Twitter is undergoing a drastic change with Elon Musk now taking charge of the social media app. One of the upcoming changes could be related to the Twitter verification process. Twitter verified users get a blue tick on their profile which makes them different from normal profiles and more importantly, these users are prominent in a way that the platform recognises them. Now, Elon Musk is planning to monetise the blue tick users globally. The news was first reported by Platformer and also detailed by The Verge.
The reports say Elon Musk has given Twitter employees their first target which, if not accomplished could lead to their removal from the company. Here’s everything we know about the Twitter verification charge.
Pay $20 or Lose Twitter Verification
As per the reports, Twitter will ask users to pay $20 (approx Rs 1646) per month to remain verified on the app. This will be the new price for the Twitter Blue subscription plan which costs $4.99 (approx Rs 410) per month. The company will ask verified users to pay for Twitter Blue subscription of $19.99 (roughly Rs 1650) under 90 days to remain verified or they will lose the blue tick. Twitter is yet to respond to the queries asked by the reporting publication. Twitter employees have been asked by Elon Musk to either accomplish the target by November 7 or lose their jobs. Musk also indicated the same by tweeting the below post.
The whole verification process is being revamped right now
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
Twitter launched the Blue subscription plan in India in June earlier this year. It allows users to view ad-free articles, edit their tweets, undo their actions, tweak the app colour, etc. It costs Rs 269 per month in India. Recently, Twitter also rolled out the edit tweet feature to a few Blue plan users.
Elon Musk Plans for Twitter
Elon Musk, last week officially acquired Twitter which he now plans to revamp completely including its earning sources. As of now, Twitter earns most of its revenue from advertising which the billionaire wants to convert to subscription based plans. The first ever move from Musk was to fire the top executives including the CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and Vijay Gadde, head of legal policy and trust. Previous reports have claimed that Elon Musk plans to fire 75% of Twitter employees. The major layoffs will include those employees who have not contributed much to the code base. It is being said that ever since Musk acquired the social media app, employees in the company have been working day and night and even over the weekend.
Musk’s $44 billion deal for Twitter was a ride of a roller coaster as one of the major reasons why he backed out was the presence of bots on the platform. Elon says that he will remove the bots from the platform.
If you have a blue tick on your profile, tell us if you would be interested in paying $19.99 (approx Rs 1650) to Twitter each month. Let us know in the comments section.