Just a few days after taking over Twitter, Elon Musk has given employees the first ultimatum, and a rather strange one at that. Musk wants to introduce a new 'feature' that simply means paid verification, and if that feature is not introduced, the team working on it can be fired.
People Who Are Not Subscribed to Twitter Blue Could Lose Their Verified Badge
The idea is plain and simple, you are to change the Twitter Blue subscription plan into a more expensive offering that will also offer user verification. Based on the internal correspondence that The Verge got their hands on, Twitter wants to charge $19.99 for the improved Twitter Blue. If you go for this plan, you will get a blue tick and those who already have a verified tick will no longer have it after 90 days.
Of course, the price is subject to change. The team working on this was informed that they have till November 7th to meet this deadline and if not, then they will be fired.
Musk has been very vocal about how he wants to change how Twitter account verification works along with the bots and bots. Not just that, he's been focusing on growing subscriptions to the point that they become half of the overall revenue. On Sunday, Musk even tweeted the following:
The whole verification process is being revamped right now
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
Platformer’s Casey Newton first reported that Twitter was considering looking into charging money for verification. A spokesperson for Twitter didn’t respond to a request comment, however.
Whether or not this actually goes through, we still have to see. However, this certainly looks like something that might not bode well with a lot of Twitter users who have been verified over the past couple of years. The idea of paying money just to show that you are a verified personality kind of goes against the whole idea of verification in the first place. But we will have to wait and see how this turns out. Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts.