Twitter ‘blue tick’ to cost USD 20 per month now!

31 October, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Musk intends to charge users USD 19.99 (more than Rs 1600) for a new Twitter Blue membership that includes extra functionality like edit and undo tweets

It appears that the new CEO of Twitter Elon Musk has taken the adage “Nothing comes for free in this world” literally.

Musk intends to charge users USD 19.99 (more than Rs 1600) for a new Twitter Blue membership that includes extra functionality like edit and undo tweets. Verified users would have 90 days to subscribe under the existing arrangement in order to keep their blue checkmark. The project’s team was informed that failure to implement the functionality by the deadline of November 7 would result in termination.

The specific claim appears a day after Musk said in a tweet that Twitter will be changing its user verification policy. He provided no information on charges, though.

He tweeted, “Whole verification procedure is now being revised.”

The Twitter Blue membership became publicly available over a year ago as a means to read articles from select publishers without ads and make other changes to the app, such changing the colour of the app’s symbol on the home screen.

Twitter agreed to accept Musk’s offer to purchase and privatise the social media platform in April. Musk quickly cast doubt on his willingness to uphold the deal, claiming that the business had not fully disclosed the quantity of spam and phoney accounts using the site. Elon Musk, who had previously expressed interest in purchasing Twitter, abruptly ended the agreement in July.

Tesla CEO said that by exaggerating the quantity of spam and false bot accounts on its network, Twitter had broken the terms of their mutual purchase agreement.

The market had a strong fall following Musk’s announcement of the contract cancellation. Later, Twitter sued Musk, alleging that he had used bots as a cover to back out of a transaction.

Last week, Musk reiterated that he will proceed with the purchase of Twitter at the initially agreed-upon price of USD 54.20 per share.