A rumor confirmed by the main interested party. Tuesday, November 1, the brand new boss of Twitter Elon Musk confirmed that he was considering charging the owners of certified accounts on his platform. While the press, especially in the US, refers to a monthly rate of $19.99 per month, many platform users protested against this potential measure.
This is the case, for example, of the American writer Stephen King (6.9 million subscribers) who openly criticized Elon Musk’s idea. “20 dollars a month to keep my certification. And then what else, they should pay me instead. If this were to be implemented, I’m leaving like Enron (a reference to fraud and financial manipulation that rocked the States States in 2001)”. Earlier, British actress Kathy Burke also protested, in similar terms, against this measure.
A few hours later, Elon Musk came out of his silence on this idea of paid certification. “We have to pay the bills one way or another! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8? I will explain the rationale [d’une telle mesure] in a longer form before this is implemented. It’s the only way to defeat bots and trolls.”he assured.