Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk has revealed plans to take several steps to make the social media less dependent on ads. Twitter Blue, which was offered for $4.99 a month in four countries, has risen to $8 and now offers a blue check next to the paying user’s handle. This comes in response to earlier questions about the service costing $20.
In a series of tweets, the entrepreneur says that the current system of “lords and peasants” is “bullshit” and offers his confirmation to all those who calculate the money every month. The subscription is prioritized by replies and mentions, which is one way to combat spam.
Users can also post longer videos and audio and receive half as many ads. Publishers who decide to work with Twitter will receive a paywall pass.
Interestingly, the editing feature, which is currently only enabled for Blue users, will be made available to everyone for free, said Casey Newton from Platformer.
The verification check on Twitter is currently only available to people who can impersonate celebrities, politicians and journalists.
When/if a new update comes out, all users will be able to write a secondary account that is currently only reserved for high profile politicians.