In response to criticism over his proposal to charge USD 8 a month for Twitter’s blue tick verification, Twitter’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk, claimed that his social media site is “simply the most interesting place on the Internet.” On October 27, the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, purchased Twitter for a staggering USD 44 billion.
Some veteran users expressed shock and disbelief after Musk stated on Wednesday that the verification blue tick in front of a user’s name that authenticates the account will be paid $8 per month.
“Twitter is simply the most interesting place on the Internet. That’s why you’re reading this tweet right now,” Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
Earlier he tweeted: “Being attacked by both right and left simultaneously is a good sign” and “you get what you pay for”.
“Power to the people! Blue for USD 8 per month,” he tweeted on Tuesday, adding that the price is adjusted by country proportionate to purchasing power parity.
Users will also receive priority in replies, mentions, and searches, which he claimed is crucial to thwarting spam and scams, along with the ability to post lengthy video and audio files, half as many advertisements, and a paywall bypass for publishers willing to collaborate with the social media company, for that price, he claimed.
The monthly payments for the blue tick from users, according to Musk, 51, will also provide Twitter with a source of income to compensate content producers.
He added that public figures will have a secondary tag beneath their name, as is presently the case for politicians.
A blue checkmark indicates that a specific account has been verified because it is well-known in the news, entertainment, politics, or another relevant field.
In response to a lawsuit accusing it of not doing enough to stop fake accounts, Twitter implemented the system in 2009.
However, many seasoned users—including author Stephen King, who has close to seven million followers on the platform—were not pleased with Musk’s choice to charge for blue ticks.
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