London, Europe Brief News – Elon Musk announced Twitter’s coveted ‘blue tick’ will now cost users $8 (£7) a month.
The charge will allow users to get priority replies, mentions and searches. It will allow them also to post longer videos and audio clips, he clarified.
In a tweet himself, Musk said: “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls***.
“Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”
Musk said the cost would be “adjusted by country, proportionate to purchasing power parity”.
For the new monthly fee, Musk also said, users will get “priority in replies, mentions and searches” as well as the ability to post long videos and audio clips.
And he offered subscribers a paywall bypass from “publishers willing to work with us”.
After acquiring Twitter for $44 billion, Elon Musk dissolved the company’s board and pronounced himself in charge of the social media giant.
In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Musk will serve as chief executive of Twitter.
Musk stated in the documents that the “consummation of the merger” occurred on October 27. Thus, he “became the sole director of Twitter.”
Late last week, Musk fired the previous Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal, and other top company officials. They were promptly escorted out of Twitter headquarters by company security following Musk’s decision.