Twitter Users to pay $8 per month for Blue Badge, says Elon Musk

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Twitter boss Elon Musk has proposed to sell Twitter verification to users for $8 monthly.

Musk disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Tuesday evening, 01 November 2022.

The richest man bought the social medium for a whooping sum of $44 billion (£38bn) after controversies about the number of spam users.

In his tweet, Elon said, "Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.

"Price adjusted by country proportionate to purchasing power parity."

Musk also assured that those with a verified handle would get "Priority in replies, mentions & search, which is essential to defeat spam/scams - Ability to post long videos & audio - Half as many ads.

"There will be a secondary tag below the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians."

Currently, a blue tick added to a handle means the user is a high-profile figure, and it is free.

Before now, users applied via an online application form to get a Twitter blue badge which was introduced to eliminate impersonators of celebrities, politicians, and journalists.

Though the microblogging claims to issue the blue badge only to those with genuine celebrities, it indirectly links its approval to user engagement.

The system was introduced in 2009 after it faced a legal battle over its inability to prevent imposter accounts.

Mr. Musk's new system also appeals to publishers who will be "willing to work with us, and this will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators."

TV expert Lance Ulanoff is one of those skeptical about the new paid verification system introduced by Musk.

In his response, Lance questions what Mr. Musk intends to do with those whose profiles are already verified if he intends to charge monthly.

He says, "Can you outline exactly how this impacts existing Verified users? Will they lose verification unless they pay, or is this value-add for everyone, regardless of verification?

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