Twitter will change how it validates users, according to Elon Musk
Twitter is considering charging a blue checkmark to verify the identity of an account holder.
In a tweet on Sunday, Elon Musk said Twitter would review its user verification process, just days after taking over one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.
“The entire verification process is currently being renewed,” Musk said in a tweet, without going into details.
On Sunday, tech news platform Platformer reported, citing two people familiar with the matter, that Twitter is considering charging a coveted blue check mark that verifies the identity of an account holder.
Users will have to sign up for Twitter Blue for $4.99 a month or lose their “verified” badges if the project continues, according to the report.
Tesla Inc’s CEO hasn’t made a final decision and the project could still be scrapped, but according to the platformer, verification is likely to become part of the app Blue.
Separately, The Verge reported Sunday that the app will increase the price of a subscription to Twitter Blue, which also verifies users, from $4.99 a month to $19.99 a month, citing internal correspondence they’ve seen.
Twitter Blue launched in June last year as the platform’s first subscription service, offering “exclusive access to premium features” on a monthly subscription that includes the option to edit tweets.
The edit tweet feature also became available earlier this month after Musk launched an app poll in April asking his millions of followers if they wanted an edit button. More than 70% said yes.
Musk also requested that offline users who visit Twitter be redirected to the Explore page displaying popular tweets, according to a separate Verge report on Sunday that cited employees who were aware of the matter.
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