New Twitter boss Elon Musk wants you to pay for your blue tick



Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, wants more money and verified Twitter users may have to pay $20 (R365) per month or lose Blue Tick verified status.

The social media site’s new owner, whose profile is now Chief Twit, paid $44 billion to buy the company and said the verification process on the platform, which adds a blue tick next to a user’s profile name, will be revised.

The South African-born owner of Tesla, Space X and now Twitter announced the plan in a tweet, when a user said he was denied the prestigious blue tick despite having a large following.

While the official details of the new verification process remain unclear, The edge reported that the company will soon start charging users for the blue tick.

Twitter Blue

Users would have to subscribe to Twitter Blue for $4.99 (91R) a month or lose their “verified” badges as the project progresses, the report said.

The report went on to say that the paid Twitter Blue verification process will be $19.99 for the subscription and that staff working on the project have been told they have a November 7 deadline need to start the function, or that they will be dismissed.

Currently only available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Twitter Blue’s launch struggled with niche appeal and limited features.

Still no decision

Elon Musk has not yet made a final decision on the matter and the project could still be scrapped. But loud platformsit is likely that verification will become part of Twitter Blue.

On Friday, Musk tweeted that Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with widely differing viewpoints.

“No major content decisions or account restorations will be made until this council meets.”

What does it mean to have a verified Twitter account?

According to the Twitter help page, the blue Verified badge on Twitter lets people know that a public interest account is authentic. To be verified, your account must be notable and active. Currently, anyone can apply for Twitter verification.

twits fired

One from Elon muskAccording to several US media, his first decision after coming to the company with a sink was to fire Twitter boss Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde.

The billionaire entrepreneur has to find a replacement for her.

“Elon Musk is in the unenviable position of convincing senior executives to work for him on a platform he has publicly belittled,” said Jasmine Enberg, analyst at Insider Intelligence.

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