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Outrage sparked over Elon Musk’s Twitter fees announcement

Elon Musk has announced that a monthly fee of $8 will now be required for users to retain their verified status. If they are not verified, they will lose their blue tick.


On the 1st of November, the $8/month fee was announced by Elon Musk via Twitter.


Various twitter users expressed their outrage over this development. A voice that could not go unnoticed was that of the acclaimed author Stephen King. In his tweet, the novelist wrote, “$20 a month to keep my blue check? **** that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.”.



He received an impressive amount of backlash for this expression. One comment in particular, that the internet took an interest in, came from LoupyGardener @InvestmentTalk3. The tweet said, “But the truth of the matter is, it is how you stay relevant. Otherwise, no one would even know you’re alive. You’re not going anywhere.” A bevy of individuals followed stating their disbelief.


He mentions a $20 monthly fee, had been the intended amount Elon had thought of. Musk replied to the tweet with a truthful interjection of his own. He stated, “We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?”.


Numerous other users also took to Twitter to air their grievances and opinions. Some questioned the logic of this change, stating that if everyone can be verified what is the point of anyone being verified. More confusion arose, as users were not entirely certain what Elon had planned. They asked if they had to pay Twitter to tell them that they are their real selves. Many simply asked their fellow Twitter users if they would stick to a payment system.


Ayoub Moumni @DarkSheep555, launched a poll asking whether or not people would pay the $20 per month. The results of the poll revealed that 81% voted no. A total of 120 people participated in this poll, reflecting a small but relevant audience.


Elon Musk has since been releasing a multitude of daily tweets informing the public of the irony of people complaining about Twitter on Twitter. He continues to express his opinions regarding the old system of Twitter and explains they will be trying a variety of ideas to see what works and what doesn’t.


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