Twitter’s new boss, Elon Musk, wants you to pay for your blue tick

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

The new owner of the social media site, whose profile now reads “Chief Twit,” paid $44 billion to buy the company and said the verification process on the platform, which adds a blue check next to a user’s profile name, is being renewed.

The South African-born owner of Tesla, Space X and now Twitter announced the plan in a tweet after a user said he had been denied the prestigious blue mark despite having a large fan base.

While official details about the new verification process remain unclear, The Verge reported that the company will soon charge users for the blue brand.

Twitter Blue

According to the report, users would have to subscribe to Twitter Blue at $4.99 (R91) a month or lose their “verified” badges if the project goes ahead.

The report further stated that Twitter Blue’s verification process to be charged will be $19.99 for the subscription and that employees working on the project have been told to meet the November 7 deadline to launch the feature or they will be fired.

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

No decision yet

Elon Musk has not made a final decision on the matter and the project could still be discarded. But according to platformsverification is likely part of Twitter Blue.

On Friday, Musk tweeted that Twitter will form a content moderation board with very diverse viewpoints.

“No major content decisions or account resets will occur before that board meets.”

What does it mean to have a verified account on Twitter?

According to Twitter’s help page, the verified blue badge on Twitter lets you 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 muskThe first decisions after entering the company with a bathroom sink were to fire Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and head of legal affairs Vijaya Gadde, according to several US media.

The billionaire businessman will have to find replacements for them.

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

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