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Twitter considers charging AED73 per month for a verified account

Tue 01 Nov 2022    
| 2 min read

World: Famous Twitter users might soon have to pay for the blue tick as Elon Musk is turning his attention to the social media site’s verification process.

After getting that dad joke out of the way, Musk began announcing upcoming changes to the social media platform, including a new ‘content moderation council’ which will be in charge of ‘content decisions [and] account reinstatements’.

Musk shared a tweet announcing Twitter’s ‘whole verification process is being revamped right now.’

Currently, people on Twitter who are ‘authentic, notable, and active’ are eligible for a blue tick and can receive the stamp of approval by filling out an application form.

The process is different to that of Twitter Blue, which is currently an optional monthly subscription which costs $4.99 (AED18) and gives users access to additional features, a different colour home screen icon and a way to view ad-free articles from some publishers.

However, following Musk’s takeover Musk has plans to change the monthly subscription feature into a pricier package – and verified users will have to subscribe to keep their blue ticks.

It’s based on reports from people familiar with the matter and details from internal correspondence and claims Twitter is currently planning to charge $19.99 (AED73) for the new subscription.

If the rollout of the new subscription goes ahead as planned, Twitter users who are currently verified would have 90 days to subscribe to Twitter Blue and fork out more than £200 (AED847) per year to pay for it or risk losing their blue checkmark.

That means celebrities, journalists and other famous faces could all be at risk if they fail to sign up, with President Joe Biden and others just a few of those who could end up like the rest of the world’s unverified users if they don’t pay the fee. Elon Musk Blue Tick Twitter

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