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    Twitter’s “blue check” badge will cost users $8 per month.

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    A blue verified account check next to your name on Twitter will cost you $8 per month, according to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

    The coveted blue checkmark next to a user’s name, reserved for celebrities and other well-known people, is presently available at no cost.

    Mr. Musk claimed it was “important to eliminate spam/scam” as part of improvements made following a $44bn buyout of the social networking site.

    The shift might make it difficult to find credible sources, warn opponents.

    According to Mr. Musk, premium subscribers would also have less ad load and faster response times.

    Prior to this change, Twitter required users who were often impersonated (celebrities, politicians, and journalists) to fill out a brief online application form in order to get a blue tick authenticating their account.

    In 2009, the corporation developed the technology after being sued for not preventing fake accounts.

    Despite some businesses’ growing unease about advertising on Twitter under Musk’s leadership, he has maintained that this is a goal of his.

    Last week, Tesla’s main competitor, General Motors, said it will stop advertising on the site.

    A media buyer for a large advertising agency told the BBC that while they wait to see how Mr. Musk’s ideas pan out, several other big firms have discreetly halted advertising on the site.

    In a response to Twitter user, Mr. Musk said, “We need to pay the bills somehow!”

    Additionally, Musk said, “This will also provide Twitter with an income stream to compensate content creators.”

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