Elon Musk launches his “premium” Twitter and will charge $8 to verified accounts

Elon Musk said the premium version of Twitter, called Blue, will cost $8 per month and make a check mark for user accounts that pay subscription.

Musk, who acquired the social network for $44 billion last week, said that these Blue users also get priority in Twitter replies, mentions and searchesand half as many ads.

Musk bought Twitter after months of back and forth.

Musk called Twitter Inc.’s current verification system, which applies a verification mark to users and brands that may be at risk of being impersonated, a “gentlemen and peasants” system. “Power to the people!” he tweeted, asking people to pay US$8 a month.

Previous press reports have indicated that those who don’t pay will lose their checkmarks, but Musk did not comment on that.

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