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AOC hits on possible fee for Elon Musk’s Twitter verification

AOC hits on possible fee for Elon Musk’s Twitter verification

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is striking back to Elon Musk’s plan to charge Twitter users a monthly fee to have their accounts verified.

“Lmao at the billionaire seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan,” the New York Democrat tweeted Tuesday night.

Twitter has reportedly discussed plans to charge a $20 monthly verification fee. However, Musk announced the change in a thread earlier in the day, writing that for $8 a month, Twitter Blue will bring “power to the people.”

“The current masters of Twitter [and} peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls—,” Musk said, noting that price would be adjusted by country.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Sept. 11, 2022. (Bonnie Cash/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

BLUE CHECK TWITTER PANS ELON MUSK’S FEE FOR VERIFIED ACCOUNTS: ‘NOT PAYING A GAZILLIONAIRE $8 A MONTH’

Those who pay will also get priority in replies, mentions and search, the ability to post long videos and audio and see half as many ads. 

Publishers “willing to work with [Twitter]” will get “paywall bypass,” and Musk said it will be a “secondary tag under the name for someone who is a public figure.”

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Twitter users who pay a monthly fee to have their accounts verified will also get priority in replies, mentions and searches, the ability to post a long videos and audio and see half as many ads, according to Elon Musk’s plan. (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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“This will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators,” he said.

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Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum’s 2022 Halloween party at Sake No Hana at Moxy LES in New York City on Monday. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The announcement drew criticism from those with and without blue checks.

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Some said they would simply record the blue checks on their profiles, instead of paying cash the new leader of Twitter.

Earlier on Tuesday, the author Stephen King rejected the idea of $20 verification fee.

“$20 a month to keep my blue check? F— that’s what they should pay me. If that goes through, I’m gone like Enron,” King tweeted.

“We have to pay the bills somehow!” Musk replied. “Twitter can’t rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?”



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