Not so long ago, Elon Musk, the new owner of the popular social media platform Twitter announced that people would have to pay monthly subscription fees for their verified profiles. The announcement was met with a fair amount of murmuring from app users who were once given the small blue badge completely free. Unsurprisingly, not many people have opted to pay to keep the Twitter Blue subscription which has seemingly forced the Tesla founder to “personally pay” for certain accounts to keep their verification badges.
Musk’s generosity was uncovered after Stephen King announced that he is still a Twitter Blue subscriber despite not paying the new fee.
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Elon Musk opts to pay for certain celebs’ Twitter Blue subscription
Elon Musk definitely annoyed millions of people after announcing a subscription fee for Twitter Blue which gives users a verification badge, the ability to edit their tweets, and “elevates quality conversations on Twitter”.
On Wednesday this week, those who were previously honoured with the verification badges for simply being influential and prominent figures in society were stripped of the privilege as Musk now expects them to pay for it.
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It looks like his elaborate plan to make more money from Twitter may have fallen a little flat on its face as most people slammed the idea of paying to be verified.
He has now resorted to paying the subscription fee for a few accounts he deems important.
His decision came to light after American author Stephen King tweeted that his verification badge remained despite not paying the fee.
Responding to his tweet, musk wrote that he is “personally paying” for the account to stay verified. He later announced that he is also paying for LeBron James and William Shatner.
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Peeps are buzzing
The news left social media users buzzing as they discussed Musk’s latest move. Many of them appear to think less of the billionaire after hearing the news.
“ How does the richest person on Earth radiate this much loser energy?” Wrote one person while another wrote:
“ I miss the times when having the blue checkmark meant you were the real one/owner and verified by Twitter. Now it only means you paid for it.”
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