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.
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.”
“This will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators,” he said.
The announcement drew criticism from those with and without blue checks.
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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