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Musk Reveals Plans for Further Changes to Verification Status on Twitter

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Musk Reveals Plans for Further Changes to Verification Status on Twitter

By Movieguide® Staff

Elon Musk recently responded to backlash over changes he made to Twitter after the Tesla CEO acquired the social media platform in a $44 billion deal last month.

Musk said that he wants to do away with the current system for the blue checkmark, which previously indicated verified users.

The SpaceX founder said that he wants to implement a paid subscription of $7.99/month for Twitter users to receive the blue check-mark.

“Far too many corrupt legacy Blue ‘verification’ checkmarks exist, so no choice but to remove legacy Blue in coming months,” Musk wrote in a tweet.

The term ‘legacy” referred to Twitter’s old system of handing out check-marks to profiles with high follower counts and media notoriety.

“Blue check will be the great leveler,” Musk added in another Tweet.

However, many Twitter users are unhappy with the impending change. While previously verified users will keep their checkmark for now, every user can subscribe to the Twitter Blue to receive a checkmark of their own.

Musk explained: “Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn.”

Movieguide® previously reported:

New Twitter owner Elon Musk stood his ground to protect free speech despite recent backlash after he released a list of proposed changes to the social media platform.

Reportedly, Musk plans to fire around 25% of the workforce, official firings have yet to take place. The Tesla CEO also announced a paid subscription for the social network in an effort to mitigate the number of fake accounts and spam on the platform.

“We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is, unfortunately, necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward,” an email to Twitter employees read, according to NBC.

According to recent reports, Twitter employees charged with flagging “misinformation” were locked out of their moderation tools since Musk took over.

Despite this, Musk wrote in a tweet that he has made little change in regards to content moderation on the site.

“Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists,” he wrote. “Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.”

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