in nations where Twitter Blue is not available ie. any nation other than the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand is not yet known. It’s also not known if Musk paid that much attention.
Goodbye blue check, you never made me a dime x
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) October 30, 2022
Twitter Blue users can currently edit their tweets, upload 1080p videos, and view the articles that receive the most shares on their network. Since there is a non-zero chance that someone who pays for Twitter is also interested in cryptocurrencies, this also allows accounts to use NFTs as their profile picture. None of this seems worth the money spent, even with certification.
already paid for my blue tick (worked in media for several years making 38k building million dollar companies)
— BRAD ESPOSITO (@bradesposito) October 30, 2022
As annoying as it is, the editing option has always been an extra that had to be purchased, not just part of Twitter’s base offering. A previously free feature will be locked behind a paywall under Musk’s proposal to change Twitter’s verification mechanism, a move that has never been well received.
To put it mildly, responses to Musk’s proposed modification to Twitter’s verification process have been derisive.
The funny thing is, I’m a current twitter blue subscriber, but I’ll have to unsubscribe if they make confirmation dependent on having a twitter blue subscription, because paying for a bookmark is 100% horrible. @TwitterBlue https://t.co/i3XmiF66TF
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) October 30, 2022
You’re already ticked for being ticked, and I just filled out a form. If I was paying money for this crap, you would have every right to scam me off of this website.
– Italian Elon Musk (@xoxogossipgita) October 30, 2022
Along with how unpopular these changes are, Musk won’t win many fans for the way he appears to have implemented them.
The CEO tweeted: “I’m walking into Twitter HQ – let that sink in!” on October 27, 2022. Since Elon had to go to work to fulfill his $44 billion bid to acquire Twitter, it’s obvious why he brought the sink inside the headquarters.
According to a report by The Verge, Twitter employees were informed on Sunday that if they didn’t adopt Twitter Blue’s new pricing and verification system by Nov. 7, it would result in their termination, giving them less than 10 days to do so. this. Twitter’s work-life balance has likely suffered significantly.
I hope it doesn’t go away that Twitter verified users have to pay $5 a month to keep their bookmarks.
If so, it was nice to have that inflated sense of self-importance. ?
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) October 30, 2022
The blue check was just luck, a request at the right time. And it has definitely helped more than it has hindered. I helped to leave a stranger.
But Twitter – and my use of it – stopped growing years ago. So many will be in one boat. No need to pay for the bookmark.
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) October 30, 2022
Musk seems to believe that his modifications to Twitter Blue will increase the profitability of the business. However, many accounts may simply let their verified status expire without regret if Twitter decides to make verification a paid option.
The blue tick label will simply become a pointer to which idiots have banded together to pay Twitter $19.99 every month instead of fighting misinformation.
lol@verified badges are a safety feature. If Twitter charges for them, a lot @verified users like me will just say no and leave this place and twitter goes back to a “free-for-all hellscape” because Elon is @verified genius. https://t.co/jAEjZB2pe4
— David C. Tikvi (@dphrygian) October 30, 2022
DO IT DO IT
Please Elon turn away the most active users of your service.
The big verified people won’t care because most of them won’t notice and have a team that uses Twitter for them. But moderate verified users who create tweets will suffer. https://t.co/2XW2D14XzT
— The call comes from inside Nash (@Nash076) October 30, 2022
Elon Musk, who now controls Twitter after his $44 billion transaction, plans to charge $20/month for a Twitter Blue subscription to get the verification badge. Verified users have 90 days to subscribe or lose their status. Staff have until November 7 to start the feature or be fired.
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