Musk says Twitter will charge $8/month for blue tick

Elon Musk has said Twitter will charge $8 monthly to Twitter users who want a blue tick by their name indicating a verified account.

A blue check mark next to a username on social media platform- normally for high-profile figures – is currently free.

Mr. Musk, the world’s richest person, added that paid users would have priority in replies and searches, and half as many advertisements.

“Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” the billionaire said on Twitter, criticizing the old method of blue tick verification as a “lords and peasants system”.

Twitter’s previous method of verifying users for a blue tick included a brief online application form and was reserved for those whose identities were likely to be impersonated, such as celebrities, politicians, and journalists.

According to reports in the Guardian newspaper, there were about 400,000 verified users on Twitter as of 2021.

Billionaire Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion last week.

He has moved quickly to establish his authority over the company since taking over, dismissing the previous CEO and other top executives.

Elon Musk announced on Tuesday that subscribers with blue check marks would receive priority in replies, mentions, and search, as well as the ability to post longer videos and audios. They would see half as many advertisements.

He also offered pay-wall bypasses from “publishers willing to work with us” to subscribers.

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