Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk has revealed a number of steps he plans to take to reduce social media’s reliance on advertising. Twitter Blue is currently available in four countries for $4 per month. 20 will increase to $8 and will now offer a blue check next to the handle for paying users. This is an answer to a previous claim that the service will cost $22.
In a series of tweets, the entrepreneur said the current “lord and peasant” system was “nonsense” and that verification was provided by those who pay each month logo. Subscriptions will also prioritize replies and mentions, a way of fighting spam.
Additionally, users will be able to post longer videos and audios, as well as receive half as many ads. Publishers who decide to partner with Twitter will be able to bypass the paywall.
Interestingly, the editing feature, which is currently only enabled for Blue users, will be available for free to everyone, according to Casey Newton from The Platformer.
Verification checks on Twitter currently only apply to people who may be impersonated, such as celebrities, politicians, and journalists.
When/if a new update arrives, all users can write a secondary tag, currently reserved only for prominent politicians.