Verified user accounts on Twitter are supposed to bring benefits to their owners. For example, in the form of prioritization when searching or when displaying comments written by the owner of such an account. At least that’s how Elon Musk, who recently took over the social network, imagines it.
Verified accounts for a fee
The new owner of Twitter, the American billionaire and the richest person on the planet, Elon Musk, wants to charge for verified Twitter accounts (those with a blue “whistle”). According to him, the current system is bad. The owner of a verified account de facto has no benefits from his verification. And that is about to change.
“All the best to the people! Blue for eight dollars a month,” wrote Elon Musk on Twitter, saying that today it doesn’t really matter whether a user account has or doesn’t have that blue check mark. According to Musk, however, the eight-dollar-a-month fee is not a dogma that has to apply in every country where people use Twitter. “The price will be adjusted according to the purchasing power parity of individual countries,” the American rich man added in another tweet.
Negative reactions to planned changes
But Elon Musk may run into a problem. In fact, in a poll he created himself, more than 80 percent of participants said they would not be willing to pay for the blue brand, and only 10 percent were willing to pay five dollars a month.