Just days after taking control of one of the most significant social media platforms in the world, Elon Musk said in a tweet on Sunday that Twitter would change its user verification procedure.
Musk stated in a tweet that “the entire authentication procedure is now being redesigned” without providing any other information.
According to Platformer, a technology publication, Twitter (TWTR.N) is thinking about charging for the coveted blue check mark that confirms the identity of the account holder. Platformer cited two people with knowledge of the situation.
If the initiative is approved, users would have to pay $4.99 per month for Twitter Blue in order to keep their “verified” badges.
The project could still be abandoned and the CEO of Tesla Inc. (TSLA.O) has not made a final decision, but Platformer predicts that verification will likely be included in Twitter Blue.
Separately, according to internal letters they obtained, The Verge claimed on Sunday that Twitter will raise the monthly subscription fee for Twitter Blue, which also validates users, from $4.99 to $19.99.
As the platform’s first subscription service, Twitter Blue was introduced in June of last year. For a monthly subscription fee, it provides “exclusive access to premium features,” including the ability to edit tweets.
After Musk asked his tens of millions of Twitter followers whether they wanted an edit button in April, the feature to edit tweets was also made accessible earlier this month. Yes votes totaled almost 70%.
According to a separate Verge article on Sunday citing staff members with knowledge of the situation, Musk has also asked that logged-out users accessing Twitter’s website be diverted to the Explore tab, which displays trending tweets.