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Stephen King reacts to Elon Musk’s billing for Twitter verifications: ‘I left like Enron’


Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion last week has spurred a palpable split in confidence in its new billionaire CEO. Its supposed plan to charge verified users $20 a month to keep their blue ticks was suddenly confirmed on Tuesday – after horror author Stephen King complained.

“$20 a month to keep my blue check? » King tweeted on Monday to his 6.9 million followers. “F**k that, they should pay me. If instituted, I’m gone like Enron.

Musk’s takeover came with a promise to defeat the platform’s bots and investigate its algorithms to tackle what he saw as an uneven playing field when it comes to political expression. Now essentially Twitter’s chief moderator ahead of the midterm elections, he has amplified questionable theories about Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who was recently attacked in his home.

However, King was more concerned about impending subscription fees for verified Twitter users. Musk plans to make Twitter Blue — an optional version that would cost $4.99 per month and allow users to edit their tweets — a mandatory service for verified accounts, according to The Verge.

“We have to pay the bills one way or another!” Musk responded to King’s tweet on Tuesday. “Twitter cannot entirely rely on advertisers. How about $8? I will explain the rationale in a longer form before this is implemented. This is the only way to defeat bots and trolls.

Author Stephen King has threatened to quit Twitter if the platform implements a $20 monthly fee, which owner Elon Musk says will now be $8.

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Many explained to Musk on his own platform that vetting is not a status symbol, but a tool to prevent unaccredited self-proclaimed journalists from appearing as trustworthy voices. Checkmarks also prevent impersonators from impersonating public figures and build user trust.

“Twitter’s current lords and peasants system for who does or doesn’t have a blue tick is bullshit.” Musk tweeted on Tuesday. “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.

Musk added that users with the subscription will be able to “post long videos and audio” and receive “half as many ads”. He also claimed public figures, such as politicians, will have “a secondary name tag” to confirm their identity. Tuesday evening, he tweeted: “Please keep complaining, but it will cost you $8.”

“It’s not the money” King replied to a Twitter user who told him he could afford the price, “that’s the principle of the thing”.

It remains to be seen whether the author of “The Shining” will abandon the platform after the implementation of this subscription service. Musk reportedly told staff overseeing the change that they had to complete the project by November 7 – or they would be fired.



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