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Twitter could charge 20 euros per month for account certification

By Clara Durand

Posted 1 minute ago, Updated 1 minute ago

Even before his takeover, Elon Musk had stressed his desire to review the way Twitter verifies accounts and manages robots. DADO RUVIC / REUTERS

Certified users would have 90 days to subscribe or risk losing their blue badge. Meanwhile, the first layoffs decreed by Elon Musk are preparing.

Barely became the boss of Twitter, Elon Musk marks his territory. First request made to employees: “meet the deadline for launching a paid verification of certified accounts on the social network,reveals in an article published on October 31, the American site The Verge. The certification in question consists of a small blue tick placed next to the name of an account deemed “of public interest”, via Twitter. It ensures that the account in question belongs to a media, a political figure, a journalist, a celebrity… thus limiting the risk of identity theft.

Elon Musk’s directive is to turn Twitter Blue, an optional $4.99 per month subscription that unlocks exclusive features. Twitter Blue would now certify users, says The Verge, and would become more expensive.

90 days to pay and keep checkmark

Twitter plans to charge the new subscription $19.99 per month. As of November 7, when employees must launch the new feature, certified users would have 90 days to subscribe…or risk losing said blue tick. Even before his takeover, Elon Musk had stressed his desire to review the way Twitter verifies accounts and manages robots.

However, nothing has been specified regarding certified accounts in countries where the Twitter Blue subscription is not offered, such as in France. The question arises as to whether the users in question should still pay $19.99 to maintain their certification without having access to the other advantages offered by the subscription, such as editing tweets.

A first wave of layoffs to come

In addition, details have been provided as to the fate reserved for Twitter employees. Members of billionaire Elon Musk’s inner circle sat down with Twitter’s latest senior executives throughout the weekend. They have ” conducted extensive discussions on the site’s approach to content moderation, as well as a plan to lay off 25% of the workforce “, revealed the Washington Post. This first straight cut should take place in the coming days and concern all trades.

Earlier this year, Elon Musk reportedly told potential takeover partners he wanted to cut nearly 75% of Twitter’s total workforce. Last week, during his visit to the headquarters of the social network, the billionaire told employees that this information was false.




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