Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX and new owner of Twitter has announced a plan to start charging Twitter users $8/month to earn the coveted blue tick that signifies verified accounts.
Musk made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday, claiming that Twitter’s current method of deciding who gets and doesn’t get a verified account was unacceptable. “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” he wrote.
Musk was initially proposing $20/month for users to get (or keep) the blue check mark. However, he changed it to $8/month seemingly after replying to a tweet by famed author Stephen King. “$20 a month to keep my blue check? If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron,” King wrote on Monday.
To this, Elon Musk replied and said, “We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?”
Since then, Twitter users have expressed a variety of emotions, and some very excellent humor.
Many people said they would be happy to leave the app, or forego their blue tick if it meant they had to pay for it.
Some people were concerned about what Elon Musk was trying to signify with this move.
Whereas other people pointed out that blue ticks aren’t just for vanity, they are often to prevent impersonation.