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Stephen King and Elon Musk face off over new billing on Twitter

Among the first measures that Musk announced for the new Twitter was the charge of $20 per month for those who want to keep their account verified.

In recent days, the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk has generated a lot of controversy and even annoyance, as is the case of the writer Stephen King, who claimed in that social network the application of the monthly charge to verified accounts.

Since billionaire Elon Musk took control of the birdie’s social network last week, a lot of information has emerged about the future of the platform, which has many of its users unhappy.

Among the first measures that Musk announced for the new Twitter was the charge of $20 per month for those who want to keep their account verified with the famous blue check mark, which authenticates those accounts that are official or that belong directly to real public figures.

One of the first celebrities to openly complain about this eventual monthly charge was the famous writer of horror novels Stephen King, who announced that he would leave Twitter if this turned out to be true.

Tycoon Elon Musk was quick to respond to the writer and confirm everything:

The founder of Tesla responded with a tweet that the measure is necessary to pay the accounts of the social network, which cannot depend only on advertising. He also restated the figure so that its cost is $8 instead of $20.

“We have to pay the bills somehow. Twitter cannot totally depend on advertisers. How about $8?” Musk King replied.

Other changes coming to Twitter

In addition to charging verified accounts, Musk has stated that he intends to remove or at least increase beyond the 280 characters allowed in the app so far.

The tycoon has also expressed that the algorithm that drives Twitter should be open source to increase trust in the social network.

Similarly, it is expected that the duration of the videos that can be uploaded on the platform will increase, which currently have a maximum duration of 140 seconds.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.