Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, fulfilled his promise to offer a paid subscription to the social media platform. This comes as billionaire Elon Musk attempts to revamp the verification system. Twitter updated its iOS device with a statement that users who sign up “now” will be able to receive the blue checkmark next their names “just like celebrities, companies, and politicians you follow.” This update marks the end of Twitter’s current verification system. It was created in 2009 to protect celebrities and politicians from being impersonated. Twitter had 423,000 verified accounts before the overhaul. Many of these were journalists from the rank-and-file, and the company verified them regardless of their followers.
Users who subscribe to the $7.99 per month blue checkmark will be able post longer videos and their content will be prioritized in searches, mentions, replies and mentions.
Elon Musk tweeted that the launch was imminent, saying that the platform’s current lords and peasants system for who or not has a blue checkmark was bulls”
Experts are concerned about the possibility of Twitter’s verification system being rewritten. This system, although imperfect, has allowed Twitter’s 238,000,000 daily users to determine if the accounts they were receiving information from were genuine.
Elon Musk stated that the new strategy will allow Twitter to earn revenue from content creators.
This announcement was met with fierce opposition, even from Stephen King, a horror writer, who stated that "Twitter should pay him" to continue using the app.
Twitter launched the Twitter Blue subscription program in 2021. It costs $4.99 per month.
Twitter Blue allows users to access ad free articles from some news publishers. It also includes a tab that shows which links are most popular and allows them to change their app icon’s color.