Rules apply to everyone, including those in positions of power. In one of his most recent tweets, Elon Musk stated that even he, as the owner of Twitter, was paying the $8 verification fee.
He continues by saying that he is merely acting in this way to encourage others with opposing viewpoints to respectfully discuss the issue.
It seems that some persons experienced delays in the update of their publicly apparent verification status. On Musk’s account, several people could only make out a grey verification checkmark. Every well-known figure in “government, news, entertainment, or another recognized category” has it listed.
Just a note to encourage people of different political or other views to engage in civil debate on Twitter.
Worst case, the other side has a slightly better understanding of your views.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2022
However, some others who responded afterward could see the blue verification badge, which simply reads, “This account is verified since it is subscribed to Twitter Blue,” proving that he is actually paying for it.
As soon as Elon Musk became the platform’s new owner, Twitter’s new $8 blue tick verification went live. The first launch, which allowed anybody to pretend to be a valid account belonging to a real person or organization by paying $8, flopped tragically. Millions of dollars were lost by some businesses as a result.
Prior to that, Musk intended the verification fee to be $20, but after receiving harsh criticism from internet users, including renowned novelist Stephen King, the fee was soon lowered to $8.
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