Elon Musk announces $8/month Twitter Blue will include verification, priority status,...

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midian182

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What just happened? Elon Musk has laid out his plans for verified accounts on Twitter. As previously reported, holding onto the check mark will require a subscription to Twitter Blue, but the service will cost $8 per month rather than $20—thanks to Stephen King—and will offer several new benefits for subscribers.

Musk confirmed over the weekend that Twitter's entire verification process was being revamped. Reports claimed it would require a subscription to Twitter Blue—the optional $4.99 per month service that gives users extra features—which would increase to $20 per month.

It appears that had been Musk's plan, but author Stephen King was one of many verified users to speak out against it, warning he would be "gone like Enron" if it gets instituted. Musk replied that Twitter can't rely solely on advertisers and asked if $8 per month would be better.

The Twitter owner has now confirmed Twitter Blue's new price. "Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month," he tweeted.

That price will be adjusted by country, and Twitter Blue will offer several new features. Subscribers will have priority in replies, mentions, and Twitter's search feature, something Musk says is essential to combat the platform's spam/scam problem. Additionally, subs will be able to post long video and audio and see half as many ads as non-subscribers.

The final Twitter Blue perk will allow subscribers to bypass publishers' paywalls, though Musk did say it will only apply to publishers willing to work with Twitter.

Without going into much detail, Musk added that Twitter Blue would also give the company a revenue stream that will be used to reward creators. Something else he failed to explain was how verification will work, beyond it being tied to Twitter Blue subscriptions. It does appear that anyone who signs up will be verified. When asked what happens if someone pays to be verified and then pretends to be a well-known figure, Musk said it's something that already occurs frequently. He also said that there will be a secondary tag below the name of someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians.

Musk says he will explain the rationale behind the pay-for-verification system in longer form before it is implemented, adding that it is "the only way to defeat the bots & trolls."

Cybercriminals are already taking advantage of the confusion, sending out phishing emails to verified users in an attempt to steal personal information.

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tellmewhy

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One blue √ for 7$/m , two blues √√ for 77$/m and tree blues √√√ for 777$/m(for the celebrities) :) It’s an extra form of discrimination but from the other side dept is a nightmare.

Next I hope we see and some technical improvements like av1 videos with stereo 48khz 160kbps opus
 

whateversa

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The butcher of Twitter. He will never be able to have good staff again - everyone now knows not to work for a Elon Musk company... All the talent will be motivated to leave.
 

fps4ever

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He was the one that initiated the buyout and set the price and signed a legally binding document.

Yup they couldn't get rid it of fast enough because they knew the bot problem was bigger than the info they gave him. Hence the reason they took him to court to force it. Usually those contracts also contain a monetary penalty for backing out and yet they wanted to FORCE him to buy. Telling...
 
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nnguy2

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Yup they couldn't get rid it of fast enough because they knew the bot problem was bigger than the info the gave him. Hence the reason they took him to court to force it. Usually those contracts also contain a monetary penalty for backing out and yet they wanted to FORCE him to buy. Telling...
Yeah he could have coughed up $1Billion to exit the deal. You're going through a lot of mental gymnastics to make him the victim.
 

umbala

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The butcher of Twitter. He will never be able to have good staff again - everyone now knows not to work for a Elon Musk company... All the talent will be motivated to leave.
Yes, all the talent will leave. All the right-wing nutjobs are applauding this. This is exactly what they want. In their world all the "talent" is against them and out to censor their free speech. What they want is all the "talent" replaced by nutjobs like themselves who support Trump, the constant lying, ridiculing others, racists nonsense, election denying, conspiracy theories, etc. Maybe they can hire Alex Jones as an executive and make the MyPillow guy head of public relations. Oh and for Twitter's top lawyers I suggest hiring Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.
 
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