Apple Store update to start charging $8 for Twitter for blue tick verification

Twitter updated its application on the Apple App Store to start charging an eight-dollar fee for the blue verification mark, in the first major change to the social networking platform after it became owned by billionaire Elon Musk, according to the Emirati statement.

The change comes after Musk acquired the popular social media company for $44 billion, and Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla for electric cars, laid off half of Twitter’s employees and vowed to charge users more fees.

In the new update, the app said that those who “want to sign up now” for $7.99 a month will have a blue check mark next to their username “just like the celebrities, companies and politicians you already follow.”

Prior to Musk’s acquisition of the company, a blue check mark next to the username on the social media platform meant that Twitter verified that the account belonged to that person or company. It is not yet clear if and how the platform intends to verify the identity of those paying the fees.

According to a notice about the reason for the update, among its other benefits are cutting out half of the ads, the ability to post longer videos on Twitter, and prioritize higher quality content.

Neither Twitter nor Musk via Tesla responded to requests for comment.

Musk previously indicated that he would implement this as part of his efforts to raise funds from the social network and reduce its reliance on advertising. The Twitter account is currently free for most users.

The update said the new service is available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

“Once we’re sure it’s working efficiently in that initial set of countries and we’re done with the translation work, we’ll roll it out worldwide,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.

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