Elon Musk, the new head of Twitter, says that you will need to pay $8 per month in order to get the blue tick on Twitter.
He asserted that the new subscription service will generate additional money for the business while assisting in resolving the platform’s bot and troll problems.
A controversial $44 billion purchase gave the world’s richest man total control of the social media juggernaut just days prior to the announcement.
“Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” Musk, who prides himself on being a champion of free expression, tweeted in reference to Twitter Blue, the platform’s premium subscription service.
As part of the new strategy, premium subscribers will be granted access to Twitter’s renowned blue checkmark, which denotes a verified, legitimate account.
Only public personalities have access to that function at the moment, which Musk called a “lords & peasants system.”
According to him, “priority” placement in “replies, mentions, and search” is “essential to defeat spam/scam” and will be given to Twitter Blue subscribers as well.
Additionally, he stated, customers would have access to a “paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with us,” improved video capabilities, fewer advertisements, and other features.
Currently, Twitter Blue gives users free, ad-free access to some news websites, including the Los Angeles Times.
“This will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators,” Musk tweeted.
He also announced “a secondary tag below the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians” in response to some Twitter users’ concerns that their blue checkmark might lose its renown.
Currently, Twitter Blue users can edit their tweets, among other premium capabilities that are available.
Musk said in a reply to his initial tweet that the new plan’s price, which would increase from the current $5 per month, will vary by nation and be “proportionate to purchasing power parity.”
Users who supported the paid-verification plan were retweeted and responded to by Musk, who said that the action “will eradicate the bots.”
“If a paid Blue account engages in spam/scam, that account will be suspended,” Musk wrote.
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