Twitter may start charging for blue ticks next week: Bloomberg

  • Twitter could start charging for blue verification badges as early as next week, according to Bloomberg.
  • This will be part of a subscription plan which costs $8 per month.
  • Elon Musk moved quickly to generate revenue on Twitter after its $44 billion acquisition.

Twitter plans to start charging for blue verification badges as early as next week, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the plans.

The badges — a round blue icon with scalloped edges with a white checkmark in the center — will be part of a subscription plan that costs $8 a month, Bloomberg reported. Already verified Twitter users will have months to start paying for the status or lose it, the outlet added.

Since Elon Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion, he has moved quickly to find ways to generate revenue on the social media platform. The decision to charge for blue verification badges — if implemented — would come less than a month after Musk’s acquisition.

Besides verification billing, Twitter is also working on a new feature that will allow content creators to charge viewers for videos, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

Some current verified users, including best-selling author Stephen King, have spoken out against Twitter’s plan to charge for status. But Musk – whose Twitter bio currently reads “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” – doubled down on his stance, saying Twitter needs to “pay the bills one way or another!”

On Wednesday, Musk tweeted a meme featuring a person smiling at an $8 price on a Starbucks coffee, but crying when seeing the same price on a Twitter verification badge.

Musk also defined the current user verification policy as a divisive policy. “lords & peasants.” He argued that the new audit billing system “destroy the robots”, as a paid account will be suspended if it engages in spam or scams.

Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the latest to be shut down by Musk for hitting Twitter’s planned subscription program. She mocked Musk for being “a billionaire seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan.”

Musk tweeted that he appreciated AOC’s comments, but she would still have to pay $8 for her verified status.

In addition to charging for verification, Twitter also plans to make its editing feature free to all Twitter users, Bloomberg reported. It’s now available to Twitter Blue users who pay $4.99 per month. The change could come this week, according to Bloomberg.

Twitter Blue is currently only available in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

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