Just days after closing the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk announced that users will have to pay $8 per month for blue-tick verification. He promised that Twitter’s “lord and peasants’ arrangement” would be changed.
Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit.
Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
Despite many rumors to the contrary, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the monthly fee for Twitter Blue will now be $8. It’s a significant increase from the current fee of $4.99, but users will be able to display a blue Verified badge on their profiles.
Some people have had trouble acquiring the verified badge, while others have had no trouble doing so. Moving forward, it will be available to everyone who pays for Twitter Blue Premium plan. The service will also offer priority replies, mentions, and searches in addition to the verified badge.
This indicates that the verified user will be given priority on Twitter, reducing the likelihood of other small similar-looking accounts, which a lot of times can cause confusion for a normal viewer. In addition, you may “upload extended audio and video, skip paywalls, get preferred treatment in replies, mentions, and searches, and more.”
Often given to famous people, politicians, businessmen, and journalists, the mark is considered a badge of privilege by many. While applying, some applicants would get approved right away, while those with a large number of fans would be turned down repeatedly. This action taken by Musk, may as well improve the overall verification system on Twitter at a much affordable price point, that is suited to all.