Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Elon Musk Announces $8 Monthly Fee for Twitter Blue After Stephen King Says No to $20

Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, said that the monthly subscription fee for Twitter Blue would increase to $8, with a blue checkmark verification badge as one of its features. We may soon be able to identify who is terminally online and foolish enough to pay Twitter for the illusion of status.

“Twitter’s current lords & peasants’ system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit,” said Musk in a Tweet, exhibiting a fundamental misunderstanding of both Twitter verification and the feudal system. “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”

Musk previously proposed an $8 monthly fee in an earlier tweet to Stephen King, among the many users who scoffed at Twitter’s suggested $20 price. The $8 fee is an increase over Twitter Blue’s current monthly rate of $4.99, which was raised from its previous monthly fee of $2.99 earlier this year. Even though $8 is significantly less than the previously reported $20 per month that Twitter was proposing, this still works out to a 167 percent price increase in a year.

Musk added that a Twitter Blue subscription would eventually offer additional benefits in addition to verified status. Aside from being able to publish longer videos and audio and seeing half as many adverts, accounts that sign up for Twitter Blue will also have their tweets prioritized in responses, mentions, and searches.

Giving Twitter Blue users priority is apparently “essential to defeat spam/scam.” In reality, he is establishing a class system in which the voices of those who pay are influential over those who do not. Musk also assumes that businesses are unlikely to pay for Twitter Blue and that the company will not simply monopolize answers until the entire site is essentially a microblogged billboard.

Previously, only “notable” accounts of public importance, such as those owned by “prominently recognized individual[s] or businesses,” were eligible for free Twitter verification. It assisted in battling misinformation in this way. Few people take the chance of losing their badge, given how difficult it is to obtain validation.

The option to buy verified status would effectively render this technology useless, allowing any user to mimic anyone with Twitter’s sanction. Musk is aware of the issue but seems unconcerned, believing that impersonation occurs “very frequently.” Making the blue tick on Twitter a widely available commodity is likely to lead to an increase in false information.