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Shocking! Elon Musk Calls Twitter Blue Tick System “Bullshit” But Prices It At $20.00

Elon Musk has revealed that the Twitter blue tick verification badge on the platform costs $8 per month.

After days of speculation about whether or not the blue tick verification badge, a system developed by Twitter to distinguish influential people from fake accounts and pretenders, would become taxable, the Twitter CEO has revealed his plans in a series of tweets in which he confirms that the badge will indeed come at a monthly subscription fee. Some previous reports had suggested that the price to keep the blue tick could be as high as $20 (about Rs. 1600) in the future, Musk has confirmed it will be at a lesser $8 (about Rs. 660) held. The announcement was met with a generally negative response by the netizens, with many arguing that this move hurts the creators of the platform.

Elon Musk reveals his big plans with the blue checkmark

Yesterday, November 11, Musk took to Twitter to announce the new system around the blue check mark and the benefits users can get by subscribing to it. In a dramatic way, his opening tweet said: “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue tick is nonsense. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”

But this does not mean that people in countries like India will have to pay an equivalent amount to the dollar. “Price adjusted by country relative to purchasing power parity,” Musk explains.

The chief Twit also explained the fringe benefits of buying the subscription. He said: “You also get: Priority in replies, mentions and search, which is essential to beat spam/scams; Ability to post long video & audio; Half as many ads.” Blue tick subscribers also get a paywall bypass for publishers who want to work with Twitter.

“This also gives Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators,” he added.

There have been many concerns that this payment-based service will diminish the effectiveness of the original plan behind the blue check, which is to identify real people from fake ones. In response to that question, Musk said: “There will be a secondary tag under the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians”.

The announcement has met with widespread criticism and backlash, with many influential personalities claiming they might leave the platform altogether if this goes through.

However, the CEO of Twitter seems determined to go ahead with the plan. Today morning, November 2, Musk made a sequel tweet and said “To all complainers, please keep complaining, but it costs $8”. Musk has also changed his Twitter bio from “Chief Twit” to “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator.”

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