Twitter blue tick will cost 8 dollars henceforth, and anybody can get the verified mark by opting to pay for the service every month
Twitter blue tick has become a paid service, and those who wish to get their accounts verified can pay 8 dollars a month. As far as those who already have a blue tick are concerned, they will to pay 8 dollars a month if they wish to remain verified. Elon Musk announced this new development last night, and hopes that this will help tackle the bot problem on the platform.
“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,” Musk tweeted while also stating that the price will be adjusted by the country proportionate to purchasing power parity. Musk further commented that this will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators. Some of the other benefits that will be offered to those paying for the Twitter blue tick are as follows:
- Priority in replies, mentions and search, which is essential to defeat spam, and scam.
- Ability to post long video and audio.
- Half as many ads.
- Paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with Twitter.
- There will be a secondary tag below the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians.
“This will destroy the bots. If a paid Blue account engages in spam/scam, that account will be suspended. Essentially, this raises the cost of crime on Twitter by several orders of magnitude,” says Musk.
Paid Twitter Blue Tick Unfair Say Users
Several users have called this decision unfair, and say that this makes the platform less secure as anybody can get a verification. “How are you going to stop people from buying check marks and then pretending to be independent artists/business owners with high streams/views/sales but not a huge following on social media?” asks FabvL on the latest decision.
Similarly, “How will you protect against impersonators who pay $8/month for a similar username that appears indistinguishable from the real person? Especially if they both have blue check marks?” asks real estate agent Graham Stephan on Twitter.
Users are also of the view that this will hamper journalists from identifying between real users and impersonators. “So I can create an account with an celebrity name, pay 8$ and everyone will believe I am actually this person. How on earth will this help in the fight against spam/impersonating on social media? Same for journalists: No more verification who is reliable and who is not,” tweets Dario Schramm.
Twitter Blue Tick Will Be Paid No Matter What
Unfazed by the backlash, Elon Must says that Twitter will be paid no matter who complains about it. “To all complainers, please continue complaining, but it will cost $8,” said Elon Musk. Elon Musk took over the operations of the social media platform last month, and his first steps were top fire former Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, and chief financial officer Neg Segal. Musk said that the real reason why he purchased Twitter was because he felt it was important for future civilisations to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs could be debated in a healthy manner without people having to resort to violence