Elon Musk is already offering suggestions for changes he would like to see on the social media platform. In a series of tweets, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said the company should include an “authentication tick” in its Twitter Blue premium subscription service, which costs $2.99 per month.
Twitter adds a checkmark logo next to a username when the account has been verified “authentic, notable, and active.”
Musk threw out other suggestions for Twitter Blue. “Everyone who signs up for Twitter Blue (i.e. pays $3/month) should get an authentication checkmark,” he tweeted.
“The price should probably be around $2/month, but paid 12 months in advance and the account is unchecked for 60 days (watch for CC chargebacks) and suspended without refund if used for scam /spam,” he said.
“And no advertising. The power of corporations to dictate policy is greatly increased if Twitter depends on ad money to survive,” he added.
Musk also suggested Twitter make the authentication ticks for premium follower accounts different from those given to official accounts owned by public figures, for example. Such a move, Musk said, would “massively expand” the pool of verified user accounts and discourage the proliferation of spam “bot” accounts, making them too expensive to maintain.
Musk also shared ideas for how Twitter should charge for his subscription, saying fees “should be commensurate with affordability and in local currency,” and adding, “Maybe even an option to pay in Doge?” referring to the Dogecoin cryptocurrency.
Entry: Associated Press