Twitter under Musk’s leadership soon to charge verified users a monthly fee

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Twitter may soon charge users with “verified” badges after Elon Musk’s takeover.
  • Sources said Twitter plans to increase its optional $4.99-a-month premium subscription called Twitter Blue to $19.99 a month.
  • Musk, a self-declared anti-advertisement, may launch the new Twitter Blue subscription to generate revenue on the social platform.

Following Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, several outlets reported the self-declared anti-advertising “Chief Twit” may soon launch a new method to generate revenue on the social platform by making users pay for their verification badges. 

Sources familiar with the matter told Platformer, a newsletter created by Casey Newton, a former editor of The Verge, that Twitter executives spent the weekend discussing a possible change to the social platform where users would have to pay to subscribe to Twitter Blue or lose their badges.

Twitter Blue, a $4.99 monthly subscription, launched last year as the platform’s premium offering, giving users access to new features like customizable app icons, the ability to undo or bookmark tweets, and a “reader mode” to more easily view long threads of posts. A verification-tier subscription may cost as much as $19.99 per month, The Verge reported.

Currently only available in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Twitter Blue’s launch has struggled with niche appeal and limited features — but linking verification to the subscription fee could bolster its popularity. Should Twitter require payment for its verified status, it would be the first major American social media app to do so, as most platforms offer the feature for free. 

The current verification process, which Musk has previously described as “like if Kafka had a Magic 8-Ball,” has long been decried as being an “elitist” status, with narrow eligibility requirements sometimes considered biased against average users. Tying verification to the paid subscription model would establish clearer criteria for getting a badge, as well as generate additional revenue for the social media platform.

Though the move has not been finalized, sources told Platformer, Musk has in the past posted about how he hates advertising, and in his takeover pitch to investors pledged to cut the platform’s reliance on ad revenue and increase the average revenue per user.

Online, the response to potential charges for a verified status was met largely with resistance by people who currently hold the badges, who speculated the change would be “a disaster.”

“There’s literally no amount of money I would ever pay to be verified on twitter,” producer Michael Schur, known online as Ken Tremendous, tweeted. “Not if it were one goddamn American cent payable over 999 years.”

Source: New York Post

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5 thoughts on “Twitter under Musk’s leadership soon to charge verified users a monthly fee

  1. I left Twitter several yrs ago – why would I pay one cent to use that – I am assuming after all is said and done elon is trying to recoupe his money he paid out for the platform that was ruined by the woks of the anti free speech people behind the curtains of twitter – same goes with FB- I will never pay one cent for any of them to use — maybe Eon should buy FB and fire all those anti free speech people too – all I can say, this will be a very good christmas on what elon did though – one down and a few more to go

  2. “Sources” may say the fees will go up, but neither Mr. Musk nor Twitter have officially made any such statement. I don’t use Twitter, or any other social media site, so not much of an issue with me, but I grow weary of all of these speculations and quoted “sources” that never actually come to fruition. I’ll just sit back and watch and see what happens.

    1. I always laugh at this sort of post “I’ll NEVER pay/buy/be a part of” because no one, and I mean absolutely NO ONE cares about you being or not being a part of ANYTHING. So, in the final analysis, who exactly are you virtue signaling to? Crawl back in your hole, troll. The world doesn’t give a damn.

  3. I am not on any social media at all. But if it means you have to pay to verify who you are means less of the left screaming their liberal lies.So be it !

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