For the cost of an antenna, free airways used to broadcast television programming, and the broadcasts were replete with sponsors and advertisements. The idea behind networks switching to the new satellite and cable subscriptions was that they would pay for the service and have no advertisements. However, there are now more advertisements than ever before, and a number of services compete for customers’ dollars. With varying success, news programming has entered the world of subscription channels.
Billionaire Elon Musk has only owned Twitter for a week, but he has already made significant adjustments and is testing out his ideas for how to develop and expand the network. Not everyone agrees with all of his ideas.
The SpaceX and Tesla creator is proposing a modification that has to do with authenticated users.
The Verge reports that Musk intends to charge users $20 per month for the verified blue check mark. The publication also states that the “directive is to change Twitter Blue, the company’s optional, $4.99 a month subscription that unlocks additional features, into a more expensive subscription that also verifies users.”
In support of this assertion, the outlet referenced documents and sources. Additionally, although the price is liable to change, users will have to pay $19.99 for Twitter Blue. The outlet also stated that individuals who presently have Twitter Blue verification would have 90 days to sign up for it before their verification expires.
“The Twitter Blue subscription launched widely almost a year ago as a way to view ad-free articles from some publishers and make other tweaks to the app, such as a different color home screen icon. In the few quarters that Twitter reported earnings as a public company after that debut, advertising remained the vast majority of its revenue. Musk is keen on growing subscriptions to become half of the company’s overall revenue,” the report added.
According to the article, Musk gave Twitter employees until the end of the first week of November to make the change or risk losing their jobs.
More than 80% of people who responded to a Twitter survey asking if they would pay for such a service said they would not, prompting Musk to write, “Interesting.”
How much would you pay to be verified & get a blue check mark on Twitter?
Twitter users reacted and expressed their unique concerns; A handful were gathered by Conservative Brief:
That’s the demo that gives Twitter any worth by their usage, said radio commentator Dana Loesch. You collaborate with your power users rather than punishing them. Having said that, I hope this is a joke and either no one is verified or everyone is verified (which will help with bots).
“Ain’t no one paying for digital indulgences except people who bought into Twitter’s weird treatment of verification for status and not actual verification purposes.” according to Loesch. “I’d let it lapse if true.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Social media manager Josh Billinson noted: “It’s gonna be a very funny day on here when 99% of us lose our checks but then we get to know which of you actually thought it was worth paying $20 a month.”
“I think it’s a terrible idea on so many levels. The whole idea of verification was to ensure the authenticity of users/protect from fakes. Now, it will be harder to tell if some people or organizations opt out of verification,” writer Katherine Brodsky wrote on Twitter.
“There will be more misinformation on Twitter if @elonmusk requires verified users to pay for their blue badge,” tweeted Max Abrahams, a national security professor. “The main benefit of the badge is it prevents impersonation.” CONTINUE READING…