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Twitter’s verification could cost you $20 a month; here’s the detail

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Twitter is looking to ask you to pay it for verification. You may soon have to pay up to $20 a month for the coveted blue check.

Elon Musk’s first major new Twitter feature might cost you money. The corporation is thinking of charging customers to be verified and have the signature blue check mark next to their account name.It’s something Twitter has already given to select accounts for free, with mixed results.

Jason Calacanis, a longstanding Musk acquaintance who has been brought in to assist manage Twitter, ran a poll over the weekend asking how much people would be prepared to pay for the privilege. The great majority of people said they “wouldn’t pay.”

Elon Musk fought with Steven King on Twitter late Monday when the irate novelist suggested the site compensate him instead.  Musk suggested $8, while saying that Twitter has to figure out how to pay the bills, as it cannot survive only on advertising revenue.

Twitter may even charge as much as $20 a month for the right of having the blue check, according to a source familiar with the situation. According to the individual, Twitter’s current premium version, named Twitter Blue, would be coupled with the authentication procedure, and some of its present features would be reduced. Whether or not you use Twitter, the shift may have far-reaching consequences for anything from propaganda to elections. Here’s what you should know.

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