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Elon Musk Announces Plans For Paid Twitter Verification

Elon Musk's Twitter account displayed on a phone screen and Twitter logo displayed on a laptop screen are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on November 1, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto)

Elon Musk, the newly appointed owner of Twitter, has stated that plans to update verification on the social media platform include making it a paid service. Among rumors that Musk intended to charge $20 for Twitter Blue, which includes verification as part of the membership, the confirmation was made.

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The Paid Product Known As Twitter Verification 

The Verge reports that a directive from Twitter calls for the introduction of paid verification at the beginning of November. Verified accounts will need to subscribe to Twitter Blue to keep their blue badge, as opposed to making a straight transaction.

According to internal letters and others with knowledge of the situation, verified users will have 90 days to subscribe before losing the blue checkmark on their profile, according to The Verge.

Musk has stated in the past through tweets that the verification procedure updated. He did, however, reveal on November 1st, 2022 that there are plans to charge for verification.

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In response to a tweet from author Stephen King, this affirmation was given. According to King, paying to preserve his blue checkmark is not something he would do. Musk replied to the writer by saying: “We must find a way to pay the bills. Twitter can’t only rely on sponsors.”

Paid Twitter Verification

Twitter Blue Membership

Musk then proposed a price of $8, which is still almost twice as expensive as a Twitter Blue membership. Before the plans were carried out, he promised to explain their justification. Additionally, he described the methods as the “sole means to combat the bots & trolls.”

However, Users have objected to the requirement of a subscription for Twitter verification. In the past, the blue badge has used to identify official organizations, journalists, and notable figures including actors, politicians, and activists.

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Currently, editing tweets is possible with Twitter Blue. Additionally, it offers iOS users capabilities like bookmark folders, custom navigation, and the ability to undo tweets.

The blue badge would fundamentally change if Twitter verification became a paid service. While it might lead to an increase in Twitter Blue subscriptions. It might also completely undermine the importance of the blue checkmark and devalue its status.