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Elon Musk Responds To Stephen King’s Complaints About Twitter Subscription Plan

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Elon Musk Responds To Stephen King’s Complaints About Twitter Subscription Plan

By Movieguide® Contributor

Elon Musk, who recently acquired the social media company Twitter, received backlash over his proposal for a subscription plan. 

Author Stephen King was among the disgruntled users. 

The plan would charge Twitter users who are “verified” $20 a month to keep that status. The verification — a blue checkmark on their account — signifies that the person running the account is who they say they are and not someone posing as a celebrity. 

“$20 a month to keep my blue check?” King tweeted “They should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” 

His followers responded by pointing out that he has plenty of money and could afford the fee. 

King’s response? “It ain’t the money, it’s the principle of the thing.”

Musk replied to King’s worries, writing, “We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot entirely rely on advertisers. How about $8?”

He also explained that the plan is still in development and nothing has been decided yet. 

“I will explain the rationale in longer form before this is implemented,” he tweeted. “It is the only way to defeat bots & trolls.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Musk’s purchase of Twitter:

After months and months of a legal battle between Twitter and Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder agreed to buy the company.

As Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to move forward with his $44 billion acquisition of the popular social media platform, he assured users that he would seek to protect free speech but not let it become a “free-for-all hellscape.”

In the past, Musk had made his stance clear on allowing previously banned accounts—such as former U.S. President Donald Trump—back on Twitter.

However, Musk recently made it clear that he wants to encourage dialogue between users with different beliefs.

“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” Musk wrote in a Tweet. “There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.”

“That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences! In addition to adhering to the laws of the land, our platform must be warm and welcoming to all, where you can choose your desired experience according to your preference, just as you can choose, for example, to see movies or play video games ranging from all ages to mature,” he added.