Yay or Nay? Twitter to Charge Monthly Fee for Verification Badge

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(SPOT.ph) Twitter's new owner, billionaire tech impressario Elon Musk, said the platform would soon charge a monthly fee for the blue check badge that power users crave, setting the pace for how the micro-blogging platform would change under his leadership.

Before Musk's takeover, Twitter users had to apply for verification and they are screened based on a set criteria. Musk described this as a "lords and peasants" system that has to go, adding it's plain BS (spelled out in his tweet).

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How much will Twitter charge for the badge?

In the U.S., it's $8 per month, or the rough equivalent of two venti Starbucks lattes. Musk said pricing will vary per country depending on the purchasing power of its citizens.

Those who pay the fee will get "priority" treatment in search and replies and the ability to post long videos. They also get "half" as many ads, said Musk, who's also the boss of Space X and Tesla.

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The paid subscription will enable Twitter to "reward" content creators. Public figures will get tags below their names as is the case with politicians, he said.

Also read: Goodbye, Typos: Twitter Is Finally Coming Out With an Edit Button 

In true Musk bombast, he tweeted several memes after his paid subscription announcement and updated the description of his Twitter page to "Complaint Hotline Operator".

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Elon Musk now owns Twitter, why it matters

Musk assumed control of Twitter as Americans braced for an onslaught of disinformation leading up to the presidential 2024 elections, where Donald Trump is expected to run for a second non-consecutive term. There are fears that with Musk at the helm, Trump's Twitter account could be restored.

Trump had been criticized for peddling misinformation on Twitter, which came to a head in January 2021 when his supporters, who were made to believe that Joe Biden cheated him out of a second term, stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Twitter has also set itself apart from rivals such as Facebook and TikTok as a platform for free speech, especially in politics, and Democrats in the U.S. have expressed concern that it could change under musk.

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