Elon Musk admits to contemlating suicide. Photo: PATRICK PLEUL/POOL/AFP.

SAY WHAT? Elon Musk considers charging Twitter users R365 per month

Elon Musk is considering charging Twitter users as much as R365 per month to have their accounts verified by the platform. Would you pay that?


Elon Musk admits to contemlating suicide. Photo: PATRICK PLEUL/POOL/AFP.

Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, has plans for a full revamp of the social media platform.

“Chief Twit” Musk is considering charging Twitter users $20 per month for verified accounts.

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Basically, Elon Musk is considering charging Twitter users $20 (R365) a month or $240 a year for a blue tick on their account, as the world’s richest person prepares an overhaul of Twitter.

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‘Chief Twit’ Elon Musk shaking things up

The Tesla chief exec is planning changes to Twitter’s Blue subscription service, including raising the $4.99 a month fee to $19.99. Users verified by the platform – who carry a blue tick flagging them as an authentic source – would have 90 days to sign up to Blue or lose their check mark. Elon Musk has also given employees their first ultimatum: Meet his deadline to introduce paid verification on Twitter or pack up and leave.

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Meanwhile, Musk did not comment directly on the story but tweeted to his more than 110 million followers on Sunday that “the whole verification process is being revamped right now”.

Elon Musk getting serious on Twitter.

There are about 400,000 verified users on Twitter, as of 2021, but the program has long been plagued with problems. Introduced in 2009 as a response to a growing wave of celebrity concerns about impersonation – including from Kanye West, who blogged that “EVERYTHING THAT TWITTER OFFERS I NEED LESS OF” – the “blue tick” rapidly came to be a status symbol, rather than simple proof of identity.

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Would you pay $20 (R365) a month to be verified by Elon Musk on Twitter? Hmm.