Elon Musk reviews verified users on Twitter, may levy USD 20 monthly fee

Elon Musk, the newly appointed owner of Twitter Inc., has reportedly announced that the procedure for obtaining the coveted blue tick will be changed, amid rumors that the company may start charging USD 20 per month to be verified.

Days after assuming control of the social media platform, Musk tweeted that the authentication procedure was being updated. For those unaware, a blue tick feature on Twitter is a free symbol used to indicate that an account is legitimate.

It is worth mentioning that Musk has recently finalized the Twitter buyout deal worth USD 44 billion and has since changed his Twitter handle to Chief Twit.

Previously, the billionaire has frequently voiced worries about the verification process and the quantity of spam and bot accounts he believed littered the site during the months of legal fighting before the acquisition. However, no specific details about changes in the verification process have been released yet.

According to an external source, people may now have to pay USD 19.99 a month to Twitter in order to maintain their blue tick verification status. The report states that the idea calls for quadrupling the cost of Twitter Blue, the company's subscription service, and adding verification as a feature.

Sources reveal that the verified users would have 90 days to subscribe to such service or will risk losing blue ticks from their profiles.

Interestingly, the idea was floated to the staff on 31st October, and they were instructed to implement the program by 7th November, failing which would likely result in them losing their jobs.

With the advent of Twitter Blue last summer, users now have access to a number of premium features, including the ability to delete a tweet. At the moment, it has an optional USD 4.99 monthly fee. Musk seemed to acknowledge the rumors in a tweet, although the idea has not been officially confirmed.


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