Eight dollars for verification
Now Musk is asking Twitter users to checkout
The new Twitter owner Elon Musk (51) will charge for user verification. The coveted white tick on a blue verification badge will cost eight dollars a month in the United States.
Until now, Twitter had given away the tick symbols, which guarantee the authenticity of the Twitter profile, free of charge. Above all, the accounts of celebrities, companies, and users with many followers, such as politicians or journalists, were marked with it. Right now this will finally end up here.
The new Twitter owner Elon Musk (51) wants to ask users of the short message service to verify their user accounts and charge eight dollars a month. The previous system for awarding the blue tick was “nonsense,” wrote the multi-billionaire on Twitter on Tuesday. In the future, a subscription to the paid offer Twitter Blue should be a prerequisite for verifying an account.
Paying customers should enjoy advantages
Its price should be increased from the current $4.99 to $8 per month, Musk continued. However, the subscription price should be set for each country according to purchasing power. Twitter Blue users would also get priority for replies, mentions and searches, post “long videos and audios,” and receive half as much advertising as other Twitter users. Musk even considered charging $19.99 a month for the expanded Twitter Blue offering.
The boss of the electric car manufacturer Tesla and the space company SpaceX took over Twitter last week for 44 billion dollars (around 44 billion euros). He immediately dismissed top management and later also dissolved the board of directors. As the sole director, the richest person in the world now has complete power over the online platform.
Observers had expected Musk to expand the Twitter Blue payment service to generate more revenue for the short message service. So far, user accounts from politicians, celebrities, journalists and organizations, for example, have been verified and marked with a blue tick in the standard offer without asking for money. (AFP/SDA)