Like anyone who has just made a potentially annoying purchase, Elon Musk is looking for new ways to make a quick buck. He has an idea to create a Twitter subscription that will quickly become essential for content creators, at the risk of a two-speed system.
Despite many controversies and changes, one of the main issues surrounding Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter is the plan to charge users for verification. While early internal indiscretions initially indicated that it would go for $20/month, Elon Musk’s latest tweets indicate that the test will eventually cost $8/month.
What can you get for $8 a month?
What we know about this paid Twitter subscription is that it will be installed from Twitter Blue, a subscription already available in some English-speaking countries. Thus, Elon Musk confirms that this new subscription will be widely distributed, and its price will be adjusted according to the country according to “purchasing power”.
Elon Musk continued to chat on Twitter throughout the day. He explained that this subscription would allow his subscribers to have priority in replies, mentions and research, the ability to post long videos and audio, and half the ads. According to Elon Musk, it’s also a way to partner with media outlets that want to offer paywall bypass to generate revenue. Elon Musk claims that this subscription system will give Twitter revenue to “reward content creators.”
What seems surprising here is that Elon Musk is quick to make decisions based on the responses he gets or the tweets he sees. For example, when he discovered a tweet from writer Stephen King, he decided to only charge $8 instead of $20.
We need to pay our bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about 8 dollars?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
After this exchange, Elon Musk wrote: “I will explain the reasoning in more detail before this is implemented. This is the only way to defeat bots and trolls. “. According to him, paid Twitter will effectively fight bots and spam.
These features will be added to the current Blue subscription, which costs $5 per month and is available in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This allows users to modify their tweets, get early access to new features, and more. However, Twitter Blue and the verification system are currently completely separate, at least for now.
Critics point out that this new system could thwart the current goal of verification: to show that a Twitter account actually belongs to the brand, celebrity, journalist, influencer, or author they claim to be.
Uncertainty about the future of Twitter
We have yet to see how this works out, but at the moment, Twitter users are facing a lot of uncertainty about the future of the social network.
Anyone who has used Twitter knows that it can often be a social network full of harassment, bullying, and conspiracy theories. However, over the past few years, Twitter has created internal content moderation and user safety groups in an attempt to improve the user experience. The takeover of Elon Musk could jeopardize these improvements. The billionaire says he doesn’t think Twitter should moderate content that much, and he also said he won’t remove legal content.
Across the Atlantic, Elon Musk’s remark about releasing the bird was met with a warning from Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. In response to the entrepreneur, which sounds like a call to order, the politician reminded on October 28, 2022, “that in Europe the bird will fly according to our rules.”
Back in April, Thierry Breton pointed out that Elon Musk-flavored Twitter couldn’t justify law enforcement in Europe, no matter what he said. Where appropriate, the DSA (Digital Services Act) allows for fines potentially as high as 6% of global turnover. With the repetition of offenses, even expulsion from the Old World is possible.
Currently, Twitter has not changed its moderation policy. Nevertheless, Elon Musk announced the creation of the “Content Moderation Board”. He said the new body would bring together “very different points of view” and that no decisions on content policy or account recovery would be made until the council met.
According to Bloomberg, whose information was used by Numerama, Elon Musk would first make a decision to cancel lifetime exclusions from the social network. This certainly applies to Donald Trump, who will soon be able to tweet again. As for the long term, we’re waiting to hear more about Project X already mentioned by Elon Musk.
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