Elon Musk announces important news for Twitter: a monthly subscription plan costing $ 8 and improvements to the platform’s features.
Elon Musk officially bought Twitter for $ 44 billion recently and is ready to introduce changes to the platform, up to now completely free for all users and in all its features.
Musk’s first actions as the social network owner have already raised some controversy. The entrepreneur, interacting with some well-known accounts through tweets, including the famous Stephen King, announced the iron will to want to insert paid plans, explaining his reasons.
Twitter Won’t Be Completely Free: Elon Musk’s Announcement
“You get what you pay for,” said Elon Musk in a series of tweets where he announced that he wanted to include a paid plan for Twitter and declared the current system “gentlemen and peasants”. What he has in mind is a kind of Premium subscription, Twitter Blue, intended mainly for those who want to get and keep the blue check of verified accounts.
The subscription plan will cost around $ 8 per month, but its price won’t be the same for all countries. The cost should be adapted to the purchasing power of each reality, making it less demanding for those in greater difficulty.
With the new plan, some Twitter functionality improvements are also planned. The advertisements will be significantly reduced, and there will be the possibility to publish videos longer than the limit of 2 minutes and 20 seconds present at the moment.
According to the Washington Post, Musk is also thinking of a new Paywalled video feature, which would allow creators to publish videos on Twitter and charge users for viewing at variable prices: 1, 2, 5 or 10 dollars.
Elon Musk’s Response To Criticism
The news, which seems increasingly certain, came through a series of tweets by Elon Musk and has not yet been made official by the company. However, criticisms of the entrepreneur from the most loyal users of the platform did not take long, who did not welcome his words.
Many do not seem willing to pay money to be able to use the service and have given life to a real tug-of-war, made of back and forth, with the entrepreneur. Elon Musk, who doesn’t seem willing to be intimidated by the controversy, confidently reiterated his intentions by publishing a series of ironic memes.
The new revenues, deriving from the subscription, are used to improve the platform and allow it to keep up with the times. The goal is also to reward Twitter’s most talented content creators. Nothing is known about the expected times for the arrival of the update.