Being a verified user on Twitter is about to get a lot more expensive


The idea behind Twitter’s verified profiles is that it ensures that the public knows that tweets coming from this profile are indeed from that person, brand, or company, or at least someone working for them. This is to help weed out fake accounts. But now it looks like Twitter may start charging users for the feature.

According to a report from The Verge, they have heard from people familiar with the matter and have seen internal correspondence that suggests that Twitter could start charging users $19.99 a month Twitter Blue, and that verified users will need to pay for this subscription or they might lose their verified status.

If this sounds drastic, it is because apparently these changes are being led by Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, who apparently told employees who are working on the project that they have until the 7th of November to launch it or they will be fired. At the moment, Twitter Blue is an optional subscription priced at $4.99 that unlocks certain features, but a verified status isn’t one of them.

With these changes, it seems that verified users will have 90 days to subscribe to this new Twitter Blue tier if they want to keep their status. None of this has been confirmed yet, but seeing as how many companies, celebrities, journalists, and public figures out there have verified statuses, it could potentially mean a lot more revenue for Twitter.

Source: The Verge

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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