It’s day three of Elon Musk’s Twitter reign, and beyond seeing an influx of racist tweets, a big development is Musk’s verification plan.
According to The Verge, Twitter will soon start charging users up to $19.99 per month for that little blue tick. Under the proposed plan, Twitter will make verification one of the main features of its premium subscription service, Blue Twitter.
Current Twitter Blue subscribers pay $4.99 per month for features like an edit button, custom reading mode, bookmarks, and more. Musk would triple the price with the added carrot of giving unverified users the option to add a blue check mark next to their grips.
Existing verified users would have 90 days to subscribe to Twitter Blue or lose their verification, reports The Verge.
Beyond the absurdity of charging more for a tick than the monthly cost of a Netflix or HBO Max subscription, making verification chargeable opens up Twitter to a variety of other problems.
Like Philip Bump of The Washington Post Remarks, the point of verification is to fight against misinformation and parody accounts by verifying certain users and organizations. By allowing anyone to buy verification, Twitter risks users impersonating celebrities, politicians, journalists or other notable figures and posting false information that could easily go viral – with no possibility of fact-checking. .
Or for Quotation TED Fellow Katie Mack, “I suspect that if this change happens, it will generally be harder for anyone to know what information is reliable or attested to by a real person or organization. More noise, less signal.
Alternatively, as Earwolf co-founder Jeff Ullrich Assumed“If we assume that people would only pay for [verification] because it has value, we can recognize that there is an advantage to being verified. That benefit for many people is credibility and access to conversations/people/opportunities/equality that otherwise would not be available to them.
“The overall result is a platform that raises the voice of those who can afford the tax. Which ensures a closer perspective on, well, everything. The business is gaining value, but the talk that *some* people are here for is losing value, assuming you value low-income people,” Ullrich added.
And that’s without mentioning that Twitter Blue is currently only available in certain countries, specifically the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It is unclear what would happen to verified users currently in other countries.
Musk reportedly told Twitter employees he wanted to launch the new feature by Nov. 7; employees who fail to meet the deadline risk being fired.
The whole verification process is being overhauled right now
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022