If you wish to keep your Twitter blue tick, it will cost you $20 each month
Those who have spent years cultivating a following on Twitter and finally have their accounts verified by the service will have to fork over some cash if they want to preserve the verification badge.
So yet, only well-known individuals, respected organisations, or popular businesses have been eligible for Twitter verification. More importantly, it’s completely free.
A recent rumour, however, suggests that now that Elon Musk owns it, the entire verification procedure will be re-done, and that individuals who already have it would be charged $20 monthly to keep it.
Currently, “the entire authentication procedure is being redesigned,” as Musk tweeted on Sunday. The article states that the business is planning to raise the price of its premium, a la carte service, Twitter Blue, from $4.99 to $19.99 per month.
To justify this higher price, Twitter will be adding new premium services like verification to its service. Current verified users have 90 days from Twitter Blue’s release to upgrade to the new service, or they will lose their privileged status.
Musk has proposed increasing Twitter’s membership base to the point where it generates as much money as the service’s advertising.
Twitter Blue currently provides users with ad-free article access and some additional personalization options. Musk has also stated that he expects advertising on Twitter to be the primary source of revenue for the company.
Fears that it will become more aggressive and full of hate speech and bigotry than it already has have been fueled in part by his assertions that he will offer space to any sort of expression.