King’s tweet suggests that he doesn’t like the idea of paying for keeping his blue check. He even goes on to say that if the change is implemented, he’ll be “gone like Enron.”
$20 a month to keep my blue check? Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) 1667215417000
To this, Elon Musk replied that the company needs to pay the bills as Twitter cannot wholly rely on advertisers. He also gave a revised option and asked whether the author is comfortable paying $8 instead of $20.
@StephenKing We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1667279769000
Musk also said that he will explain the rationale in longer form before this change is implemented. “It is the only way to defeat the bots & trolls,” he added in another tweet.
Zack Nelson, a famous YouTuber who posts technology videos on JerryRigEverything channel, also doesn’t seem to like the idea of paying for verification. He says that “Big accounts” (apparently people with verified accounts) are the reason “small accounts” come to Twitter. He argued that even “if payment is required – bots/dead accounts still need to be eliminated among the unverified.”
@elonmusk @StephenKing Big accounts are the reason small accounts even show up to the platform. Twitter ain’t goi… https://t.co/PEhkG86jA9
— JerryRigEverything (@ZacksJerryRig) 1667280563000
Musk also found a bunch of supporters, including Jane Manchun Wong, an engineer who reports on Twitter features that under development. She says that $7.99/month “sounds more reasonable for a premium app experience for a power user.” She even says a lower charge could be introduced for access to a subset of features.
@elonmusk @StephenKing I’m okay with $7.99/month, sounds more reasonable for a premium app experience for a power u… https://t.co/4Y8ALiHeVL
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) 1667282339000
Twitter poll on verification charge
Jason Calacanis, a reported longtime Musk associate and who is brought to the company, posted a poll seeking people’s view on how they are willing to pay for the Blue Tick.
How much would you pay to be verified & get a blue check mark on Twitter?
At the time of writing this story, 81.7% people have voted that they wouldn’t pay, 10.5% agreed on a charge of $5, some are comfortable with $15 and others (2.4%) voted for $10 a month.