Home » Musk says the current blue check system is “bullshit”; Twitter Blue to cost $8/month with half as many ads, priority in replies, mentions, and search, and more (Elon Musk/@elonmusk)

Musk says the current blue check system is “bullshit”; Twitter Blue to cost $8/month with half as many ads, priority in replies, mentions, and search, and more (Elon Musk/@elonmusk)

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Twitter’s verification chaos is now a cybersecurity problem

Maureen Breslin / The Hill: Elon Musk clashes with Stephen King over Twitter’s $20 verification charge

Todd Spangler / Variety: Elon Musk Suggests Charging $8 per Month for Twitter Verification After Backlash to Reported $20 Fee

Adi Robertson / The Verge: Twitter verification is the line between order and chaos

Jack Denton / Barron’s Online: Stephen King and Elon Musk Spar Over Twitter Charging $20 Monthly for Verification

Michael Kan / PCMag: Elon Musk: $20 Too Much? How About $8 Per Month for a Blue Checkmark?

Jennifer Korn / CNN: Musk suggests charging $8 a month for Twitter verification after criticism for $19.99 plan

Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Let’s Talk About Twitter Verification!

Mehul Reuben Das / Firstpost Tech: Elon Musk may be reconsidering the move to charge $20 a month for verified badges after users trash idea

Marissa Parisi / MUO: Would You Pay to Stay Verified on Twitter?

Nadeem Sarwar / SlashGear: Elon Musk Says Charging For Blue Checkmarks Is ‘Only Way’ To Stop Bots And Trolls

Scott Nover / Quartz: Elon Musk doesn’t understand the purpose of Twitter’s blue checkmark

Clare Duffy / CNN: After Elon Musk’s antics on Twitter, advertisers may think twice for now

Shephali Bhatt / Livemint: So, what’s the big deal about the blue tick anyway?

Alyssa Lukpat / Wall Street Journal: Elon Musk Hints at $8 Monthly Subscription for Twitter’s Verified Users

Ted Johnson / Deadline: Elon Musk Confirms Plan To Charge For Blue Checkmarks, But Pitches Lower Price To Stephen King

Kate Duffy / Insider: Elon Musk tells Stephen King that Twitter needs to pay the bills somehow after the novelist said he’d quit the site if he was charged $20 for verification

James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter: Elon Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King

Rob Thubron / TechSpot: Cybercriminals are taking advantage of Twitter verification revamp

Eli M. Rosenberg / NBC News: Musk teased new Twitter verification system. Some blue checks are seeing red

Abhishek Mishra / Fossbytes: Jack Dorsey Retains Stake In Elon Musk’s Twitter: Here Are The Details

Sumit Adhikari / Android Headlines: Twitter still undecided on the price of verification tick

The Economic Times: Author Stephen King horrified by proposal to monetise Twitter’s blue tick; Elon Musk tries to bargain with him

Tweets:

Stephen King / @stephenking: $20 a month to keep my blue check? Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.

Elon Musk / @elonmusk: @StephenKing We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?

Zack Whittaker / @zackwhittaker: Twitter’s ongoing verification chaos is now a cybersecurity problem. It looks like some people (including in our newsroom) are getting crude phishing emails trying to trick people into turning over their Twitter credentials. https://twitter.com/…

Elon Musk / @elonmusk: @StephenKing I will explain the rationale in longer form before this is implemented. It is the only way to defeat the bots & trolls.

@jason: How much would you pay to be verified & get a blue check mark on Twitter?

Nate Silver / @natesilver538: I’m probably the perfect target for this, use Twitter a ton, can afford $20/mo, not particularly anti-Elon, but my reaction is that I’ve generated a ton of valuable free content for Twitter over the years and they can go fuck themselves. https://www.theverge.com/…

Lynda Carter / @reallyndacarter: Twitter with verification vs. Twitter when I refuse to pay $20 a month for it https://twitter.com/…

@jason: Having many more people verified on Twitter, while removing the bot armies, is the quickest path to making the platform safer & more usable for everyone. These are not the *only* ways to make Twitter safer & more usable, but they will have a quick and dramatic impact.

Katie Mack / @astrokatie: The point of Twitter verification is that for certain individuals/organizations it’s useful to be able to verify their statements are coming from them. (This is why so many journalists/reporters are verified.) It’s supposed to help combat disinformation, not be a status symbol.

Antonio Garc?a Mart?nez / @antoniogm: It’s amusing to watch the very caste whose entire status rides on that little checkmark swearing up and down that they’d never be such losers as to pay for it. You’re going to fork out for it (or your employer will). Who are you kidding? You’d pay more than $20 even. LMAO.

Katie Notopoulos / @katienotopoulos: People are like “ugh I’m leaving Twitter” but I just saw a viral thread where someone argued it’s classist to know how to boil an egg. You can’t put a price on this, you’ll have to drag me out

James Ball / @jamesrbuk: If one in five current blue ticks paid $20 a month that would raise just under $15 million a year for Twitter…Twitter’s current revenues (mostly from ads) are $5 billion a year. Musk’s apparent plan would generate about 30 hours’ worth of annual revenue. https://www.newstatesman.com/ …

@daddyhope: @elonmusk @StephenKing Good morning @elonmusk For a lot of journalists in Africa, verification has helped us to not fall victim to State tactics to use our names to spread propaganda. I have been to jail 3 times inside 6 months for exposing corruption. Few African journalists will afford the US$20. https://twitter.com/…

Donie O’Sullivan / @donie: More importantly, hopefully there’ll be exceptions for human rights organizations and non-profits like @amnesty @MSF_USA @RedCross etc.

@ashleylynch: Getting real genius vibes here. https://twitter.com/…

Shannon Watts / @shannonrwatts: The funniest thing about this is that Elon Musk thinks the issue is that Stephen King is balking at the $20 per month fee. https://twitter.com/…

Jordan Weissmann / @jhweissmann: This was all very well thought out I see https://twitter.com/…

Donie O’Sullivan / @donie: So if this $20/month for verified goes ahead, some news orgs have 100’s of staff verified. They’ll hardly pay to keep everyone verified… right?

Alan White / @aljwhite: I’m worried he hasn’t thought this through. https://twitter.com/…

James Ball / @jamesrbuk: That would come alongside extra cost of tackling impersonation etc for those who don’t pay (Twitter would retain some legal liability for that). And would risk a brand/ad confidence issue. Multiple those if it removes notability requirements for notification for bonus revenue.

Hank Green / @hankgreen: Hilarious thing is, I’m a current twitter Blue subscriber, but I’ll need to unsubscribe if they make verification conditional to having a Twitter Blue subscription because paying for a check mark is 100% cringe. @TwitterBlue https://twitter.com/…

Alex von Tunzelmann / @alexvtunzelmann: Lots of good points in this article and this one is decisive for me, at least. https://twitter.com/… https://twitter.com/…

Garance Franke-Ruta / @thegarance: This is not a business plan. It’s a dominance move against core users who built the platform, demanding they pay fealty to the richest man in the world to preserve their digital authenticity. https://twitter.com/…

Jason Schreier / @jasonschreier: Personally I don’t think you should be able to buy a company with money you don’t have and need to borrow from elsewhere which then becomes debt belonging to the company you just bought but hey

Jason Schreier / @jasonschreier: A lot of people think that Twitter will be destroyed by memes and unmoderated toxicity, but I actually don’t think that’ll happen. Instead it will go out the same way as everything else in America: slow and steady deterioration due to unregulated capitalism and leveraged buyouts

Christian Talbot / @thetall_bot: I hate Elon Musk. If I had the money I’d start an Irish Twitter where nobody is allowed to brag about anything and there’d be only 5 stock responses to people’s posts. 1) I’m sorry for your troubles 2) Grand so 3) Good man yourself 4) I have my own problems 5) Ah here lads

@whatapityonyou: And $3,000 a month for only having one joke https://twitter.com/…

@buffalocialism: [just spent $44 billion of other people’s money] How about you give me $8?

Aaron Levie / @levie: One thing they don’t teach you in business school is that product pricing is often determined through live negotiations with Stephen King. https://twitter.com/…

Dare Obasanjo / @carnage4life: You charge people for value. LinkedIn helps you find a job or hire someone for a job. Amazon delivers goods to you quickly at a flat rate. The question is what value is Twitter providing that’s worth millions of people spending hundreds a year? Editing tweets? A blue check? ??? https://t.co/VL8t8tdAgW

Seamus Hughes / @seamushughes: Story is behind a paywall. https://twitter.com/…

Zack Whittaker / @zackwhittaker: Phishing emails are sent from a Gmail account and point to a Google Doc with a link to a Google Site. Yes, incredibly crude, but looks like this. Clearly capitalizing on the uncertainty around Twitter verification. I forwarded details to Google to review/take down. https://twitter.com/…

Bill Corbett / @billcorbett: https://twitter.com/… https://twitter.com/…

Joe Trippi / @joetrippi: Nope. Take my Blue check mark and shove it. https://twitter.com/…

Dave Lee / @daveleeft: “Having tens of thousands of followers on YouTube or Instagram makes you an income. Having tens of thousands of followers on Twitter makes you a target.” https://www.newstatesman.com/ …

@dragonflyjonez: E*on has no idea how twitter works. Worst person you can be on here is someone who actually genuinely takes this app seriously. $20/month for a blue check isnt gonna drive up the value of verification. That blue check is just gonna show us who all the dorks are

Torsten Kathke / @torstenkathke: This. It’s mind boggling that Musk wouldn’t understand that charging a ridiculously high price from literally 0.2% of users, many of whom would bail because it’s so high isn’t more than a drop in the bucket. https://twitter.com/…

Jacob Silverman / @silvermanjacob: He owes $1b/year in interest on Twitter debt. There’s going to be a lot of throwing shit at the wall and hoping a revenue stream appears. https://twitter.com/…

Gay Dave / @mistahbuhau: I didn’t have “richest man in the world begs Stephen King for $8” on my 2022 bingo card, but here we are. https://twitter.com/…

Cait / @punished_cait: this is literally pathetic lol https://twitter.com/…

@flglmn: imagine how it feels to be a tesla shareholder looking at this https://twitter.com/…

@urbanachievr: In other words, “I paid WAYYYY too much for this website” https://twitter.com/…

Henry Blodget / @hblodget: Outrage and controversy aside, Twitter charging for blue checks won’t help much… https://twitter.com/…

Roon / @tszzl: you can imagine twitter as a content economy. many produce tweets of varying quality, and twitter adds them to their content library. they serve the same content to their consumers and take a little tax for the service in the form of ads. better content served ~ more ads seen

Rachel Tobac / @racheltobac: Scammers are using potential Twitter verification news and updates to trick folks into giving away their credentials via phishing emails fast. Cyber criminals often use breaking or current events and platform updates to trick via email or social media message. Example below. https://twitter.com/…

Adam Ozimek / @modeledbehavior: The optimistic twitter take from @mattyglesias. I put the odds even higher https://twitter.com/…

@jesseltaylor: There are two Twitter camps: one that believes verification is there to verify people are who they say they are, and the other that believes it’s to verify some kind of elite status The latter camp is going to drive this site into the ground https://twitter.com/…

@alexhern: the US-centric tech press hasn’t noticed the funniest part of the verification story which is that Twitter Blue hasn’t shipped in most of the world

Gary Black / @garyblack00: My two cents: Continue to award blue checks for those that are public figures. Maintains exclusivity. Sell green checks for those willing to pay $5-$8/month to get authenticated and not be chased by bots. @Jason https://twitter.com/…

@maximum_chips: Love how a substantial portion of the community think this guy is a business genius but his management style is just lurching the entire organisation in various haphazard directions with no notice or underlying strategy because the edible just hit https://twitter.com/…

Parker / @pt: There are < 500k verified accounts & charging will probably reduce that number 50-90%. At $20/mo that’s $10-45M a year (~.1-.4% revenue boost). This is why you don’t fire your CFO lightly, people. https://twitter.com/…

Michael Saylor? / @saylor: @Jason Twitter would benefit by offering a variety of verification options: Blue – Public/Official Green – Individual Orange – Anonymous Purple – Corporate All accounts could be secured by a monthly fee and/or upfront deposit that would be forfeit for malicious or bot-like behavior.

James Ball / @jamesrbuk: “Musk is welcome to my tick…I don’t think it measurably changes my online experience, which is what it is because of my follower count more than anything else. Musk can come and take my tick from my warm, living hands. Let’s see how the other half lives” https://www.newstatesman.com/ …

Greg Knieriemen / @knieriemen: @Techmeme @jamesrbuk “If the criteria for checking identity are dropped, verification could become a spammer or a hacker’s paradise.” This is a HUGE presumption and is inconsistent with how verification worked when it first opened it up (you had to submit an image of an ID).

Bob Cesca / @bobcesca_go: How about just banning the bots and trolls? Instead you’re punishing people who are definitely NOT bots or trolls — people who submitted government documentation of their identities in order to prove we are who we are. This is a bullshit excuse. https://twitter.com/…

Gergely Orosz / @gergelyorosz: The amusing thing about the $20 for verified arguments is how it shows the mess of the business model Twitter has. There’s a social media site that charges ~$59/month for a gold badge, and up to $9,000/year for power users and few ever complain. That site is called LinkedIn.

Satyajeet Salgar / @salgar: Every other PM at Twitter is shaking their head reading tweets with ideas/opinions folks have thought about for 5-10 mins, that they probably spent weeks debating and experimenting with. A PM is like a sports coach in that everyone thinks they could do your job better.

Lora Kolodny / @lorakolodny: A friend sent me this asking if it’s legit. ?Nope! This is a phishing attempt based on Elon Musk & co. calling for an overhaul of Twitter Blue and verification after the takeover. h/t & cc ?@zackwhittaker? who posted about this earlier. Its spreading around… https://twitter.com/…

Quinn Nelson / @snazzyq: This whole verified Twitter debacle is getting too convoluted. The solution is simple: charge everyone who is currently verified (libs basically), and come up with a new checkmark (red ofc) that denotes actual journalistic sources like Babylon Bee and Breitbart. #TwitterRed

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