Twitter users who want or have a blue check mark will soon have to pay $ 20 per month for it in the Twitter Blue subscription.
Twitter removes the option for users to request free verification. What is striking is that the platform does not intend to charge users a one-time fee, but is dragging them down the subscription circuit. If this plan makes it to the finish line, Twitterers who attach importance to verification will pay $20 a month for it. That reports The Verge based on anonymous sources and internal pieces of Twitter.
Paying for Twitter Verification
This would quadruple the subscription costs for Twitter Blue. Subscribers in the US currently pay $5 a month for Blue. This gives them access to some exclusive features on the platform, including the ability to edit tweets. The verification option should therefore also fall under this subscription.
Twitter’s plan doesn’t just affect users without a blue tick. The Verge writes that users who currently already have a blue check mark have to pay to keep it. If they don’t purchase the Blue plan after the adjustment, their checkmark will disappear after 90 days. This plan will particularly affect politicians, who often rely on verification to distinguish their accounts from fake ones. It is unknown whether Musk, as the new owner of Twitter, will spare politicians from this, or whether they will also have to purchase a Blue subscription.
For now, the plans have not been publicly confirmed by Musk. However, the CEO wrote in a tweet that the verification system is going to be overhauled. This should not last long, according to the coverage of The Verge. Developers must implement the changes before November 7. If this fails, the involved development team will reportedly be fired.
Supervisory Board for Moderation
This isn’t the only change Musk plans to make since Thursday night’s acquisition. If it’s up to the top man, there will be one oversight board for moderation. This council should include participants with diverse points of view, the CEO wrote on Twitter. Important substantive decisions and actions for account repairs will be postponed until the board is appointed, according to the billionaire. A return of Donald Trump to Twitter therefore seems off the map for the time being, but could be implemented by the supervisory board.
It is not yet known who will sit on the supervisory board. That Twitter gets such advice is not entirely surprising. Facebook has had one such oversight board, the Oversight Board, for some time now, which can make important content and account decisions.
Nevertheless, the advice for Twitter mainly serves as reassurance for advertisers, who thereby gain certainty about the type of content that is allowed on the platform. The American General Motors (GM) withdrew from the Twitter advertising platform last week, according to that company. Only when they know what Musk plans to do with the platform would they consider a return.