A Twitter blue tick will cost $8 per month says Elon Musk giving people power
The charge will allow users to get the priority replies, mentions, searches & allow them to post longer videos & audio clips, it has been announced.
Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has announced that the platform’s coveted ‘blue tick’ will now cost users $8 (£7) per month and has called the current system a ‘bull.
In a tweet, Musk himself said: “Twitter’s current system of masters and pawns, which has a blue tick or not is bullshit ***.
“Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”
Musk said prices would be “adjusted in proportion to purchasing power parity in each country.”
For the new monthly fee, Musk said, users get “priority for replies, mentions, and searches,” as well as the ability to post lengthy videos and audio clips.
And it offers customers a paywall bypass from “publishers willing to work with us.”
The fee will give the platform a “revenue stream to reward content creators,” he said.
The blue check mark next to someone’s Twitter account tells the user that the public interest account is genuine.
According to Twitter, to earn a blue badge, your account must be “genuine, famous, and active.” There is a six-step verification process.
Last month, Musk completed a $44 billion (£38 billion) purchase of the social media platform with a self-proclaimed mission to ensure everyone’s timeline becomes the ultimate home of free speech.
The announcement came after Twitter advertising executive Sarah Perronet tweeted that she had joined a string of executives stepping down from the platform.
Ms Perronet, who is chief customer officer, said she was stepping down from her post and following other colleagues including former chief executive Parag Agrawal and chief financial officer Ned Segal, who Musk fired last week.
His resignation comes as advertisers and users weigh whether Musk will lift former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban – likely leading to an increase in divisive rhetoric on the platform.
Experts have noted that hate content has skyrocketed since Musk completed his Twitter acquisition.
According to the Network Contagion Research Institute, which identified “cybersocial threats,” N-word usage on the platform increased by nearly 500%.